Karla Mae and Katharine Renai Mihok
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Karla Mae Otto Mihok Katharine Renai Mihok

Norfolk - Karla Mae "Maizie" Mihok, 43, exceptional wife and mother, passed away unexpectedly on July 23, 2014. Her daughter, Katharine Renai, 8, joins her in heaven. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Michael; daughter, Shelby; parents, Joyce and Eugene Otto, Rick and Kathy Mihok; siblings Jim and Becky Otto, Annette and Steve Soward, Sue and Ron Yartin, Brenda and Jack Black, Jean McElwain, Heather Mihok, David Mihok; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Karla was born in Altoona, PA, and graduated from Altoona Area High School in 1987. She earned an associate's degree from Point Park in Pittsburgh, PA and lived for a time in Northern Virginia and Florida before moving to Virginia Beach in 1998. She met her husband through military re-enacting; they married in 2001 and settled in Norfolk.

Karla was known for her very easy laugh and great wit, influenced by her love of British comedy and drama. Many knew of her being a Jane-ite and Eyre-head and loved talking about Monty Python, Dr. Who, Downton Abbey, Jane Eyre, or Pride & Prejudice. She was a very creative, crafty person who also loved tending to the herbs and vegetables she and her family had planted. Karla was a troop leader for both her daughters' Girl Scout troops, and after working at Amerigroup Corporation for several years, she homeschooled their daughter Shelby. She was a faithful member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, joining her husband to teach Sunday school.

Katharine was an energetic and happy child. She loved throwing kisses in the air, posing for pictures, being outdoors discovering, dancing to music, being in the pool, going to school, Girl Scouts and earning badges, and visiting with people. Most of all, she loved her family and her big sister.

A celebration of their lives will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Colonial Ave., Norfolk with Rev. Jack Howell officiating. A private burial will occur at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages either a donation to the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters or Operation Smile, both in Norfolk. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the family through www.hdoliver.com.

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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Jul. 26, 2014.
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August 6, 2014
I met Karla at Amerigroup, and am deeply sorry for the family's loss. On occasion I had the pleasure of conversing with her on various matters as our two departments would cross paths. The one thing I remember about her was her charm and infectious smile, and never once can I remember having a conversation that was anything but positive and upbeat. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family.
Stuart Bulluck
August 3, 2014
Many prayers to the family. May peace and comfort be surrounding at this difficult time!
Becky Sheehan
August 2, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Lisa Jones
July 29, 2014
July 28, 2014
Katharine will be missed. Wishing the family peace during this difficult time.
Joan Boshart
July 28, 2014
I am praying for your family for comfort and understanding at this heartbreaking time. We are so sorry for your loss.
Diane Cooper
July 28, 2014
To Karla's Family, I worked with Karla for several years & I can envision her contagious smile every time I say her name. She was ALWAYS warm & pleasant to be around. I am so VERY sorry for your family's losses. Please know that people you don't even know are praying for you. May God give you strength you didn't know was possible. God Bless You!
Lynnette Griffin
July 28, 2014
Terribly sorry to hear this. Our family is keeping you in our thoughts.
Roger Turner
July 27, 2014
She was a wonderful woman and a great friend. Karla was a fantastic mother and we loved the whole family. Karla and Katharine please rest in peace.
Kathy Brantley
July 27, 2014
To The Family: I often called Katharine "America's Next To Model" , she had a certain walk (like she was on a runway )about her,blew kisses,and waved like Queen Elizabeth. That is how I will always remember her.
Sabina Barlow
July 26, 2014
Sending prayers your way for peace and comfort for you guys and your family.
Joyce Fifield
July 26, 2014
Katharine will be truly miss.
Lenora D.Carr
July 26, 2014
Losts of prayers to the family, especially to the father and Shelby
Isabella W
July 26, 2014
Love and prayers to all of the family. Prayers for comfort and peace. I am so saddened to hear about Karla and her daughter's passing.
Lori Marple
July 26, 2014
My prayers go out to the Mihok family. Katharine will be truly missed by her Crossroads family.
Pam Saks
July 26, 2014
July 26, 2014
I will truly miss seeing your sweet little face and smile little girl. Prayers and thoughts to your family.
Susan Cook
July 26, 2014
May God walk with your family through your sorrow. We love all of you and will keep you in our prayers.
George & Connie Robbins
July 26, 2014
May God bring comfort to those who knew and loved Karla and Katherine.
July 26, 2014
God bless this family in their moments of need. They will never be forgotten by the lord or their friends and family. Our love and prayers are with you always.
Teresa Daniels
July 26, 2014
My thoughts & prayers are with you. My heart is broken by the sorrow of the loss in our family. May God put his loving arms around us & bring peace & comfort. I love you all.
Carol (Otto) Powell
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