December 18, 1941 – March 14, 2016
Born Karen June Campbell on December 18th, 1941 in St. Rose du Lac, Manitoba. Karen was the first daughter to William Delbert and Anita Lucille (Ledoux) Campbell. Raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba along with her sister Dawn. At the age of 18, she moved to Winnipeg before heading west to Vancouver.
Karen married Conrad (Sonny) Thorpe, in 1969, divorced in 1974, they had their only son Noel Thorpe in 1970. In 1990, Karen married the love her life and soul mate Keith Sjostrom. They were devoted to each other, sharing their passion for life, adventure, family and fun for over 26 years.
An original foodie, who loved to cook and entertain, she loved a good wine, was an avid runner and health enthusiast, grouse grinder, sea-wall cyclist, and spending time at the beach. Never one to turn down a good shopping experience, she had a great taste for fashion and decorating.
Karen's early career started as a flight attendant for Transair. She held leadership positions at CALFAA, Canada Business Centres, and Executive Office Centres. She was active in the Vancouver Board of Trade. She completed her Executive MBA at UBC, and continued to share her business knowledge and experience through the Junior Achievement program at York House.
She was a fiercely proud and devoted Mother in raising her son, devoting many volunteer hours for Kitsilano Little League and Westside Warrior Minor Football.
Karen and Keith have built many close friendships with their involvement with both Point Grey and Dunbar Lawn Bowling and Croquet Clubs. The family would like to acknowledge the friendship and support of several members who they have become close with.
Karen was a most genuine and gentle soul. She was loved by many cousins and extended family across the country. The family extends their thank you to those family and friends who have extended their sympathies and shared stories of the fond memories they shared with Karen.
Karen is survived by her husband Keith Sjostrom, son Noel (Erminia) Thorpe, sister Dawn (Glen) Laing, nieces Melissa (Gary) Housty and Breanna, nephew Jeffrey, and grandchildren Emma and Peyton.
At Karen's request, no Funeral or Memorial is to be held, please consider a charitable donation in Karen's memory to the BC Cancer Foundation, The family would like to acknowledge Dr. Kenneth Chan, for his care through some 40 years as well as the many physicians at the BC Cancer Agency.
"Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence" – Desiderata