“In the depths of winter, I finally learned there was in me, an invincible summer.”

~ Albert Camus

A life long resident of Vernon, Karin Henkelmann, known by many and loved by all that knew her, has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly  on December 20th, 2015 from a massive stroke.

Know as a charitable giving and caring individual, she will be sorely missed by friends and family. Karin possessed a strength that was not visible upon first meeting, yet Karin would face and overcome obstacles, with a smile and without complaining all the while inspiring friends and coworkers.

Whether travelling to Kelowna with her life long friend Cindy for a New Years Eve bingo Marathon, or together on an outing to Vegas, Karin always brought with her joy and happiness to spread. 

Karin finished school with never missing a day or class, then found a job that fit her like a glove for 38 years. Karin was an individual in every sense of the word, and expressed her passions through her artistic side, sharing her ceramic creations with those she loved.

Of all the people I’ve known over the years, Karin would easily qualify as the most honest person I’ve ever known. If Karin returned home after shopping and found that the clerk had given her more change back, she would return to the store immediately and return the excess, no matter the amount or distance travelled. To her, if you’d return when overcharged, there was no question about returning that in her favour.

Karin’s love of family was evident whether sharing a special Christmas with her nieces Jennifer and Sarah Kopp, or a weekend long crib game with her brother Kevin.  With Karin all were held in a special place but none more than her beloved Mom, Valentina Henkelmann (Wally). She will be lovingly remembered by her younger sister’s Anne (Don Beahm) de Moissac, Elsa (Terry) Kopp, her brother Kevin Henkelmann, her friend of 40 years, Cindy and extended family members and friends. Each will be left with memories of a wonderful, kind, generous, loving sister, friend, and daughter who made life richer for everyone just by being there.

Of all of Karin’s friends, Cindy Van Wicklin and her family held a special place in her heart, sharing in good times, and those of a less joyful nature. Their New Years Eve bingo games were a tradition spanning 25 years, ending with a winning evening on the 2014 turn of the clock. 

Karin was so much more than met the eye. She was an avid reader with a personal library containing thousands of books. She was a Trekie through and through, a lover of all science fiction and fantasy.  Ancient history with a major focus on life during the reign of the Egyptian Pharaohs became a life long pursuit of Karin’s that included collecting Egyptian themed furniture, paintings, and decorations.  

A lover of animals, but a true cat person, there will be a lot of furry friends missing her, which extended to being a life long supporter of the SPCA, so anyone wishing to send flowers or show their loss through gifts, please, please give instead to the SPCA on Karin’s behalf. That is what she would want. She was a generous charitable giver who would share with all and was willing to help anyone in need.

Karin was cremated and has requested that there be no service or ceremony. The family would like to thank the staff of Vernon Jubilee Hospital, the ICU, and Emergency Responders.

As I write this my aim is to have those that knew Karin wishing they had known her better and those not fortunate enough to have known her, wishing they had. Our world was a better place because Karin was in it, and the world would be better if more people had Karin’s qualities.

Cremation arrangements have been made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605 27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 • (250) 542-1187

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