Karen Opper

Obituary of Karen Margaret Lyn Opper

Opper, Karen Margaret Lyn (nee Kinsman)

On Monday, February 15, 2021 at the Brantford General Hospital, while serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in her 65th year. Karen Opper, beloved wife and eternal companion of Dr. David Opper. Loving mother of Daniel (Natalie), Joseph (Tealka), Adam (Bonnie), Mark (Brooke), Aaron (Ashley), Andrew, Noah Opper (fiancé Kiana), Ricardo (Loretta) Vernet, Ian (Roselle) Wright. Dearest daughter of the late John “Jack” and Barbara Kinsman. Dear sister of Kathy (Mike) Lacey and the late Wes (Deb) Kinsman. Much loved grandmother of Quinn, Holland, Molly, Theo, Olivia, Oksanna, Orrin, Roran, Christopher, Corbin, Finley and Merrick. Lovingly remembered by her nephews Will and Cameron. Karen grew up in the Peterborough,Ontario area as the eldest of three children. In her childhood, she loved to read books and ride horses, eventually saving up enough money from her job at Eatons to own her own horse, Julie. She attended Queen Mary Public School, Peterborough Collegiate, Trent University and Queen’s University. Trained as an elementary school teacher, she taught for a year in Wabasca, Alberta before accepting a position to teach studentswith complex special needs at W. Ross MacDonald School in Brantford, Ontario. During this time, she caught the eye of her future husband while giving a speech at a church conference. After a short courtship of only a few months, they married for time and all eternity in Cardston, Alberta. Their first few years of marriage took her again to the far north where she began raising children and working as a postmistress on skidoo in a small mining town on Lake Athabasca. She and her family eventually settled in Brantford, where she devoted herself to raising her many sons and serving in many volunteer positions for her church. Her ministry included leading a variety of organizations that promoted the development and support of children, youth, and women in her community. Leading a very busy household, she cherished the biannual family vacations on Georgian Bay, and many travels with her husband. In her later years, she loved swimming at the community pool, long talks with family and friends, and spending time with her grandchildren. She passed away while serving as a full time missionary for her church. A private service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.. Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic those people invited have been contacted. Those wishing to see the funeral service, they are welcome to watch it live streamed at https://zoom.us/j/96216434307, Webinar ID: 962 1643 4307. A private interment at Little Lakes Cemetery, Peterborough at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the MS Society gratefully appreciated. Those wishing to offer condolences or memories may send them to mccleisterfuneralhome.ca   McCleister (519) 758-1553.

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