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Karolina Garb

September 5, 1921 - February 22, 2014


KAROLINA born in Slovenia, she served in the war after studying in the retail business.

She met Milan and married a year later in 1947. They searched for a new life and found it in Canada, she followed him in 1957. She broke through early feelings of homesickness by immersing herself in family and tending her beloved flower and vegetable garden in Kitimat. The next 28+ years they lived their dream in their beautiful retirement home in Burton. She worked diligently and with determination enjoying each step of a task as evidence of her love of God.

Gardening was her passion and nourishment, her love, cooking and baking was ours.
Her loved friends at church and Sunday worship helped to strengthened her.
Mom was easy to befriend and loved to share the seeds and fruit of their combined labour until her late 80’s.

She died peacefully at Minto House with husband Milan, immediate family and granddaughter Nicole.   

Thanks to the staff at Minto House, and Dr. Goranson.

Survived by her husband Milan, Son Carl (Hope) NZ, Roy BC, and Daughter Milena

(John) BC Grandchildren Raymond, Andrea, Step grandchild Carissa, Grandchildren

Matthew, Nicole, Natalie and 11 Great grandchildren. Also survived by brother Hrabro, Slovenia, nieces and nephews.

A Family gathering will be held at a latter date. Cremation by her request.

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From: Jessy Damaso
Relation: Next door neighbour in Kitimat, BC

Grandma Garb (that’s what we called her) you took such great care of my sister Sandra and I when we were little kids on Yukon Street in Kitimat. You were the best babysitter and a tremendous help to our mother. We had so many great adventures with you and misadventures thanks to me. It saddens me to hear you have left us but your memory will live on in my heart. Many many years have passed since I saw you last and wish I could have seen you again one more time before you left us. But, I know you are with God now looking down on us all. My deepest condolences go out to Grandpa Garb, Carl, Roy, Milena, Nicole and Natalie.

Jessy Damaso

From: Sandra Damaso Kilgren
Relation: Next door neighbour, Kitimat, BC

My brother and I quickly named our next door neighbours Grandma and Grandpa Garb. Grandma Garb became our babysitter and our memories of her would create a movie better than Mary Poppins. We loved hiking with her to the river, through trails, and up the mini mountains. She showed us all the best places to pick berries. Often we would go on adventures with a packed lunch and the key that my mom gave her to our house. The key which I eventually inherited and still have as a special keepsake. Grandma had the most beautiful flower and vegetable garden. The strawberries were delicious and I loved the pretty snap dragons. Grandma Garb made the best food, I especially remember her strudel. When I was sick of being at home I would run away, across the yard to Grandma’s house. There I would have something good to eat, talk with her, watch her mend clothes and cook, and follow her around while she tended to the garden. She aIso taught me how to collect stamps. I was very blessed to have had such a beautiful person in my life. The last time I spoke with Grandma she remembered right away who I was and asked me lots of questions about my family. I am so glad I called her and we were both in tears by the end of the conversation and told each other how much we loved one another. It is beyond words the depth of her impact on our lives. She was a tremendous help to our mother and she is greatly missed. I send my most sincerest condolences to her family.

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