Kabbes, Karen

April 27 1964 - September 28, 2015


With peaceful acceptance, Karen (age 51) passed away at home on September 28, 2015 while receiving palliative care. Adored wife of Don Kabbes (Brigden) and cherished mother of Jeff and friend Carlene and Luke and friend Hannah. Precious daughter of Bruce and Betty Bradley of rural Tupperville. Dear sister of Patty (Todd) Unsworth (Inwood) and sons Joe and Jake. Deeply loved sister-in-law of Margaret (Evert) TenBruggencate (St Thomas), and children Adam and Betsy, Melissa and Steve, David, and Sarah; Marian (Homer) Lensink (Burlington) and children Matthew and Jennifer, Stephen and Brooke, Jonathon and Elizabeth; Bill (Ann) Kabbes (Arthur) and children Dan and Amanda, Andrew and Kimberly, Mark and Megan, Paul and Jennifer; Dave (Tracy) Kabbes (Drayton) and children Ally, Kari, Amy and Patrick. Tender hearted Great Auntie of: Katherine, Philip, Charlotte, Gilbert, Tyler, Makayla, Nathaniel, Ellana, Anna, Axel, Samantha, Matteo and Jaxson. Treasured by many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. Joyfully fulfilled by companions old Tuck and sweet Gracie. Karen is predeceased by her parents-in-law, Fred and Trudy Kabbes. Karen brought extraordinary skill and compassion to her patients at Bluewater Health during her career as a nurse. Karen’s greatest pleasures in life were spending time with family, offering her natural compassion to people, embracing daily life in the rural community, creating peace in her surroundings and in decorating her home and gardens with primitive touches.

Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden, on Wednesday September 30, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00pm.

Funeral service, officiated by Pastor Tim Brown will be held from Steadman Brothers Funeral Home, on Thursday October 1, 2015 at 11:00am.

Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, 3164 St. Clair Pkwy, Sombra.

In Karen’s memory, sympathy may be expressed through donations to: CKHA Foundation, Oncology Patient Basket Fund; World Vision and Canadian Food Grains Bank, Sixth Line United Church Growing Project.

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  1. Don & Family: I am sincerely sorry to hear of your loss of Karen. Laurie MacLean, previously of Stewart Insurance Brokers, Dresden

  2. Dear Don and family
    We were so saddened to hear of Karen’s passing. Of course our most recent meeting with Karen was when your family came to view the house & farm. Karen was so charming and delightful, we are so glad that she was able to see your son established at the farm – just down the road. We have driven by the farm on occasion and are very pleased with the changes you have made – I’m sure that Karen had input into those choices. We are very sorry for your grief and wish you peace in the days ahead as you cherish the memories….blessings Ron & Susan

  3. Thinking of a great lady who brought such joy to many outside of her family, such as us, the Heideman family. We are honored to have met this soul along life’s journey, she brought much inspiration and care to our family. We will never forget her strength and pure love extended out. Now today and years to come, Don, Jeff and Luke, you can always know that she was an amazing example of one who showed Gods’ light and joy.
    Our deepest condolences for your loss, she is truly heaven’s gain…
    John and Marg Heideman and family

  4. It was a privilege to know Karen and her family, and to be able to share with them in their many happy life events, as well as the last few years of not so happy times. Even when things were not going so well, Karen’s spirit managed to shine through and her beautiful smile could light up a room. I always looked forward to seeing Karen in my office, and at the hospital. She fought her cancer very bravely, making the best of the past 5 years. Those years were filled with more living and loving than those of many cancer-free individuals.
    My sincere condolences to Don, Jeffrey and Lucas, as well as to the rest of Karen’s extended family.
    She will be sorely missed, but well and fondly remembered.

  5. Dear Don and family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in your loss. Know you are in our hearts and our prayers.
    Trish and family.

  6. Don: We were so very sorry to hear of your loss. We are keeping you close in our thoughts during this very sad time and wish you and your family comfort and peace. With Sympathy – Bill and Betty Watson

  7. Don and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Sending you our deepest sympathies!

  8. Don. I wanted to express my deepest condolences on the death of your wife. God has another angel in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. I have fond memories of working with Karen at St. Joe’s ICU. We often road to work together when the family lived in Petrolia. She was a totally dedicated nurse and loved her family deeply. Her sunny smile and gentle disposition touched the lives of many. She will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to Dan and family

  10. Don & Family,
    So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.
    Larry, Diane and family.

  11. Karen will always be remembered as a great soul to our world. Our prayers and sympathy for her family. Love to her entire family.
    Brian and Denise Cuthbertson

  12. Don, Jeff, Luke and Family,

    We were all saddened to here of Karen’s passing. We hope you all find the strength and courage push forward. We are all thinking of you.

    All Your Friends at Petrolia Minor Hockey

  13. Dearest Betty, Bruce, Patty and family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful Karen. She was always such a kind, warm girl and I have such fond memories of her. Thinking of you and your family, Sherry (Whiting) DiCienzo

  14. To Don & Family; Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Karen has had a long struggle and is now at peace with no pain and may God give you strength to carry on in the days ahead and treasure the many great memories she left you with. Love Jim & Anne Duffy and family.

  15. May your memories bring comfort at this time and in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. Don,Bruce and Betty ,patty and Todd and families so sorry for your loss,very kind and gentle soul,may your memories help you through your loss

  17. Don, Jeff and Luke,
    We were so saddened to hear of Karen’s passing but so grateful of the time you had together this past summer. What a courageous battle she fought. May you all find comfort in knowing Karen is no longer suffering. She will forever be in your hearts and ours.
    You will be in our thoughts and prayers,
    Sincerely Patrick and Sandy Turner
    Harriston, ON

  18. Dear Don,
    We are so sorry to hear about Karen’s passing. Sometimes life just isn’t fair, but we hope someday, somehow your sorrow lessens.

  19. My deepest sympathy to her family. I had the honor of Karen in several classes at LCCVI – always friendly and caring.

  20. Betty,Bruce,Patty, Don and boys: I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Karen, you are in my thoughts .
    Deepest sympathy

  21. Don and Family,
    We are very sorry for your loss of your beloved Wife and Mother.
    Connie and Alan and Haley Heidrich

  22. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Mark, Lisa, Jeff Waller

  23. I was blessed to have worked with Katen many years ago in the ICU. She was a gifted nurse who was compassionate and caring with patients and colleagues alike. She had a quiet strength about her. My sincere condolences to the family.

  24. Don and family. I was so sorry to hear of your loss. May God grant you the courage and strength to get through these next few weeks when your hearts are breaking. My condolences to you. I empathize with you as I kept Grant home during the long Palliative time prior to hid death. Margaret

  25. The East Lambton Elementary School family want you to know we are all thinking of you at this difficult time and send our sincere condolences on your loss.

  26. So sorry to hear of your loss. May you treasure your memories. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you.
    Wally & Lois Webster

  27. Dear Don and family. My sincere condolences to you and your sons..May you seek your strength from family and friends at this time . .Laura Kerr (TIM KERR ).

  28. My deepest and most sincere condolences to Don, Jeff and Luke. Karen used to sit faithfully in the cold arena with a wee blanket and watch her boys during power skating lessons. What a loving Mom! God Bless …..

  29. So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing away. Just wanted you all to know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Take care,
    Terry & Ken De Jonge and Bri

  30. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Karen’s family who’s loss is unimaginable. I had the great pleasure of working with Karen at Bluewater Health for many years. She was such a joy to be around with a wicked sense of humour. Her nursing skills and compassion were second to none. She was loved and respected by her colleagues. Her beauty shone from deep within her soul. Heaven has received a beautiful angel to watch over you all. I am away so will not be there to pay my respects but she is in my thoughts and prayers, as are you all. I hope you can find peace and comfort in your loving memories of a truly beautiful soul.
    In loving memory of Karen
    Valerie Walsh

  31. Don and Family,
    Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
    With our condolances,
    Dave and Teresa

  32. We will always remember Aunt Karen’s encouraging and kind affirmations. Aunt Karen showed great compassion and understanding as we entered through different stages of our life such as dating, marriage, welcoming our son into this world. She was genuine and oh so stylish. Aunt Karen saw the beauty in others. Jon and I are cherishing our shared memories. Praying for Uncle Don, Luke & Jeff during this very difficult time.
    with love,
    Jon, Lisa & Gilbert

  33. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Praying you feel God’s love and comforting presence!

    Tim & Lynette

  34. Don and family,
    We are so sorry about the loss of your wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. We hope and pray that you are sustained by the years of wonderful memories you have with Karen. You are in our prayers.
    John and Marlene

  35. Dear Don, Jeff, Carlene, Luke, Hannah, Betty, Bruce, Patty, Todd & Family,

    We are so very sorry guys. We will always cherish our many happy times with Karen. She was such a good, caring friend, and we will miss her very much.

    Scott, Susan, Jill and Luke

  36. Don, Jeff, and Luke — we don’t know you well Don and we did not know Karen nor do we know the boys but we feel we have walked through this time with you and our hearts break with you,,, knowing that Karen is not suffering anymore and is at peace, we pray God will give you and the rest of your family peace and strength to walk through this valley. Lean on Him and let Him carry you. John and Yvonne

  37. Thinking of your family at this difficult time. Sending you our deepest sympathies.

    Jesse and Jaime Minten

  38. Our condolences to the Kabbes family as you mourn the loss of Karen. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Blessings to you.

  39. Are deepest sympathy at this. Know that the Lord of all is at your side and will comfort you during this time.

    Rob and Liz Godwaldt

  40. Don, Jeff, and Luke,
    So very sorry to read about the passing of your dear wife and mother, Karen. My thoughts are with you at this very sad time. May pleasant memories eventually bring you peace.

  41. Dearest Don, Jeff, Luke, Bruce & Betty, Patty & Todd. Karen was such an amazing person. Thank you for sharing her with so many. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you all for this journey and now we pray that God will carry you with His love and strength, surround you with His comforting presence and renew your joy as you remember the memories of this precious wife, Mom, daughter and sister. Earth has no sorrows, that heaven can not heal. Love and prayers, Bruce and Cathy

  42. So very sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. She was a beautiful compassionate strong women and her loving spirit will live long in all the hearts of the people she touched. Rest in peace dear cousin.♡

  43. We wish to express our condolences to Don and family with the passing of Karen. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  44. My Dear Aunt Betty and Uncle Bruce, Patty and Todd, Don and boys; You have all been in my thoughts for a long time now, Karen was so blessed to have you all by her side, I will never forget her laugh and big smiles so many good times we all had together. Love Heather

  45. Don, Jeff & Luke,
    Karen has touched so many with her quiet, gentle, reassuring presence. Always ready with a smile & kind words. We are thinking of you and all of the Bradley/Kabbes family.
    Debby & Paul Lassaline

  46. Our hearts go out to you Don and your boys and Bruce and Betty at this trying time God bless you all
    John and Jeanne Pretty

  47. Don, although I never knew your wife I know she meant very much to you and the boys. You were with her every step of the way, and she suffers no more. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  48. Don, Jeff & Luke,
    I had the honour of working with Karen in CCU at Bluewater Health. She was a caring compassionate nurse.
    I am so sorry for your loss. Karen was a one of a kind gem.
    Heather Mayea

  49. Don, Luke, Jeff and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. She was such a lovely lady, she will be missed greatly on Oil Springs Line. Love Chris, Stacey Devin and Riley Brown

  50. Don,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. We were saddened to hear of Karen’s passing after a trying few years. We are sure she is at peace now.
    Bill & Wanda Brown

  51. So sorry to hear about the passing of Karen. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by so many. I went to school with Karen and also know Patty and Todd quite well. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Maureen and Ron Bailey and Family hugs to you all xoxo

  52. Don,
    Karen always brought a smile to my face when I saw her. Getting together with our cousins was always a fun thing to do. We have many memories to cherish. I am thinking of you and your boys and all of the Bradley/Kabbes family.
    Love, Jan