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"VIK" 2005 Obituary


VIKLICKY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-06 published
POLK, Kenneth
Peacefully after a lengthy illness on April 3, 2005 at the Toronto General Hospital at the age of 50. Beloved husband of Diane. Loving father of Amber. Dear son of Olga POLK and the late Vincent POLK. Cherished son-in-law of Tony and Geraldine VIKLICKY. Ken will be missed by many aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. at the "Wignall Chapel" of the G.H. Hogle Funeral Homes, 62 Long Branch Ave., Etobicoke. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Liver Association. Online condolences and donations may be made at

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VIKSTEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-30 published
KOERNER, Karin Elizabeth (née VIKSTEN)
Karin E. KOERNER passed away in Victoria, British Columbia on 15 July 2005 after a short but courageous struggle with cancer. Karin is survived and sorely missed by her children Stephen, Marianne (Rodolfo) and James, her sister Marta WILSON of Mill Creek, Washington, granddaughters Francesca and Giuliana and other family members throughout North America and Sweden. She was predeceased by her parents Lisa and Albert VIKSTEN, older brothers Sven and Hans and husband Nicholas KOERNER. Karin was born on 28 January 1928 in Farila, Sweden. She enjoyed a happy childhood being raised in a lively and artistic environment. Karin met Nicholas in 1949 when he visited Sweden on a business trip. They subsequently married, settled in Vancouver, British Columbia and started a family. In 1958 employment opportunities caused them to move to the San Francisco Bay Area. The family returned to Canada in 1967 and created a permanent home in Victoria, British Columbia. Karin was a devoted mother to her children, a loyal friend and someone who touched countless people with her warm and outgoing personality. She was a keen supporter of the arts in general and the Victoria Symphony, Pacific Opera Victoria and the Art Gallery of Victoria in particular. An artist herself, Karin exhibited her paintings at various shows in Canada and the U.S.A. Karin was also a tireless advocate on behalf of the mentally handicapped and served on the board of directors of the Garth Homer Society for many years. One of her proudest achievements was to arrange the English language translation and publication of two books, one of her brother Hans' artwork, the other a collection of writings of her father Albert VIKSTEN which vividly describe his many visits to Canada over the years. The family would like to thank her caregivers including Dr. Gary Nielsen, Sue Bleakley, the Victoria Hospice, South Victoria Home Care Society as well as her Friends Gunvor, Shushan, Muriel and Bill, Barbro and Stephen, Bjorn and Barbara and Fatima who all helped so much during the final weeks of Karin's life. There will be a private memorial service later in the summer. In lieu of flowers, donations to either the Canadian Cancer Society or the Garth Homer Foundation.

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