Karen Elizabeth Hager (McLean)
January 16, 1965 – December 31, 2021
Our much loved wife, daughter, sister and auntie has transitioned from her earthly life to heaven, after a fiercely fought 2 year battle with cancer. With the support of family and friends, she lived valiantly and fully, with often invisible effects of Multiple Sclerosis and her latest medical challenges.
Karen was born in Etobicoke, to Rod and June McLean (Kurtz), during a ferocious blizzard. Perhaps that gave her the tenacity for life. She and her husband Darren have lived in the Clarkson area of Mississauga for many years, in a home with the most beautiful gardens they built. Many a fun gathering has taken place around their pool
Karen’s careers encompassed leadership positions in various corporations. Since 2007 she has been Director of Science Engagement at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. She was a Fellow and featured speaker at the NOYCE Leadership Institute.
Karen earned her BA in Vocal Performance at Graceland University in Lamoni, IA, as a gifted soprano. She furthered her education at Harris Institute in Music Business, thereby obtaining a position with the Canadian Country Music Association. She thoroughly enjoyed her time in the entertainment industry.
Karen leaves memories of her love to her husband Darren Hager, parents Rod and June McLean (Kurtz), sister Kimberley McLean (Charles Kaiser), sister-in-law Karie McLean(Mark, pre-deceased), nieces and nephews Korbyn McLean(Amanda Buchnea), Stacia Tizzard (Lucas), Rileigh McLean (Abe Martin), and Carsten McLean. She will also be missed by Carl and Madeline Hager , Lydia (Wence) and Christine. Karen had a rich multitude of close aunts, uncles and cousins. Her friends list reached far and wide throughout the world.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to The Canada Cancer Society, MS Society of Canada or World Accord.
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