In Celebration of

Karen Arlene Montano

November 23, 1942 -  January 5, 2022

Devoted grandmother, mother, partner, sister and friend, Karen passed away
peacefully on January 5, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Toronto, at the age of 79.

Karen was born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan on November 23, 1942 to Ida and
Hugh Ferguson. Growing up on the Ferguson family farm in Rocanville, she
enjoyed telling stories of life before electricity and sleigh rides to school in the
dead of winter. An excellent student, she graduated at the top of her class, earning a
scholarship to the University of Saskatchewan where she received her Bachelor of
Commerce degree. Before returning to the university to teach, she would become a
Chartered Accountant, one of the first women in Canada to do so.

Raising her two boys in Toronto, Karen enjoyed travelling, theatre, staying
organized and keeping up on current events. She loved a house full of family but
also enjoyed time alone, often speaking fondly of the solitude of long days picking
raspberries on the farm. She loved to laugh but saved her biggest smiles for stories
from her grandchildren.

Despite her interests and professional success, Karen gave much of her energy in
support of friends and family. There was always a bed for visiting family, a meal
for her children’s friends, and a shoulder for anyone having a bad day. She was a
source of comfort to all, in good times and bad. Karen was the rock on which
many lives were built.

Predeceased by her husband Michael, Karen will be dearly missed by her partner
and loving friend David; her sons Matthew and Stephen (Anita); grandchildren
Michael, Kennedy, Bobby and Mika; as well as her brothers Stewart (Diana) and

Due to the present restrictions, a private family service will be held.
To watch the service please use the link provided.

For those who wish to make a donation in her memory, please consider Evangel
Hall ( or the Haliburton Highlands Health Services
Foundation ( or 705-457-1580)


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Diana Ferguson (Sister in law)

Entered January 10, 2022 from Keswick, VA USA

My favorite time with Karen was when we would go for long walks and chat at the cottage. She was so dedicated to her ‘boys’ and their families. She quickly stepped in to be the matriarch of the family when Ida passed, keeping everyone connected. Dear Karen you will be missed, love Diana

Caitlin Roos-Martel (Great-Niece)

Entered January 10, 2022 from Grimsby

I remember Karen being a kind and happy person whenever we saw eachother at the cottage. She will be missed!

Joani Montano Custance (Sister in law)

Entered January 10, 2022 from UK

Karen was my “honorary” sister as well as my sister in law. She was one of the kindest, generous people I have ever known. She married my brother, Michael, and after his death, David became my honorary “brother”. This caused a lot of weird looks when people asked our relationship when we spent many holidays together! She was especially kind to my parents and invited her in laws into her home making us feel so welcome. She was gentle and caring. She loved her family and was a wonderful mother to her sons. David was lucky to be her partner for so many years and all of my Canadian relatives will sorely miss her and I will too from this side of the pond. Thank you Karen for everything.

Allan Montano (Cousin of Michael Montano)

Entered January 10, 2022 from Trinidad

It was with great sadness to learn of Karen’s death however all her years of suffering are no longer.I will always remember her hospitality when I visited with Herself and Michael and Mathew was just a baby. She made me feel very welcomed and we had some wonderful chats and some good laughs. May she rest in peace

John & Heather Harbinson (Friends)

Entered January 10, 2022 from Toronto

Dear Steve and Anita,
Our deepest sympathies go out to you and all your family. Hoping that one of our favourite little verses that we like offers you some comfort over the loss of your dear mother.
“Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal.
But love leaves a memory that no one can steal.“
Fondly, John and Heather Harbinson


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