Karolina is survived by her children Adrian, Mila, and Petra; parents Halina and Christopher; sister Melissa, brother-in-law Andrew; sister-in-law Olivera; nieces and nephew Chloe, Ashlyn, Andrej, Tiana, and Natasha; husband Ivan as well all her extended family who continue to love her deeply and know they will all be together with her again one day.
Karolina was born in Rio de Janeiro on June 12, 1980. She is the most beautiful “girl from Ipanema”. Halina and Chris would take the girls to the beach before the workday, which they all very much enjoyed. When Karolina was a young child, the family decided to move to Winnipeg where Chris would work, and Halina would study.
Karolina completed her degree at the University of Toronto in Ibero-American studies. It was in the last year of her studies that she met Ivan in 2001. After several years of enjoying a wonderful young love and relationship, they got married in 2009.
Karolina welcomed their first child, Adrian, into the world in 2011. Two years later, Mila graced the family with her presence in 2013, and Petra followed in 2015. Karolina's profound love and commitment to her children and husband crafted a life for them that felt nothing short of perfect. Every morning, as the children headed out the door for school, they would turn back to tell her she was the "best mama in the world." The family was truly fortunate to have Karolina at home with the children during those formative years, allowing them to cherish countless precious moments together.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated healthcare professionals at the Dorothy Ley Hospice, Trillium Health Network, and especially to those at Princess Margaret Hospital, for their support throughout this challenging year. The family firmly believes that, thanks to the outstanding care provided by Dr. Saibil and Dr. Martinez of PMH, we were blessed with the opportunity to cherish a beautiful summer with Karolina.
Furthermore, we would like to recognize the outpouring of support and love from our extended family, kumovi, and friends. Your support, in both tangible and intangible ways, has been a beacon of hope and strength for us.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations in Karolina’s memory can be made to Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation to the Melanoma Immunotherapy Research Fund.
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (thepmcf.ca)
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