We, the family, regret to announce the passing of Karen Zahara, wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many. Karen left us way too soon on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at Trillium Hospital, Mississauga, Ontario after a brief battle with cancer. She waited until her husband, parents and all five sisters and brothers made it to her bedside before she passed. We will cherish this final act of love forever.
Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, she was the much-loved daughter of Stewart (Barbara) Zahara and the late Theresa (Oliver) Zahara. Karen was proud of her Cape Breton roots and was especially proud of being from Whitney Pier. She attended Whitney Pier Memorial and graduated from Holy Angels High.
Karen moved to Toronto at the age of eighteen, where she trained as a legal secretary. She held many positions at the Piazza Grape Juice Company where she worked for twenty plus years. She was a loving and compassionate person who enjoyed music, dancing, laughing, and storytelling. She had the most beautiful smile, piercing blue eyes and a personality that could light up your soul. She was funny, outgoing and vivacious, fiercely loyal to her friends and family. Most of all she was a devoted mother to her only child, Ryan. She truly had a heart of gold, and she will be sorely missed. When thinking of Karen, celebrate the good memories you have of her. Remember that life is fragile, short, and should be lived to the fullest.
Besides her father and stepmother, Karen is survived by her husband, Will Petrac; son, Ryan; brothers, Stewart (Patricia) Zahara, Brent (Michelle) Zahara and John (Liliana) Zahara; sisters, Carmie (Jody Harpell) and Cella (Daniel Baldwin); along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. We would additionally like to acknowledge Mona and Charlene, for their lifelong friendships with Karen. She was predeceased by her mother, Theresa and grandparents, John and Lil Zahara, and Robert and Helena Oliver.
Karen’s last wish was to be buried with her loving grandparents, Papa and Nanny Zahara. Please join us for a memorial service to celebrate the life of Karen Denise Zahara at The Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Road, Sydney, on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 2 p.m. Interment will take place in Eastmount Cemetery, Whitney Pier. Covid protocols will be in place at the service and for those unable to attend, Live Streaming will be available on our website.
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Grief is the price we pay for love.
Donations in memory of Karen may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Stewart, Barbara and family, please accept my sincere condolences on Karen’s passing.
From: Joe Black
Stewart, Barbara & family, we are very sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences.
From: Mike & Rita MacIsaac
Stewart, Barb and Family Condolences to you all May Karen RIP
From: Mike and Debbie Snow
Our condolences to the Zahara family.
From: John Shannon
Stu…..so very sorrow for your loss.
I will keep you and your family in my prayers and I’m sure your daughter is with you eternally.
From: Xie macdonald
Dear Stewart & Barb
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
From: Ralph and Mary Neville
Stewart sorry to hear the passing of your daughter
From: Gerald Pino
We want to offer our condolences on the death of Karen. To all her family, to Stewart and Barbara, Carmie and Margaret, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We hope that wonderful memories of Karen will comfort you all as you go through this difficult time. From: Regina and Colleen Gillis
My thoughts and most sincere sympathies are extended to all family members.
So very sorry to hear of Karen’s passing,my thoughts and prayers are with her family,RIP Karen.🥲🥲🥲
Stewart and Barbara….please accept our sincere sympathy on Karen’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time. God Bless, Roddie and Judy
Please accept my deepest sympathies. I remember Karen growing up in the pier she was always smiling and was always such a kind person.
My sincere condolences to you and your family.
I’m so sorry for your loss.
Stewart & family,
Please accept my condolences on your tremendous loss. May she rest in peace.
Stewart &Family we are so sorry to hear of Karens death. our sincerest sympathy to all of you .
My condolences to Karen’s family. I remember Karen from school always being sweet and pleasant. After reading her obituary she seemed to have lived the rest of her life in the same manor. May she rest in peace.
Dear Stewart, Barbara and family:
Please accept our sincere sympathy during your sad and difficult loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dave, Mary French and family
Cella and Family, My deepest condolence I hope in time all the kindness she gave on this earth be returned to each of you and may all your fondest memories bring you comfort and until then may God give you all comfort in hollow of his hand. Tom Blanchard
Our sincere condolences to Stuart and Barbara and all the family.
Cliff and Renie Surette
To the entire Zahara family, my deepest condolences on you loss. May memories of Karen comfort you all during this difficult time.
We are so sorry for your loss may Karen rest in peace
Stewart and family, my sincere condolences to you on the passing of Karen.
So sorry for your loss thinking of you all at this time may all your memories of Karen help you thru this sad time
Stewart, Barbara and family Bernie and I would like to extend out deepest sympathy on the passing of Karen. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
To Karen’s entire family, my heart breaks to hear this sad news, my thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss. So sorry.
Stewart, Barbra and Family…We are so sorry for your loss..Our deepest condolences to your family.
To Karen’s family, so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. My deepest condolences to each and every one of you. May precious memories help you through the difficult days ahead.
Stewart and family our condolences on the loss of your loved one. May the memories you hold dear help to relieve the pain you feel. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
This is truly heartbreaking…I am so sorry to hear of the loss of such a wonderful person. Sending love and good thoughts to (young) Stewart and the entire family.
I just heard of this news only a few days ago I am so devastated to hear of this news karen Mona and I met when we were only 3 or 4 years of age and it only seems like yesterday we had spoke God bless your family Stewart Barbara and Brent cella Johnny therese and all her friends and family may God send his most beautiful angel to carry her home safely on the wings of his beautiful doves.
To Will, Ryan and family. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family, I can’t believe Karen is gone. She was a life long friend of mine who had a heart of gold and 1000 watt smile. From John Mac Neil in Ottawa