It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Karen Elizabeth Martinovic (nee Dickie), aged 54, on June 28, 2020. She will be greatly missed for her kindness, passion for teaching and joy of life.
Karen is survived by her three loving children, Joshua Martinovic, Thomas
Martinovic, Sophia Martinovic; her former husband, Robert Martinovic; her mother, Marina Dickie; her brothers, Warren Dickie (Colleen Houlihan), Kevin Dickie (Melinda); as well as numerous relatives from western Canada and the U.S. She was predeceased by her father, William Dickie.
Karen was born in Victoria, B.C. on December 15, 1965. As an infant, she demonstrated a strong will which she benefitted from her entire life. As a child, she was enrolled in public school, participated in sports and attended evening catechism classes with her cousins. Karen was a natural leader which became useful once her two younger brothers grew older as she offered them advice, guidance and affection. As a student, she developed a love for all her subjects but especially enjoyed the sciences. After she graduated from Belmont Secondary School, she attended the University of Victoria and later graduated from British Columbia Institute of Technology. She started her first career with the Canadian Red Cross as a laboratory technician in Vancouver. She soon started a family and later gravitated towards teaching and moved with her small family to Edmonton and enrolled in the Education Program at the University of Alberta. With her strong will and tenacious work ethic, she graduated from the Faculty of Education Program with Honours and simultaneously raised her three small children and worked a part time job.
For the second time in her adult life, Karen embarked on a new career; this time as a teacher with Edmonton Catholic Schools. She began as an elementary teacher at Mary Hanley Catholic Elementary School and then continued her career as a teacher/learning coach at St. Elizabeth Seton, St. Kevin, St. Basil, St. Cecilia and finally and as an Assistant Principal at Christ the King Junior High School. Her career with Edmonton Catholic Schools spanned over 17 years. Karen was stellar in every way and much loved by her students and colleagues. She brought joy, enthusiasm and commitment to every assignment and was especially passionate about teaching students to read.
Karen was dedicated to her children first and foremost. She provided them with a tidy home, always had delicious food to eat and made sure her children knew that they were loved by their parents. Karen’s children had numerous friends and it was well known throughout their neighbourhood that at the Martinovic’s house, there was always room for one more at their table. She guided her children through life into adulthood where they all remain extremely close.
Ever loving and always giving, Karen sponsored children in some of the poorest countries in the world through World Vision International. She kept a photo of the sponsored child on her fridge as a reminder that she could make a difference in a child’s life that she had never met. We know that this act of kindness filled her heart with love. She enjoyed sports and spent countless nights and weekends attending her kid’s hockey, soccer and lacrosse games. Karen shared her home as a billet for international students and was looked upon by many of those students as their adopted Canadian mother. She found delight in music, singing and frequently attended concerts. Karen was well liked by many and enjoyed the companionship of her lifelong friends. She has a great sense of humor and always enjoyed a good laugh. She adored travel and spent time throughout Canada and internationally. Karen cherished family gatherings and often returned to BC to enjoy Christmas time with her family and friends. She embraced life with ambition, resilience, enthusiasm, magnanimity and dignity. She will forever be with those who loved her so dearly who have passed before her. Karen’s Catholic faith carried her through her final days and we know she is now in eternal peace with the Lord.
A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated on July 7th at 1:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will take place in Victoria, BC in September 2020.