Sherrilyn June Indridson Karpish, B.Sc. ED passed away on Mothers Day, May 14, 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer at age 76 just short of her 77th birthday.
Predeceased by her parents William Indridson (Irene), and her most cherished uncle Lallie Indridson (Thelma), for whom she had a very special place in her heart. Survived by her husband Doug Karpish, daughter Lorene Desmarais (Mark) grandchildren Anna and Caroline, son Paul Jeffery (Lisa Jacobson) grandchildren Emmerson and Eveline, daughter Dara Prychun (Patrick) grandchildren Preston and Tyson, step-son Jeffery (Lesley), step-daughter Shannon Sidak (Rob) grandchildren Travis and Taylor, step-daughter Shelley Van Brocklin (Jim) grandchildren Aaron, Carrisa, and Noah. Also mourning are sister Wilene Place (Dave) and family, sister Leah Rensfelt (Doug) and family, brother Carson Indridson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
June went to school in Selkirk and after graduating early she made the choice to attend the University of North Dakota where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. It was there that she met her first husband Brian Jeffery. Together they moved to The Pas in northern Manitoba to start a family and work at the college where June taught Physical Education. Three babies later, June returned to live in Selkirk where she continued substitute teaching for various schools in Selkirk. Always driven to excel, June obtained her accounting degree through CGA at home while the kids were still young. As a single mother she worked several accounting positions, at one point three at the same time to provide for her family, until she settled in with Wes-Man Mechanical for the balance of her career. Counting down the days, June retired at 65 and not a day more.
During her life, June always kept busy. She enjoyed playing baseball and was a keen curler in her day, making many lifelong friends along the way. Amma loved spending time with all her grandchildren. Sleep overs were a common event and were always filled with belly laughs, funny movies, and games of hide and seek. She enjoyed sharing her love of cooking and baking, having made many pots of gumbo soup, banana split cakes (unforgettable!), and of course red velvet cake–Doug’s favourite! Being half Icelandic June also found it important to share her heritage, teaching many family members how to make Vinarterta and other Icelandic treats.
June loved to have fun but when it was time to be serious she knew every etiquette in the book, and then some. Ever the traditionalist, she extolled and role-modelled the virtues of being responsible, respectful, hard working and loving–family always came first before all else. She was smart, witty, crafty and very well read. She knew a lot about everything and very little about nothing. She could sit and talk for hours on any topic and could give you a great debate should you disagree with her position. To that end, she spent several years in a book club with a group of wonderful ladies who would be friends till the last.
With a needle as her tool, thread and fabric as the medium, June expressed her creativity by crafting several beautiful needlepoints, cross stitches, and quilts, destined to become family heirlooms. Not phased by any challenge, she completed a large detailed replica of the painting “A Reverie” which took 15+ years and thousands of tiny stitches to create.
An avid traveler, June embarked on many overseas trips with family and friends. She especially loved to travel with her husband Doug, whom she married in August of 2020, where every winter they planned excursions through the United States. Together they explored cities, histories and culture while visiting family en route. An enthusiastic story teller, she loved to share all that they had learned and experienced, recreating all the nuances to make you feel as if you were there.
June, Mom, Amma, your presence will be deeply missed,
við elskum þig (We love you!)
A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, May 26, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel in Selkirk, Manitoba with a luncheon to follow. A private interment will take place prior to the service.
Condolences may be left on her tribute wall at www.gilbartfuneralhome.com
Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.