Orsted-Carlyle Funeral Home

302 Railway West, Carlyle, SK


Karen Mae Bast

September 8, 1943September 25, 2019

Karen Mae Bast 1943~2019

Karen Mae Bast of Carlyle, Saskatchewan, formerly of Oxbow, Saskatchewan, passed away peacefully on September 25, 2019 at the age of 76 years. Karen was born on September 8, 1943 at Bienfait, Saskatchewan, and lived there with her parents, Parker & Thelma Dunbar, and younger brother, Lyle, until the family moved to Oxbow in 1949. Karen attended school in Oxbow and then moved to Regina in 1960 where she worked at SaskPower for a short time. Upon returning home to Oxbow one weekend she met the love of her life, Joe Bast. On October 12, 1963, Karen & Joe were married in Oxbow, Saskatchewan. Over their years together they lived in Estevan, Oxbow, and White Bear Lake. It was in Oxbow where they started their family and were blessed with two children Ryan (1977) & Jolene (1979). Karen loved animals, and the family owned several beloved dogs. Karen and Joe spent many happy years in Oxbow – they loved to entertain, socialize, and spent many an evening playing games and laughing with their best friends and neighbours, Barb & Carl Biberdorf. Throughout the years, Karen worked for the Town of Oxbow, then at the high school teaching accounting and typing, and finally for the Oxbow School Division. Karen was a very active member of the Oxbow community, giving much of her time to the United Church as choir director, member of the Drama Club, and as a Girl Guide Leader. Karen was also a coach and advocate for athletes involved in the Special Olympics. Karen was an avid gardener, a fabulous baker, an amateur photographer, and a crafty scrapbooker. She was a talented singer and pianist who enjoyed sharing her love of music with others. Karen enjoyed taking road trips, and has been coast-to-coast in Canada, visited the British Isles, and made several trips to the USA to places such as Disneyland and Arizona. Karen loved nature and spent much time in the outdoors gardening, walking, & camping, but she especially enjoyed making memories at the family cabin in White Bear Lake.

Karen spent the last 15 years of her life living at the Moose Mountain Lodge in Carlyle with Joe close by her side living in White Bear Lake. Karen and Joe celebrated 55 years of marriage last fall. Our family would like to express our appreciation for the compassionate care provided to Karen by the nurses and care workers at the Moose Mountain Lodge in Carlyle.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church, Oxbow, Saskatchewan with Reverend Jackie Van’t Voort officiating. Scattering will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of Karen may be made to the Moose Mountain Lodge Auxiliary, or to St. Paul’s United Church in Oxbow.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 5, 2019


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Beth Gaschler

October 6, 2019

We extend our deepest sympathies to you, Joe and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Karen was such a wonderful, kind hearted lady.

-Beth Gaschler, Chris, Trisha and Dawn (one of the Grannies from the elementary school) and families.

Norman Pierce

October 5, 2019

Joe, I'm so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. She was a lovely person both inside and out and will be truly missed and always be remembered.

Brian and Patti Northeast

October 4, 2019

Karen was someone who always so organized. We went to Scotland and England with them in 1979. Karen planned the whole trip, she had every detail covered. We had a wonderful time, they were a such a lovely couple and the short time we spent with them was always enjoyable.
Our condolences to the family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Monique Wilcox

October 2, 2019

Uncle Joe, Jolene & Ryan,

So sorry to hear of Aunt Karen's passing.

I will always be grateful for the times spent during the summer months in Oxbow and White Bear Lake. Being at the lake was the beginning of my love of the outdoors and nature. It was part of my greatest childhood memories. It was really nice to spend quality time with Aunt Karen, Uncle Joe (and of course Paul too!). Later on being introduced to Ryan and Jolene when they were just babies and trying my best to help out. It really made me feel like a "big girl". What a pleasure.

Aunt Karen was always very kind and patient. She had a calmness about her that made a person feel comfortable. Whenever she came to Regina to visit I wanted to be by her side. She made me happy to be around. I adored her. ❤️ She will never be forgotten.

Much Love,

Jan Rutten

October 2, 2019

I wish to Express my sincere sympathy to Joe, Jolene and family and Ryan, also to Lyle, Judy, Kelly Dunbar and family. There were so many happy times spent at the Dunbar cottage at White Bear Lake. Karen is at peace now, and with her Mom and Dad. Our heartfelt thoughts are with you all!

Wayne & Sharon Miller

October 1, 2019

Joe, Lyle and families. We have many fond memories of our time in Oxbow especially the fun Hockey gatherings and still talk about them. We haven't kept in touch over the years but we always remember Karen as a wonderful person and great fan. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you as you face the days ahead.
Wayne & Sharon Miller

Vicki Hayward-McKinney

October 1, 2019

My deepest sympathies to you all. Karen was a fabulous person. I couldn’t have asked for better neighbors. I smile every time I think about our little get togethers. It was always a great time when we all got together. Fabulous food and friends with lots of fun included.

Bonnie Widenmaier

October 1, 2019

Joe and Family;
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

Shirley Anderson

October 1, 2019

Joe my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She is at rest now. Cherish the many memories.

Bev Glasser

October 1, 2019

Karen was a wonderful person. Thoughts and prayers to Joe and family.