Yolana Karnafel

Obituary of Yolana Karnafel

It is with peace in our hearts that we advise of the gentle passing of Yolana Karnafel, with family by her side. Yolana was predeceased by her beloved husband Andrew (2018) and son Leonard (2014). Mom never really recovered from her grief over the last 8 years.


Yolana was born in Radosina, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia). She was the youngest of 10 children born to Veronika and Josef Wacjner. She was predeceased by her parents and all nine of her siblings. Yolana is survived by her daughter Connie Doss (Charles); grandchildren Ariel Haug, Braden Doss (Nicole); and great grandchildren Dominic Doss, Oslo and Bridger Haug. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and their families residing in the Winnipeg area, other areas of Canada, and Slovakia.


Yolana immigrated to Canada with her family in June 1937 and settled in Manitoba. Her family farmed in the Starbuck area. She met Andrew in Winnipeg, and they married on November 25, 1946. They lived in Winnipeg until March 2017 at which time they moved to Regina to be closer to their daughter and family.  In Regina, Yolana resided at Aspira Riverbend Crossing Memory Care. We would like to thank all the staff for their loving care and kindness since her move there in 2018.


In earlier times, Yolana loved to visit with family, friends, and neighbors. She was a homemaker all her married life. No one could enter their home without an offer of some refreshment as well as some of her excellent baking or cooking. She would also extend her hospitality to include friends of Len and Connie.  Dementia stole treasured memories, and this was compounded by vision loss, very poor hearing and increasing physical limitations.


Thank you to Speers Funeral Chapel for all their assistance and care. Funeral services will be held at Thomson in the Park Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd, Winnipeg, MB, on Monday October 24, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined. Should you wish to make a donation in her honour, please consider the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, 301-2550 12th Avenue, Regina, SK, S4P 3X1.