Karen A. Larke Vedova
November 21, 1967 - July 10, 2017
Karen A. Vedova (nee Larke), age 49, a resident of Streamwood, IL, formerly of Naperville, IL, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 10, 2017. She was born November 21, 1967 in Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Beloved mother of Matthew and Jonathan Vedova, devoted daughter of Graham and Eleanor Larke of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, adored sister of Angela Ricketts of Redlands, CA, cherished girlfriend of Bosko Nedovic of Streamwood, IL, former spouse of Philip Vedova, Naperville, IL, loving aunt of the Vedova family, dear niece of the Larke & Glessing families, fond cousin, teacher and friend of many.
Karen grew up in a military family, her father proudly served as a fighter pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and lived at various bases in Canada and Germany. She attended The American High School in Baden-Württemberg and received a BS in Biology from University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada and an MBA from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Karen served with the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1986-1998, first as a logistics officer and later with the Department of National Defence (DND) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, retiring as captain. After her honorable discharge, Karen was employed in information technology with EDS, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, as well as Sofbang, LLC of Burr Ridge, IL and was most recently Vice President of Operations for the past six years with Core Associates, LLC, Jupiter, FL.
Karen was a brilliant businesswoman and passionate advocate for women in leadership, who worked through the Women's Leadership Foundation in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. She believed in and exemplified women's empowerment and holistic wellness through yoga. Karen was a beloved and respected yoga instructor at Life Time Fitness in Warrenville and Schaumburg, IL and Hot Yoga Naperville. Karen was a conscientious vegetarian, talented yoga teacher and committed yogi, cultured music aficionado, world traveler, and an expert skier who also enjoyed photography, gardening and learning languages.
Although mum has passed from our eyes, she will never be gone from our hearts. Her zeal for life, boundless energy and discipline inspired everyone she met. Karen's time may have been shorter than some, but she filled her years with decades more of life. We will always remember her warm smile, beautiful flowing chestnut hair, impeccable form and grace, and loving embrace.
Visitation Friday, July 14, 2017, 4:00-8:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St, Naperville.
A celebration of Karen's life will be held Saturday, July 15, 11:00 AM in the funeral home.
For more information please call (630)355-0213.
Karen was a proud veteran and the third generation of her family to serve in the military. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Karen's memory to: Naperville Responds For Our Veterans, 210 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540, (331) 684-7899, nrfov.org or to an organization of your choice that benefits military veterans.