Karen Westman

Westman, Karen Elaine (nee Hemmingway) passed away suddenly on Sunday July 19, 2009 at the age of 56. Karen is survived by her husband of 37 years, Rod Westman of Vermilion, AB; three children, Trent (Leslie) of Vermilion, Trevor of Vermilion, and Dana (Sheldon Gale) of Lloydminster; two precious granddaughters, Madisyn and Karsyn. She is also survived by three brothers and one sister, Bob (Bette) Hemmingway, Ron (Mary) Hemmingway, Glenn (Lorraine) Hemmingway and Lynn (Clint) Landalls; her mother-in-law, Ollie Westman; in-laws, Ross (Karen) Westman, Craig (Pat) Westman, Nick (Ruth) Westman, Brian (Caroline) Westman, Della (Mark) Stumborg, Gayle (Garth) MacDonald, Lyle (Nadine) Westman; and numerous relatives in her extended family.

She was predeceased by her parents, Herb and Kay Hemmingway and father-inlaw, George Westman. Karen was born in Vermilion, AB on January 25, 1953 to Herb and Kay Hemmingway, the youngest of five children. Karen was devoted to family and was an avid card player. She enjoyed camping, doing genealogy and travelling to many destinations, especially Hawaii.

Shaping Our Industry

This section is designed to remember the individuals of the EMS family that have in some way been involved and/or shape the Emergency Medical Services industry. A memoriam is a special reflection and often a celebration of a loved one’s life, far more than a somber reflection on his or her death.

EMS is a small, but close family and we need to take the time to remember those that have impacted the profession, those that have dedicated the time and commitment it takes to put others first and help those in need. Operators, practitioners, volunteers, anyone involved in this industry deserves to be remembered as someone special.