Karen Lazar

Karen Lazar

Saturday, October 31st, 1953 - Thursday, August 20th, 2020
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Karen Lazar, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been submitted for approval. There may be a delay before posting.

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Karen Lazar

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Karen's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Karen's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.


It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Karen Genevieve Lazar on August 20, 2020. She was born in Montreal, October 31, 1953 to Etelka Kenedy Lazar and Dr Gergely Lazar. She will be greatly missed by her sister Andrea Weltzl Fairchild (Page Fairchild), her nieces, Christa (Abel Barredo Gil) and Jessica (Rodney Gagne: Piper and Teagan) and nephew, David (Bianca Healy: Ethan and Matisse) and members of the Bishop clan of Magog.

Highly intelligent, empathetic, with a wicked sense of humour, Karen had a well respected career in theater and film. She acted with the McGill Players, Saidye Bronfman Centre and Montreal Theatre Lab; and in Toronto with Theatre Française, U. of Toronto Graduate Centre and starred in the film The Life and Times of Alonzo Boyd.

Graduate of Sir George Williams University with a B.F.A., she completed her post grad PhD courses in the Theater Department at University of Toronto. She taught english language and communication skills to foreign trained doctors at U of T, and was a lecturer at the University of Waterloo.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Read Less

To plant a memorial tree in honor of Karen Lazar, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for Karen

Service Details

There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of Karen Lazar.


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Karen here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

Private Condolence
Plant a Tree in Memory of Karen
0 trees have been planted in memory of Karen Lazar

Jean MacGibbon

Posted at 07:43pm
I am shocked and saddened by the news of Karen's passing. We were great friends for many years and I will remember her always as a beautiful, talented, intelligent and truly wonderful person. Rest in peace old friend.

Paula Sperdakos

Posted at 04:35pm
I just today heard the heartbreaking news about dear Karen's passing: I'm shocked and terribly saddened. What an extraordinary woman she was: a gifted actress, scholar and teacher, with a larger-than-life spirit and a wonderfully wicked sense of humour.

I had the privilege of working with Karen at the U of T's Graduate Centre for Study of Drama some years ago when she was pursuing first an MA degree and then a doctorate. She was one of the very best graduate students I ever had the pleasure of teaching, and I was deeply honoured when she asked me to be the Supervisor of her dissertation. The circumstances that kept her from completing her dissertation meant a major loss to research and scholarship in the field of Canadian Theatre History.

We stayed in touch until just a few years ago, getting together every once in a while to drink copious amounts of wine, talk for hours, and laugh and laugh. How lovely she was.

My deepest condolences to her family. Having had such a treasure in your lives, I can imagine how you must be mourning your loss of her.

I will miss my friend Karen.

James Beauregard Ashby

Posted at 11:55am
My God, this comes as a shock. I never would have made it through the Drama PhD programme at UofT without Karen’s advice, insider info, perspective, and friendship. And Lord, was she funny. A great light has gone out, and I can only imagine the hole in the hearts of her family members. Karen was an unstoppable force, and I will miss her greatly.

Jessica Fairchild

Posted at 11:04am
I will always remember my aunt Puss as someone who was a great storyteller, someone who enjoyed good food and family gatherings. Swimming at Lake Mempremagog was our favorite and every year she tried to get us to go skinny dipping. I always declined. She was a good listener and always involved in our lives. I will miss you so very much. Love you always. Jess Fairchild

Andrea Weltzl Fairchild

Posted at 11:54am
Little sister whom I looked over all your life, I am sad beyond belief at your passing... All the good times we shared here at Magog (and in Montreal) , making endless meals for the kids and their friends, the crazy activites at the lake and the wacky dancing in the living room will never be forgotten. Thinking of the great bat episode when we tried to catch or kill some bats flying around the bedrooms, while we were craling under a quilt trying to keep the bat out of our hair, makes me realize that I will never do that again with you. Nor will we grow old together as we had planned!
I will remember your empathy, your intelligence and interest in the world but mostly the love you showed all of our family!
I will miss you greatly.
Your sister Andrea

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each
Share by: