The world first fell in love with HGTV star Mina Starsiak Hawk and her mother Karen E Laine in 2016 when they appeared on their hit show Good Bones. The series follows the mother-daughter duo as they renovate derelict homes in Indianapolis and then turn them into their home renovation business. “Good Bones” has had six successful seasons, and according to a press release from Discovery, the show attracted more than 22.6 million total viewers when it premiered in 2020. In addition, “Good Bones” has been renewed for a seventh season, which according to the deadline is expected to air in summer 2022.
While there have been many joys in Mina’s life, she has also experienced intense personal loss, most notably with the untimely death of her sister-in-law, Stefanie Hawk. As Mina revealed on Instagram in 2020, Stefanie’s death followed the loss of her in-laws – a devastating blow to the whole family.
Mina Starsiak Hawk spoke about the death of her sister-in-law in a devastating announcement
Despite delivering one of their biggest seasons yet, Mina Starsiak Hawk and her family kicked off the year with heartbreaking news that rocked her world. In March 2020, Mina took to Instagram to announce the “unexpected” death of her sister-in-law, Stefanie Hawk. “She’s been such a bright light in all of our lives for so long. There is nothing to say that makes it easier or better, especially at this time when our access to loved ones and friends is so limited. In the face of this impossible situation we are all in it [COVID-19] With restrictions that we must respect, we have decided that a gathering will not be possible.” According to Distractify, the family declined to answer questions about Stefanie’s death, so it’s unclear exactly what led to her untimely death.
In early 2021, Mina Starsiak Hawk made a heartfelt Instagram post reflecting on the difficult year she and her family had been through. She also gave fans a little more insight into her sister-in-law Stefanie Hawk. “Right when Covid hit hard we lost Stef; Way too young, way too early for what I needed her for and way too early for what my family needed her for,” Mina explained. “She was a bright light to us at a time when she wasn’t seeing much light herself. She was deeply affected by the loss of her parents, Rick and Sally. It hit us all, but Stef in particular.”
How the death of Stefanie Hawk Mina Starsiak Hawk and her family was deeply affected
In her Instagram post, Mina Starsiak Hawk also revealed how her sister-in-law’s death directly affected husband Steve Hawk – Stefanie’s brother. “It took away the joy my husband had just found after losing his parents. Every celebration had a dark shadow over it, unable to forget the people who weren’t there. It’s taken so much from so many people.” However, Mina added that the birth of her and Steven’s daughter, Charlie, will forever remind her of her beloved sister-in-law. “And every time I look at her, I see Stef,” Mina wrote, “for better or for worse.” (Per Us Weekly, Mina and Steve welcomed their firstborn Jack Richard Hawk in August 2018 and daughter Charlotte Drew Hawk in September 2020.)
Karen E Laine, Mina’s mother, also shared a separate Instagram post about the devastating news. “Losing Stef has hit me hard,” she wrote. “Physical work has always been my cure for deep sadness. When I fell trees today, I had this view of our city. The work and the view help.”