Karen Ann Falk Duguay, 78, passed away peacefully in her sleep in her daughter’s home in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday morning, July 29. She left this earth with joy and comfort in her heart knowing that she would be reunited with her beloved son, Norman Duguay, who passed away in 1990.
Karen was born on January 25, 1939 to Carl and Lydia Falk in New Haven, Connecticut. She grew up in West Haven, Connecticut, where enjoyed many friends and successes at West Haven High School and loved ballet dancing. She went on to receive her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in teaching and taught in Norwalk, Connecticut, and later deeply enjoyed being part of the special education team at Knollwood and Sickles Schools in Fair Haven, where she was beloved by many students and staff.
Karen was a bright star on this earth who had a great love for all of God’s creatures, her family, friends, church communities, Bible studies, singing in choir, ballet, exercise and the beauty of nature. She also had an undying appreciation for all who serve and served in the armed forces, thanking them tearfully for their service and sacrifices.
She is survived by her daughter and her husband, Valerie Duguay Strain and Dan Strain in Nashville, Tennessee; and her brother and his wife, Allen Falk and Susan Falk, in Los Altos, California.
Memorial donations may be made in Karen’s honor to Pets for Vets at petsforvets.com.
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