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Karen Carozza

March 5, 1948 — June 29, 2010


Age 62, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on June 29, 2010.

Born in Rochester, NY on March 5, 1948, Karen was the daughter of John and Marion Willson. On August 17, 1968, she and John Carozza were married in Rush, NY, and they enjoyed a loving life together with their three children Stephen, Mark and Anne Marie.

After raising a family, Karen went back to school to earn her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Cornell University in 1995, and graduated from Syracuse University in 1996 with a Masters in Social Work. She worked as a Social worker for the Elmira City School District and maintained a private practice as a Clinical Social Worker. Karen was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church of Watkins Glen, and a Eucharistic Minister. She served on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of Chemung County, on the Advisory Board of Catholic Charities of Schuyler County, and as a past Director of Southern Tier Division of the National Association of Social Workers. Karen was always giving of herself and her time, as a volunteer with Hospice of the Southern Tier, and many other community service organizations.

Karen is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, John F. Carozza; sons, Stephen (Melanie) Carozza of Rochester; Mark (Carly) Carozza of Sewell, NJ; daughter, Anne Marie (Jeffery) Swinehart of Lancaster, PA; mother, Marion Willson of Rush; sisters, Barbara Walton of Rochester, and Luanne King of Clifton Springs; and five grandchildren, Connor, Zachary, Luca, Alex and Adam.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, July 16th from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. A funeral mass will be held the following day at 9:00 a.m., St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, with celebrant Father Bill Donnelly; interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Those wishing may consider a donation in her memory to Catholic Charities of Schuyler County, 607 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 (607) 535-2050.

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