KEENE, N.H. -- Karen Joan Apple, 50, died in her sleep at her Marlboro Street home, on the beautiful spring morning of Saturday, March 31, 2007. With her family and friends at her side, she ended her long, brave fight with cancer, courageously and peacefully.
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She was born on Feb. 13, 1957 in Fitchburg, Mass. The daughter of Richard E. Roy and Lorraine M. (Dauphinais) Roy of Bluffton, S.C., she spent most of her childhood in Fitchburg and Billerica, Mass., attending schools there.
Ms. Apple was most recently employed at the Chroma Technology Corp. in Rockingham, Vt., where she loved her job as an optical technician. She has been a resident of Keene since 1985, after living throughout the greater Monadnock region for several years before that.
Those who knew her remember her truly extraordinary personality, her amazingly witty sense of humor and her loves of music, laughing loudly, delicious food, being outside, her cats, and most of all her daughters Pamela Kate Sheasley, 20, and Emily Rose Sheasley, 17, both of Keene.
Besides her parents and children, Ms. Apple is survived by many loving friends and family members including her sister, Sandra Roy and her partner Jan Limonciello (Karen's dearest friend) both of Concord, Mass.; her brothers James Roy of Halifax, Mass., and David Roy of Las Vegas, and her former husband, Charles Sheasley of Keene.
In addition to her love for her family and friends, she also had a passion for nature. She enjoyed spending time in her kayak on the Ashuelot River. By catching a glimpse of the moon through translucent bat-wings or keeping tabs on the beaver family's latest activities, her passion for nature was always a strong force in her life which could not be hindered by cancer as she continued to kayak throughout her treatment.
Ms. Apple instilled a love of music in her daughters at an early age; this is one of the many legacies she leaves them. As her favorite musician, Joni Mitchell, sang “Love is touching souls, surely you touched mine.”
Services will be private. In honor of Ms. Apple's memory, please spend some time outside with loved ones.
The FOLEY FUNERAL HOME, 49 Court St., Keene, is in charge of the arrangements.u
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Apr. 5, 2007