Karen Brandow (1954 - 2014)

  • "Just saw this. So, so sorry to read about Karen's passing...."
    - Dina Afek
  • "Querida Karen, hoy, cerca del dia de los santos, vi tu..."
    - Norma Maldonado
  • "It's your birthday, Karen. Your first with the stars..."
    - Mary (Muirhead) Hegarty
  • "Charlie, I am so saddened to read this. Such a terrible..."
    - Harry Davis
  • "Charlie, We are so sorry about Karen's passing. I will..."
    - William Bartholomew

SHELBURNE FALLS - Karen Brandow, 60, passed away peacefully Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at home in Shelburne Falls.

She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1954 and spent most of her adult life in western Massachusetts and in Guatemala. She devoted her life to making this world a better place through her singing, counseling and Spanish interpreting.

Karen was a loving partner to Charlie King, a devoted daughter, and a loyal friend whose calm presence was appreciated by her community and supported by her Buddhist practice. She was grateful for all of the blessings and privileges of her life which she attempted to use to be of service to others.

She died as she lived - making conscious choices about medical treatment based on her most deeply held values. She wishes to be remembered for adding in her "grain of sand" to the ongoing search for peace and justice in this world.

She asks that anyone wishing to honor her memory make a donation in her name to The Innocence Project in New York, 40 Worth St., Suite 701, New York, NY 10013, or to Christian Peacemaker Teams, P.O. Box 6508, Chicago, IL 60680-6508.

A memorial service will be held Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., Shelburne Falls, MA.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Oct. 31, 2014