Karen Rose (Cummings) Affricano

Karen Rose (Cummings) Affricano, 72, of Manchester, formerly of Tolland and Vernon, devoted and loving partner to Mederic "Med" Daigneaut, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 4, 2014, after a short illness.

Karen was born on Dec. 10, 1941, in Manchester, daughter of the late Howard and Estella (Demerritt) Cummings. She attended local schools, graduated Manchester High School, Class of 1959, and earned her associate's degree in science from Manchester Community College in certified addiction and grief counseling. Karen's 30-year career in mental health and addiction disorders began as a counselor for the State of Connecticut Department of Correction, a position she held for over 11 years. Since 2008 she was a counselor with the Hockanum Valley Community Council and served on the Board of Directors at the South Park Inn Homeless Shelter and Plimpton House in Hartford.

In addition to her beloved Med, she is survived by her daughter, Crystal Affricano of Tolland; her son and daughter-in-law, Ernest and Tonya Affricano, and their children, Mason and Samantha, all of Newington; two sisters, Arline Brown and Alice Freeman both of Manchester; her aunt, Beulah Palcich of Berlin; her niece, Lorrie Rankin, and her husband, Carl, of South Windsor; and her cousin, Ron Zanobi of Norfolk.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester. All are welcome to attended funeral services on Friday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with burial to follow in Buckland Cemetery, Manchester.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Hockanum Valley Community Council, 29 Naek Road, Suite 5A, Vernon, CT 06066. To leave an online condolence please visit


Funeral Home

Holmes Funeral Home
400 Main Street Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 643-2441

Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 7 to Apr. 11, 2014