Karen Cooper Pfaffenbach, beloved and cherished wife of George Pfaffenbach, passed peacefully April 17, 2013 surrounded by family and friends. Karen was born on July 7, 1954, one of seven children of the late Mary and George Cooper of Glastonbury, Connecticut. Raised in Glastonbury, she graduated from Glastonbury High School as part of the class of 1973. Karen was a talented hairstylist for close to 40 years, serving many of her clients for her entire career. Karen created a warm environment, even serving home baked goodies, when she opened her own salon, The Hideaway, in Glastonbury. Born with a spirit of adventure, Karen always enjoyed the beach and being on the water. Karen was a passionate gardener, acquiring the love and clippings from her mother, Mary. Her true love, besides her husband George, was spending time with her friends and family, of which there were many.
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Karen is survived by her husband George; her son, Ken and his girlfriend, Amy Scrivens, her daughter, Kristen and her husband, Dr. Rick Balotti, her brother, George Cooper and his wife, Kathy of Troutman NC, sisters, Ann Dillon of North Yarmouth, ME, Pam Shores and husband, Fred of East Hampton CT, Peggy Hobson and husband, Tom of East Hampton CT, Bunny Brown and husband, Steve of New Hartford NY, and Joanne Scanlon and husband, Donny of Rocky Hill CT . She was expecting to be a proud grandmother in the near future. Karen is also survived by many nieces and nephews to whom she opened her heart and home.
Calling hours will be on Sunday, April 21st from 4PM until 8PM in the Spencer Funeral Home, 112 Main Street, East Hampton. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 22nd at 11AM in the Spencer Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery in East Hampton. Donations in Karen's memory may be made to the Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation, 93 East High St. East Hampton, CT 06424, Captain Grizzy Scholarship Fund, 70 Main St., East Hampton, CT 06424 or the Protectors of Animals, 216 Wopowag Rd., East Hampton, CT 06424. George and the rest of Karen's family would like to thank the staff at Hartford Hospital for their extraordinary skill and compassion throughout the last few days.
"There are people we meet in life that make everything seem magical… cherish them". To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.
Published in The Middletown Press on Apr. 20, 2013