SWARTSWOOD - Karen K. DiDonato, 83, of Swartswood, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., August 1929 when her parents emigrated here from Norway. During the depression, Karen and her family returned to Norway where they stayed until the end of World War II. Upon returning to the United States, she resided in Brooklyn and in 1957 relocated to Swartswood where she had lived for many years. Daughter of the late Oscar and Anna (Andersen) Knutsen, Karen had worked many years as a seamstress for the Newton Garment Co. and Morley's Shirt Factory until her retirement. A loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sibling, Karen loved time with her family and will always be remembered for her altruistic generosity. A longtime member of the Newton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, she was dedicated to her faith. Mrs. DiDonato was pre-deceased by her husband in 1999 as well as five sisters. Survivors include her children: Robert and his wife, Thelma, of Milford, Pa., Joe and his wife, Linda, of Milford, Pa., and Debby and her husband, David Sorrick, of Lemoore, Calif. Also surviving are her grandson, Jonathan DiDonato, and her great-granddaughter, Jillian, both of Milford, Pa.; as well as her sisters, Gerd Raynie of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Astrid Lunde of Tynes, Norway. Karen also is survived by many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be held Monday, Nov. 12, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home, 156 Main St. (Route 206), Newton. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Newton Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 65 Lawrence Road, Lafayette, NJ 07848. Online condolences may be offered through www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Nov. 11, 2012