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NEW PRESTON - Karen Casler Horton, a mother, devoted friend and family therapist who spent a lifetime sharing her strength, determination, moral center, beauty and love with those around her, died on Sept. 25, 2013 at New Milford Hospital at the age of 60.
"Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder" - E.B. White
This quote speaks to the way Karen lived her life; seeking and sharing the unique beauty she found in everyday life. She enjoyed being in nature, hiking, running, and soaking in the outdoors. Karen spent days in art museums, remembering the way her own mother taught her how to appreciate art. She passed the same appreciation to her daughters. She will be remembered as a confident woman who was determined to support those around her with kindness, insight and grounded perfection.
She left the world the way she lived her life; never losing her upbeat sense of humor, positive attitude and selflessness. Karen faced her cancer with poise, grace and a practicality that inspired those around her.
Karen was born in Boston, MA and grew up in Newton, MA. In 1975 she graduated from Goddard College in Vermont and in 1983 earned a Masters in Social Work from Bridgeport University in Connecticut. After moving to Roxbury, CT in 1984 she worked at various family therapy centers, starting a private practice in Brookfield, CT in 2008.
Karen is survived by her three daughters, Rebecca, Susannah and Lily. She was happiest when spending time with them - in the audience of their music recitals, reading their travel blogs and sharing in their success. Karen's love and dedication inspired her children to succeed, setting them on a path to follow their passions. She cultivated in them her love of classical music, nature, running and writing poetry.
Karen is also survived by her two brothers, Andrew and Peter Casler; along with Andrew's partner, Florinda; Peter's wife, Janet; and their three children, Alex, Sam and Justin. She is also survived by her sister, Linda Yamada; her husband, Hideki and their son Isamu.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Horse Ring in Steep Rock Reservation in Washington Depot, CT. Donations in Karen's memory may be sent to the Steep Rock Association, Inc P.O. Box 279 Washington Depot, CT 06794.
Published in The Register Citizen on Sept. 26, 2013
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