Waterford - Karen Greene of Quaker Hill, set sail on her final journey on Sunday, April 10, 2011, just shy of her 52nd birthday.
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The youngest daughter of Alden and Helen (Roy) Greene, she was born in Westerly on April 28, 1959. She grew up in Pawcatuck, and attended Stonington High school. A life-long lover of music, Karen pursued her passion by earning her bachelor of music degree from the University of Connecticut in classical guitar, and playing bass clarinet in the UConn marching band. For years she played locally, in the Noank-Mystic Community Band and as part of a clarinet quartet, until she found her voice and "came over to the other side" - choral singing.
She, with her wonderful sense of humor, and generous heart, will be deeply missed by many, including her favorite sister, Nancy Greene, of Sandia Park, N.M.; her nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews; singers and friends from Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus, Griswold Players Community Chorus, Mystic River Chorale, Obesa Cantavit, and United Church of Stonington; by her best friend, and musical partner-in-crime, Michelle Mencer (of Rogers and Hammertoe); and her furry and feathered friends, Boomer the Pirate Parrot and Willie (Wilbur) the cat.
Funeral services will be private.
Donations made in Karens' memory may be mailed to Dara Blackstone, 3 Pinecrest Road, North Stonington, CT 06359. Donations received will be used to offset expenses and any additional monies will be used to establish the Karen E. Greene Memorial Fund for Wayward Tenors.
Published in The Day on Apr. 17, 2011