Karen Brandow
1954 - 2014
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SHELBURNE FALLS - Karen Brandow, 60, passed away peacefully Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at home in Shelburne Falls.

She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1954 and spent most of her adult life in western Massachusetts and in Guatemala. She devoted her life to making this world a better place through her singing, counseling and Spanish interpreting.

Karen was a loving partner to Charlie King, a devoted daughter, and a loyal friend whose calm presence was appreciated by her community and supported by her Buddhist practice. She was grateful for all of the blessings and privileges of her life which she attempted to use to be of service to others.

She died as she lived - making conscious choices about medical treatment based on her most deeply held values. She wishes to be remembered for adding in her "grain of sand" to the ongoing search for peace and justice in this world.

She asks that anyone wishing to honor her memory make a donation in her name to The Innocence Project in New York, 40 Worth St., Suite 701, New York, NY 10013, or to Christian Peacemaker Teams, P.O. Box 6508, Chicago, IL 60680-6508.

A memorial service will be held Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., Shelburne Falls, MA.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Oct. 31, 2014.
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October 28, 2019
Querida Karen, dejaste un legado de solidaridad, amor y compasión por la humanidad, te recordaremos siempre como ejemplo de compromiso con los Derechos Humanos, usaste tu guitarra para cantar a la VIDA y en estos días que celebramos a nuestros seres queridos te tenemos presente como siempre estuviste en nuestras luchas en Guatemala. Estas presente!!!
norma maldonado
November 21, 2015
Just saw this. So, so sorry to read about Karen's passing. I have beautiful memories of her singing with you when you came to Tucson.
Dina Afek
October 31, 2015
Querida Karen,
hoy, cerca del dia de los santos, vi tu esquela, no sabes la tristeza que me causa no haber sabido de tu enfermedad, siempre estaras en la memoria de quienes apoyaste con tu vida dedicada a los derechos humanos, especialmente en Guatemala, mis condolencias a Charlie y a tus seres queridos, te nos adelantaste en el camino, pronto estaremos cantando juntas y aprendiendo de tu musica y calida energia.
Norma Maldonado
September 2, 2015
It's your birthday, Karen. Your first with the stars above. Your gentle spirit lives on. Thank you for making the world a kinder place.
Mary (Muirhead) Hegarty
June 19, 2015
Charlie, I am so saddened to read this. Such a terrible surprise. Bonnie & I wish you hope. I will forever remember the good times you & I shared in Brooklyn that long summer so long ago. ~Harry
Harry Davis
February 28, 2015
Charlie King Concert, Tucson, 2/1/2013
We are so sorry about Karen's passing. I will always treasure the times you and Karen have traveled to Tucson to spread sounds and words of hope and inspiration. A giant hug to you, Charlie, from Bill Bartholomew and daughter, Zoe (the one who sent you her picture of the Toad and the Raven)
William Bartholomew
February 21, 2015
So sorry for your loss, Charlie. Wish had a chance to meet Karen before she had to leave you. We so enjoy her beautiful voice on your albums.
Bev and Jerry Praver
February 17, 2015
Joyce Smith
February 16, 2015
Unimaginable. Just learned yesterday (2/15/15) of Karen's physical parting. As with others writing here, this is indeed a sad shock. Only met Karen and you, Charlie, at some of your inimitable concerts over a few years, here in Tucson in Feb, and at Elat Chayyim on the Woodstock side of the Hudson (before they moved, perhaps in 2005, the summer Reb Zalman was there).

Karen and you created together a community heart connection, with your marvelous music, inspired spirit, and compassionate action, which will continue to blossom. Yes, Pete's kids ~ praise Shechinah!!

May Karen's memory be as a blessing. May you and all her dear ones ever feel comforted among the many people in many places, who care.
Joyce Smith
November 24, 2014
Charlie - I can't tell you how shocked I was when you told me yesterday that Karen was gone. I considered her to be one of the best examples of a human being that there was! I would like to keep in touch with you, if you would like. We have been friends for a long time and I will never forget the time you and Roy shared our hospitality at the same time. With prayers and wishes for all the best for you in this trying time and beyond! - Joe Torma
November 20, 2014
Charlie, We just heard the news of Karen's passing. Remembering so fondly our times together in Cleveland and at the SOA. remembering her voice, her infectious smile and all the joy it brought. Holding you in our prayers.
Gayle, Tony and Grace
November 5, 2014
What a lovely human being.

~ Shivaun
November 5, 2014
What a sad shock! I met Karen through PCUSA and was so moved by her music, especially when she sang in Spanish. So beautiful! Grateful that she and Charlie graced PCMNY with a concert a few years ago. May God welcome her with open arms and bless Charlie as he continues on with her in his heart.
Rsoemarie Pace
November 4, 2014
I didn't know Karen well, but was lucky enough to work with her and Charlie on a handful of occasions at Pax Christi USA gatherings. Karen was so kind and generous to me personally and to all of the Pax Christi USA family. We give thanks for her life and witness. ~Johnny Zokovitch, Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA
Johnny Zokovitch
November 4, 2014
I'm sorry to learn of Karen Brandow's passing. I want t and express my heartfelt sympathy and convey my condolences to Charlie King and Karen's family. Sheila Ewall Richmond Hill Queens, NY.
November 3, 2014
I'm sorry to learnthe passing of Karen Brandow. I want to convey my condolences and express my heartfelt sympathy to Charlie King and Karen's family.

queens, NY
November 3, 2014
I've only known Karen for the past two years, and then in the context of having dinner before watching NBA games on TV together -- or emailing about the games we watched separately. I was, however, fortunate enough to see and feel the grace and dignity that others speak about when describing Karen. Since our acquaintance was made after her diagnosis, I am grateful to have heard her discuss her plans and hopes for the last years of her life. Her peace and clarity have already helped the world, and will continue to do so. Charlie, my thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve this incredible loss, and find comfort in the beautiful memories.
Beth Berry
November 2, 2014
Karen was a gift to not only her community, Charlie and all, she was a gift to the world, some one who shared a vision of a peace-filled planet where the least were as cherised as thsoe with the most. Her beautiful, generous and kind spirit and her clear voice --both in song and conscience, will be missed.
Mike Matejka
November 2, 2014
Charlie, There can be no words for a loss as profound and unfathomable as yours.
I only met Karen the one time that you and she came here for the benefit for the Labor History Association, but her inner beauty as well as outer beauty and the devotion you clearly had for one another was deeply moving. I am so very sad for you and with you.
Joan Cavanagh
November 2, 2014
Karen's life was a gift to the universe - Her caring and love for all God's children and her beautiful voice who along with Charlie, helped raise the Spirit of all of us in the peace and justice movement. Karen Brandow Presente!
David Hartsough
November 2, 2014
Accompanying Eucharist with Charlie in 2004 at the SOAWatch, Columbus, GA
Remembering Karen with love for her great work in making music serve the cause of bettering our world. With love in my heart for you, Charlie. And her voice lives on! Thanks, Karen!
Joh Wentland
November 2, 2014
One of those souls that had a depth and knowing that made you feel instantly at ease. I only had a few interactions with Karen, but she left a deep mark on me in a turbulent time.
Greg Rolles
November 2, 2014
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your great loss. May Almighty God provide peace and strength as you endure this difficult time.
May Letts
November 1, 2014
I hadn't seen Karen since 1971 until she came with Charlie to give a house concert in LA. I enjoyed their music and catching up with Karen. She was a true comrade and I will miss her voice, singing and justice seeking.
Michael Hersh
November 1, 2014
I only met her once, but when I spoke to her, she spoke to me so calmly and reverently, and she made me feel so comfortable and relaxed. She was an amazing lady, and the world lost a great lady when it lost Karen.

May you now find the peace all around you that you gave to the world.
Aubretia Windy Edick
November 1, 2014
Karen Brandow, beautiful soul, Presente!
Liz Oglesby
November 1, 2014
i knew her from high school. I did not know her very well. I read her obituary. s One of the best things you can say about someone. They made the world a better place. That means she was a great success. Thank you Karen.
jack antonoff
October 31, 2014
So very sorry for your loss. Our Heavenly Father promises to be "a help readily found in the day of distress." May he bring you comfort during this difficult time. (Psalm 46:1 NWT)
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