Karen Varian
1952 - 2021
Karen Anne Varian
Jul, 29, 1952 - Jan 26, 2021. Karen Anne Varian, 68, of Wakefield, Michigan (previously Newtown, Connecticut) passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, surrounded by her loving husband, family, and loved ones.
She is survived by her husband James Varian, sister-in-law, Patricia McAuliffe, siblings June (Tim) Frost, Eileen (Doug) Frattaroli, Linnea (Victor) Guarino, Daniel (Gina) Maki, and Matthew (Tanya) Maki. Her loving nieces and nephews, Lisa Varian, David McAuliffe, Chris McAuliffe, Sean McAuliffe, Daniel Frost, Matthew Frost, Grace Frost, Michael Frattaroli, Laura Nordgren, Gregory Frattaroli, Julia Frattaroli, Anthony Maki, Emma Maki, Katherine Maki, Leah Hushion, Ella Hushion, Alexa Hushion, Jeffrey Maki, Allison Maki, Alyssa Maki, and Jake Maki.
She was predeceased by parents Douglas Jack Maki Sr. and Marie Joyce (Briscoe) Maki, brothers Douglas Maki, Jr. (Shimmy) and John Maki.
Karen was born July 29, 1952, in Stamford, Connecticut. She graduated from Stamford High School and attended Mary Mount College and Fairfield University. She was assistant editor of the NY Times Magazine Group, Manager of Borders Bookstore in Danbury, CT, and Manager of Contrast Coffee in Ironwood, Michigan.
She married the love of her life, James (Jim) Varian, on September 1, 1982. She was an avid reader and lifelong learner, taking classes in Gaelic and Latin.
She loved to be with her husband and family, especially her nieces and nephews whom she considered the 'children of her heart'. She spent every summer watching them grow up in her favorite place, Cape Cod, where they would hunt for crabs at Paine's Creek, watch sunsets at Rock Harbor, and go for hikes at Fort Hill.
She retired to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, always fancying herself a Yooper, but never really stopped working. Her love of people drew her to her favorite job at Contrast Coffee, where she made lifelong friends and turned Wakefield into her home.
A celebration of her life will be held privately. Memorial contributions can be made to Regional Hospice Services, www.regionalhospice.org
Published by Danbury News Times on Jan. 31, 2021.
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To All of the Maki Varian family,
So sorry for your loss. Will always remember Karen's beautiful laugh which is the way I remember all of you! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love Lu Lester
Lucille Ballentine
February 3, 2021
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