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Karen A. Danielek, age 70, of Norcross, Georgia passed away on February 10, 2018. Karen was a beloved wife to Jan (John) of 45 years and mother to son, Steven, age 45. She was a four time cancer survivor. Karen volunteered with the Gwinnett Cancer Society and the Atlanta Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America; she was awarded the Silver Beaver Award and the District Award of Merit. She was also a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Karen is survived by her husband Jan (John); her son, Steven; sisters Joann (Joe) Vespoli, Margaret Brearey, and Rose Lee (Mike) Barrey and brother, Frank Sabo.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, February 24 at 12 noon at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 2140 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross, Georgia 30071. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Karen’s memory to the American Cancer Society. Georgia Cremation, 3570 Buford Hwy, Suite 202, Duluth, Georgia 30096 (678) 584-0914 is assisting the family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at GeorgiaCremation.com.
No time to cry
Don’t shed a tear
I am with God
In spirit I am here…
I kept the faith
My spirit is light
I am at peace now
I fought the good fight.
Author – Valerie T. Sampson
Steve Anderson says
Karen has out raced us to heaven and will be waiting to greet John and Steven in the future to show them around.
May God Bless the entire family.
Caroline and DeWayne Lusky says
We have known John, Steven and Karen for over 35 years — we want to say thank you to Karen for being a part of our life. Karen is without a doubt one of the strongest, most courageous person we have ever known. When most would have given up she would just keep “bouncing back”. She touched many lives and was loved by all. We will miss her — Love from Caroline and DeWayne
Johnie and Terry Ann Tumlin says
We are honored and blessed to have met Karen, John and Steven through the Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America program. We met some thirty years ago through Boy Scout Troop 236. Karen was so dedicated in her volunteer service to the Boy Scouts. She was a fighter throughout her life’s journey and she continued to volunteer as she was able. We have many beautiful memories of Karen and she will remain in our hearts always. Praying for the family for peace and comfort.
Love and God’s blessings,
Johnie and Terry Ann Tumlin
Diane Danielek says
I will always hold many memories of Karen very close to my heart. She was tough, she was courageous, she was compassionate, and she was funny. And there is no way to adequately say how much she will be missed by everyone whose life she touched.
Cameron Garrett says
Karen was one of the toughest ladies I ever met, in addition to being one of the most caring and wonderful souls I came across. God bless her, Jan and Steven. She is now with her Heavenly Father and is no longer feeling any pain or sorrow.
Manny A. says
It is with a heavy heart that a great, wonderful, and very loved woman, Karen Danielek, passed away on Feb. 12th. What can you not say about Karen…she was loved by many, and she loved us all. She was like a second grandmother to my children, she would watch them every morning and afternoon getting on and off the bus. My kids loved her so much, they would go over and help her out with anything, or just to sit with her and hang out. She will for ever be in our hearts and will be truly missed.
Claire Jones says
Dear Jan and Steven,
We are very sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and know the loving memories you have will comfort you.
Cousin Claire Schmidt Jones and Richard
Cousins Kris Schmdt and Tom Schmidt says
Dear Jan and Steven,
Our hearts and prayers are with you during this very sad time. May treasured memories be a source of comfort in the days ahead.
Ken Goldwasser says
Dear John and Steve,
We are all saddened by the news and send you and the family love and light.
She will be remembered for her giving spirit, open heart and service to others.
Keeping you in all our thoughts and prayers.
The Goldwasser Family
Kathy Wallace and family says
You WERE NEVER just my sister-in-law, you are my sister. I am proud to have known you and to have been a part of your life. You were our (self-proclaimed) “one eyes, one eared, flying purple people eater.’ Your sense of humor and your deep abiding faith were your strength. You are my hero! Whenever I want to feel sorry for myself, I think of you. Your courage and determination helped to sustain us all, as you navigated YOUR WAY through every challenge before you! AND, YOU WON!!
I know you had your moments, but you never gave up. You took your personal tragedy and turned it around to help and inspire other cancer patients… you gave them hope and compassion. You continued your award winning work with the Scouts. You pushed forward with your life, and you seized every moment you could.
You are free of your worldly burdens now, and I know you will watch over us. We will miss your presence very much, but you will always be close in our hearts. I wont say goodbye. We’ll see each other again.
We love you
Kathy, Gary, Nora and D.J.
Frank & Judy Grantham says
How do you say goodbye to someone who is like Karen. She was the most loving, strong, friendly person I’ve ever known. She was always there helping out in any way she could. She never let cancer beat her. She fought back with such determination and strength. A real believer of God. SHe is now with the angels she so loved. God bless you and keep you Karen. You will be missed by everyone.