POTSDAM -- Mrs. Karen Friedman LeManquais, age 61, formerly of Hopewell Junction, passed away surrounded by family on April 16, 2019 in Syracuse.
Karen was born on May 21, 1957 in Brooklyn, daughter of Mae (Hartman) Brothers and the late Harold Friedman. Unsure of what to name her, her mother took her son’s suggestion and named her Karen after his favorite character on the Mickey Mouse Show. She married Richard LeManquais on June 30, 1985 in Croton-On-Hudson, NY and they spent 34 loving years together.
Karen is survived by her mother, Mae, husband, Richard, son, Zachary, daughter, Kasey. In addition, she is survived by her brother, Mark (Debra) Friedman, sister, Randi (Steven Totten) Perlman, niece Hailey, nephew Derek, and many friends.
In her early years, Karen enjoyed competitive roller skating and horseback riding in Prospect Park, Brooklyn with her sister. After graduating from high school, she was a crew member of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Sloop Woody Guthrie and worked alongside singer/songwriter Pete Seeger. She attended boat building school in New York City and was a member of the Youth Conservation Corps.
During her lifetime she worked as a Journeyman for Metro North Railroad, a home caregiver and recently as a long-time employee at Potsdam Central School as both a bus and lunch monitor.
Karen loved the Grateful Dead, wooden boats, sailing, her dogs, cats and horses. She loved watching her daughter compete in horse jumping competitions and spending time at the stables, drinking tea with her friends on the back porch and being anywhere with her family. She was a kind, sweet, caring person and loved by all who knew her. She was an amazing mother and wife and was incredibly loyal to her family and friends. She had a sharp sense of humor and was a lover of all animals.
Arrangements are entrusted to Garner Funeral Service. As per her wishes there will be no services, and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in the Hudson Valley.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Karen’s memory can be made to the Potsdam Humane Society.
Thoughts, memories and condolences can be shared online at www.garnerfh.com.