Karen Carolan

Obituary of Karen Carolan

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Karen Carolan, a cherished member of our family and beloved friend to many, who left us peacefully on March 18, 2024, surrounded by family. Born on May 1, 1942, in Newark, New Jersey, Karen’s journey began in a city that would see her grow, learn, and begin the myriad paths that her life would take. 

Karen’s spirit of adventure and love for her community saw her move to Toms River, NJ, fifty years ago, a place she would call home until four years ago when she moved to Warren, NJ, to be closer to family. Her professional journey was marked by dedication and service; she began her career at the American Federation of Musicians in Newark, NJ, served at Mellon Bank, and concluded her professional endeavors at the permit department of Toms River as a technical assistant. Karen chose to retire early to devote herself to the care of her beloved mother, embodying her deep-rooted family values.

Karen’s faith was a testament to her strength and character. Her hobbies and interests were as varied as they were joyous. She relished her trips to Atlantic City, cherished her visits to the beach, and enjoyed playing Words with Friends. Above all, Karen loved being surrounded by her family. A monthly lunch with the ladies, Nan (Anne) Farrell, Dorothy Leary, and Patricia Werdann, who were more like sisters, were among her most treasured moments, a testament to the love and camaraderie that defined her.

Karen was predeceased by her mother and father, Peter and Catherine Carolan, her brother, Paul Robert; sister-in-law, Betty; and her nephew, Paul Carolan, Jr.

Her legacy of love and laughter lives on through her niece, Lynn and her husband, Mike; nephew, Greg and his wife, Melinda; great-nephew, Michael the Third; great-nieces, London and Jacqueline; great-nephew, Hunter; as well as many extended family members and loving friends who will miss her deeply.

Karen’s life was a tapestry of joy, kindness, and unwavering faith, touching the hearts of all who knew her. As we say goodbye, we also celebrate the remarkable life of a woman who was truly one of a kind.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Karen’s memory to a charity that was close to her heart, such as the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Shriners Hospitals for Children

The visitation will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, NJ, followed by the funeral mass at Our Lady of the Mount R.C. Church - Chapel, 167 Mount Bethel Road, Warren, NJ, at 1 p.m. where we will gather to remember and celebrate Karen’s life.

Rest in peace, dear Karen, knowing you have left an indelible mark on our hearts.


Memorial Visitation at Funeral Home

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday, March 23, 2024
Higgins Home for Funerals
752 Mountain Blvd.
Watchung, New Jersey, United States

Funeral Mass

1:00 pm
Saturday, March 23, 2024
Our Lady Of The Mount R.C. Church - Chapel
167 Mount Bethel Road
Warren, New Jersey, United States
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