Karen McNamara

VSM 11

Rochester, NY: March 26, 2017. Survived by loving husband Rick, daughter Kate, sister Diane, brother Bill, and many cousins and friends.

Karen was a devoted wife and mother, avid reader, and music lover. She had a successful career in the record business before moving to Cohocton to start a family. She was the president of the Cohocton Public Library board of trustees, a volunteer at the Cohocton Food Pantry, and an active member of the Cohocton Presbyterian Church.

Contributions can be made to the Cohocton Public Library, Cohocton Food Pantry, and Vincent House. A memorial service will be held at Cohocton Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 1 at 11 AM

11 Condolences

  1. Carol Williams on March 29, 2017 at 8:15 am

    I shared Karen’s community spirit of volunteering at our food pantry and library. My condolences to Rick and Kate hoping your many family memories help you through this sad time. RIP Karen

  2. Lisa Dollinger on March 29, 2017 at 9:21 am

    My deepest sympathy for the family! Karen was such a kind and sweet woman. I enjoyed many conversations with her while working at Carey’s. She had some wonderful advice for me more than once! Thank you Karen! Fly high knowing you touched many lives!

  3. Rachael householder on March 29, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I will always remember Karen’s kindness and how she touched many lives. She was a wonderful mother and friend. She always went out of her way to show kindness towards others. She will always be remembered.

  4. Sue Becker on March 29, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Much love and prayers for Rick and to sweet and lovely Kate. You are a shining example of Karens love and compassion for others. I always enjoyed my time with Karen though I didnt see her often. The last time we spoke we talked about our children..what a joy it was raising them and continuing to be friends with them as they became adults..so very quickly. We talked about how blessed we felt at this time in our lives. Walk proudly with the angels Karen..you will be missed.

  5. Jingjing Wu on March 29, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, Kate. Sending my comforting hugs and wishing you and your families moments of peace and comfort.

  6. Duane Sherwood on March 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Karen was there for so many of my best memories. She was an integral part of a group of seriously dedicated music friends. So many shows, and so many evenings just spent playing records, and laughing. Her memory is woven into all of it. Was glad to stay in touch with her over the years. My deepest condolences to Rick, Kate, Diane, Billy and all of us who knew & loved her. She will be sorely missed.

  7. Alexandra Templer Kendall on March 30, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Karen was a part of my family and life in New York. I am thinking of her, Diane, Rick, and Kate this week and sending lots of love. I remember her kindness and warmth and presence in our family life, always making time to visit when we came from Boston. With love, lex.

  8. Christa Jones on March 30, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Kate, my prayers for your peace and condolences for the loss of your mother. Your Census Bureau family is thinking of you and your family at this time.


  9. Corinne Patrick on April 1, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    To Rick, Diane, Kate and Billy, my deepest condolences. No words will ever express my shock and grief. I went to HS with Karen, we only ever knew each other by sight. As years went on I had the good fortune to become her friend. I remember when she became pregnant with Kate, such incredible happiness!

  10. Cora Treoir Duncan on April 2, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I first met Karen at record archive in the seventies as a customer and a colleague in the music retail business. At the time I was a DJ in a local concert Club. I was spending way too much money import 45 and 12 inch singles from the UK. After a while Karen made a point of steering me to the records she was pretty sure I would love and seek. I was able to trust your judgement implicitly. I started working at the same store a few years later after her period of employment was finished there. For a short time I held the same position that she did.

    Fast forward 15 years and we were seeing each other Ed many musical functions when she would return to Rochester from cohocton four shows and reconnecting with old friends period we always had wonderful friendly interactions. When I begin my transition in 2014 she was very supportive and constant with her encouragement.

    Her passing comes as a shock. I had spoken to her last maybe 3 months ago online and we both expressed a desire to see each other again soon. I am deeply saddened by her passing.

    May I express my condolences to her Inner Circle of longtime friends and most of all to her family. May we all celebrate the memories We Share of Karen’s life.

  11. Mary Ann Weger on April 8, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    My sincere condolances to Rick, Kate, Diane, Bill and all of Karen’s friends. I met Karen in 1972 at Rochester One Stop. We became immediate friends, had lunch together often and later became room mates. I visited Karen often when she lived in New York City and had the time of my life! Karen was a scholar — anyone who knew her found her to be well informed and ready to share information on most any topic. She was the most intelligent person I have ever met when it came to the music business — she knew all the record labels and their codes so well, she would say: “Tamla310” to friends, meaning “What’s Going On”? (by Marvin Gaye). She should have been promoted to one of the highest levesl in the music business, but unfortunately met up with the glass ceiling that many women suffer from today. She was an avid advocate for women’s rights, and for human rights and equality of all kinds. As she got older she got better and better, giving so much of herself to her husband, daughter and family and friends. She also gave a tremendous amount of time and work to her community.

    I would like to do honor to her memory by continuing her quest for a life filled with joy, beauty, slyle, music, film and all the arts, good health, diplomacy, love, kindness, staying young at heart by keeping up with literature, news, politics, music, art, motherhood, the importance of chilhood reading, feeding the poor, and tasteful humor. I hope a biography will be written about her one day — she lived a fascinating life, walked the walk and talked the talk. I hope her biography will be written one day to be read by all and seen by all on the big screen!! I wish it could have happened in here life time, she would have been so honored. I hope we can all honor her memory as she honored so many worthy philosophers, musicians, writers, and people of this generation and of generations past. May our memories of her live on now, and for generations to come! I will remember you always, Karen! Love, Mary Ann

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