We are sad to announce, Karen Lyn Carbonneau passed away comforted by loved ones on the morning of December 5, 2023. She was the beloved wife of Victor R Carbonneau Sr. for 50 years.
Karen was born in the town of Holyoke, Massachusetts on November 28, 1949., daughter of the late David A. Johnston V and Marjorie Ann (Wheatley) Johnston. She graduated from Holyoke High School and Holyoke Community College with an Associates Degree before attending Dean-Traut School of Floristry in New York City.
Throughout childhood, Karen was actively involved with numerous organizations like the Girl Scouts, 4-H Club, Boy Scouts and Church. She was the Secretary of the Southampton Historical Society. Karen modeled her deep passion for community involvement with her own children by continuing as a Cub Scout and 4-H Leader.
For over 20 years, Karen volunteered with the Scottish Arts of New Hampshire by serving on the Board of Conveners for the St. Andrew’s Society of NH, the Board of New Hampshire School of Scottish Arts and the Dance Coordinator for Highland Dance at the New Hampshire Highland Games. In addition, Karen continued her faith in God as a member of The First Congregational Church, Littleton, NH; she served as a Deacon, a member of the women’s society and the chair of the Caring Tree. Each card for the Caring Tree was made by scratch and unique in design.
Karen’s kindness, generosity and creativity shined in every act for others. Those who she met were soon adopted into her family; where her support and passion to teach arts, crafts, gardening and cooking brightened the lives of all she touched. Her luster for life and affection for others will be truly missed.
Karen is survived by her husband, children and their spouses: her son Victor Carbonneau Jr. and wife Hannah Carbonneau, her son Mark Carbonneau and wife Kris Carbonneau, her daughter Nancy Goddette and husband David Goddette, and her daughter Hannah DeOlympio and husband Pete DeOlympio. Karen also leaves behind her brother David A Johnston VI and sister Dale Peer and five grandchildren Ben Carbonneau, Maxwell Goddette, Chantal Goddette, Sophie DeOlympio and Owen DeOlympio.
Karen was a devoted and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend whose memory will be carried in our hearts. “The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another” Gen 31:49.
A memorial service will be held December 16th at 10AM at the First Congregational Church, 189 Main St, Littleton, NH. The family would like to express a heartfelt thanks for North Country Home Health & Hospices’ dedication and gentle care. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society or The North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency of Littleton, NH.