Karen Green

14 August, 19512 October, 2020

Karen P. Green 1951-2020

South Portland- Karen passed away peacefully on October 2, 2020 due to complications of endometrial cancer. Karen was born August 14, 1951 the daughter of Richard E and Patricia (Jarvis) Peterson. She was married to Stephen E. Green for 51 years. She grew up in South Portland and was a 1969 graduate of South Portland High School.

In the summer of 1968 fate stepped in when Karen met Steve while working as a camp counselor for the SP Recreation Department at Legere Playground. That would begin a 52 year love story. They were married on October 17, 1969 at Holy Cross Church. They welcomed three sons who became the center of their lives. They loved raising their sons in South Portland and being involved in their school activities and sports events. Karen and Steve were thrilled with the arrival of three grandchildren from 1998 – 2000.

As a teenager Karen always dreamed of travel and adventure. After their family had grown, she and Steve set out on memorable vacations to the National Parks. They loved hiking in Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Yosemite, and both the North Rim and South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Their favorite park was Maine’s own Acadia which they tried to visit at least once each year. The serenity of Sedona, AZ was another favorite spot. They enjoyed trips to Western Canada, Banff and Vancouver. But their hearts held a special connection with Kauai which they thought of as their second home and where they had many special vacations.

Karen always loved music and dance. She taught Jackie Sorenson Aerobic Dancing and participated in Zumba and Nia classes. She and Steve also enjoyed musical theater. They saw many Broadway shows in New York and Boston. They attended many performances at Maine State Music Theater, the Ogunquit Playhouse and Portland Ovations.

Karen developed a love for photography during their travels. She especially enjoyed photographing nature and beautiful landscapes. She would create photographic gifts for family and friends. More recently she became passionate in photographing birds and even had several pictures shown in the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Karen always loved working with numbers. After starting her work life cashiering at Shaw’s and being a teller then mortgage person at Maine Saving Bank, she held accounting, payroll, and office management jobs at Allen Management Co., New England Woman Center and Tranzon Auction Properties. She made lifelong friends at each job. Her co-workers would often go to her for information that happened several years prior; she had a great memory for details!

Growing up with two brothers, Karen loved sports and became a competitive person enjoying many ball games in their back yard. She has fond memories of her family trips to Boston to see the Red Sox and Celtics.

She was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her husband Stephen and their three sons: Matthew (and his wife Kathleen and their son Nicholas), Brian (and his wife Sylvia and their daughters Kelsey and Kaitlyn), and Andrew; her two brothers Richard Peterson Jr. (and his wife Carol), and Paul Peterson; and her closest and dearest friends CT, DD, MP, MR, RP, & SF.

There will be a private family burial service only.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Nutcracker Syndrome research at Nutcracker Research Foundation 404 Clover Street Enters, PA 17319

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Barry Somes

17 November 2020

I owned a bus tour company, TOUR BUSters!, and Karen was a frequent traveler for many years. Always enjoyed having her on my trips. It was great to see her enjoy them and share those experiences with her.

Bill Peterson

19 October 2020

I remember Karen as a sweet young girl, always smiling and happy.
We did not see each other much after life as youngsters but I always liked the smile. So long cousin, KEEP SMILING

Francis Lyons

18 October 2020

Dee and I know Karen and Steve from being “the neighbors down the street” whose sons went to the same school as ours and were a sweet couple to stop and chat with when out walking in the neighborhood. Karen always had the most beautiful flowers surrounding her trees and accenting her yard and enjoyed comparing notes on how to improve our flowers. Karen’s smile always radiated kindness, grace and love, especially when talking about Steve and her sons; she will be greatly missed.
Steve, our profound sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to you, the boys and families.
Frank & Dee Lyons

Marilyn Pierce

18 October 2020

You will be missed , my dear friend .

Lynnis Gendron

18 October 2020

Stephen & family,

Tim and I are greatly saddened to learn of your loss. Karen was a lovely woman gone far too soon. It is a rare blessing to celebrate 51 years married and in love. May happy memories provide some small comfort at this impossibly difficult time.

You are all in our prayers,
Lynnis Gendron & Tim Fuller

Jere Sirois

14 October 2020

Unfortunately, I never had an opportunity to meet Karen. She worked with my daughter Carmen. Carmen conidered her a dear friend and enjoyed Karen when they both worked for the same company. Their friendshiop continued even after Karen retired. Karen, shared with my daughter and eventually with me, her photos taken while vacationing at her favorite island paradise. She knew my love of her island photos & gave me via my daughter, a calendar she made comprised of her photos. I enjoyed the calendar more than I can put into words. Looking at the photos allowed me a brief escape to that paradise. They gave me such pleasure! Karen, what a kind & thoughtful person! Steve, sons & family, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you and her freinds. Karen will be missed.

Susan Doughty

14 October 2020

Karen was a beacon of light as she managed our books at New England WomenCenter. Her heartfelt caring for our patients and staff made her a joy to be with, and we continued our lunches together even after she left the practice. She became best friends with my mother-in-law, Shirley Doughty, so I picture the two of them off having tea together somewhere, enjoying each other once again. Our deepest sympathy goes to you, Steve, and to your family whom Karen loved so deeply.

Cherie Bryant

13 October 2020

Stephen and family, Mike and I were very saddened to read that Karen passed away.. We are so sorry for your loss, she was too young, our hearts go out to you, Stephen, and your family. R.I.P. Karen
Sincerely, Mike and Cherie

Barbara Bard

13 October 2020

I am so sorry to hear of the death of my friend, Karen. I met her in second grade at Roosevelt School and knew her through high school. I remember fondly her companionship during the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his funeral. I missed seeing her at our 50th SPHS reunion in 2019. May she rest in peace.

Becky Malley

12 October 2020

I was so very sorry to read of Karen's passing. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Becky Malley


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