Karen "Kay" J. Kaplan

January 26, 1942July 16, 2020

Karen “Kay” J. (Wells) Kaplan, 78, of Zephyrhills, FL, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Hartford Hospital. Born in Hartford on January 26, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Lyman Wells and Bernice Ruth (Fredette) Wells. Kay was a graduate of Weaver High School. A creative and talented floral designer, she was the co-owner and operator of Phoenix Floral in Texas for many years prior to her retirement. Kay was very involved with her church and especially enjoyed teaching Sunday school. She loved to entertain and cook, enjoyed crafting and was an avid Scrabble player. More than anything, her passion was her family, friends and her dogs, Pingo and Mocha.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she will be forever missed by her husband, Barry Kaplan of Florida; her daughter, Tori-Ann Sells and husband Brad of Glastonbury; three sons, Todd Laurito and Lorelei of Clinton, Scott Laurito and Ronda of Vernon and Christopher Laurito and wife Amy of East Windsor, daughter in law Lisa Laurito of Wethersfield; six adored grandchildren, Jason Laurito (Megan), Teresa Shea (Ryan), Suzanne Sells, Brianne Sells, Myranda Hickey (Addison) and Christopher Laurito, Jr. and her five cherished great-grandchildren, Cody, Eve and Nicholas Laurito, Aurora Wilkerson and Deacon Hickey as well as her dear friend, Tommy. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her two brothers, Brian and Jason Wells.

A celebration of Kay’s life will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to the ASPCA. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Glastonbury Funeral Home, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT 06118. To share a memory of Kay with her family, please visit


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Joanne and Francis "Sonny" Stevens

August 8, 2020

We were so sad to hear of Karen's passing. We have missed her presence greatly since moving to FL. Karen was such a huge help to Joanne (me) concerning church activities, sharing her many talents in organizing, in particular, along with her creativity. She brought joy to the church activities in which she was involved. Her nature made her a pleasure to be around. I am sure she brought those attributes to everyone she was around, and that her passing has left a void in many lives. May the memories she left behind serve to comfort all who loved her.

Rev. Aaron Miller

July 21, 2020

I was so saddened to hear of Karen's passing. What a wonderful, generous spirit and soul. I was looking forward to sharing worship again with her (at MCC Hartford). May Karen rest in peace, enveloped by God's grace. And may her family and loved ones be comforted. Karen was truly a beautiful person who would brighten the room and fill it with joy anywhere she was. I will miss her deeply and dearly. Pastor Aaron Miller

Scott Laurito

July 19, 2020

Mom I love and miss you, I'm sorry you were taken so fast and we didn't have time for good bye. You are in my heart and will remain there until I see you again. I love you.

Lena Buerkle

July 19, 2020

Dear Barry & Family,
I am so sorry for your loss of our sweet Karen.
I have spent the last couple of days reviewing the photos I had snapped of her from our years together at First Baptist Church Arlington as we worshipped, learned, and fellowshipped together in our Contemporary Christian Concepts Sunday School Class and in the Women's Ministry. She was such a dear, dear friend and we spent so many happy times together. I am so grateful the Lord placed her on my path for a season.
May our Lord comfort and keep you and give you peace as you grieve her loss but celebrate her life.

Sharron Emmons

July 19, 2020

Extending my heartfelt sympathy to Karen's family and friends. Her sudden passing has left a hole in my heart. Sweet friend, you are that beautiful butterfly that flitted into my life briefly, provided moments of joy and smiles, and then was gone. I will miss our talks at church while you were visiting your friends Eric and Len very much. Be at peace.