Karen Lesley Fischman

January 16, 1960May 15, 2019

Karen Lesley Fischman passed away on May 15, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina, with family by her side. She was 59 years old.

Karen was a pillar of strength and a dedicated mother to her two sons, Daniel and Kevin. She loved her family above all else and cherished time spent together. She studied Radio, TV and Film at California State University, Northridge, which fueled her passion for movies, old and new. She also enjoyed reading and spent the majority of her life caring for and loving dogs. Karen's love for life was contagious and she brought great joy to those around her. She became a grandmother on March 27, 2019, a title that she was very proud of.

Karen was preceded in death by her father, Robert James Watkinson.

Karen is survived by her mother, Kathleen Watkinson; siblings and their spouses, Debra and Dennis Caffi, and Dean and Marie Watkinson; children, Daniel and Laura Fischman, and Kevin Fischman; and her granddaughter, Holly Fischman.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Monday, May 20, 2019, at McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel, 7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in Charlotte, North Carolina. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Karen requested that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, online at


  • Memorial Service Monday, May 20, 2019


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Brenda Patton

May 20, 2019

I met Karen when she came to work at Southmountain. Although I did not work closely with Karen, anytime I had a question or problem she was always helpful. I don't believe I ever saw her angry. Even when she did not feel good she always had a smile for everyone. She is one of the most accepting, gentle spirited and truly genuine people I have ever met. My heart and prayers have been with your family and will continue to be. She is missed.

Kaye Yaffe

May 20, 2019

Karen has been a close friend of mine for at least 34 years. She was the sister that I never had. We have shared so many memories over the years. She loved her family and dogs more than anything. I am so glad she got a chance to bond with Holly, her new granddaughter. She was so excited to be a grandmother. Karen was always uplifting and positive no matter what she was going through with her own personal struggles. I will miss her greatly. May she Rest In Peace!

Ashley McKinney

May 17, 2019

I worked with Karen at Southmountain for close to 5 years. She was a calming presence and seemed to be able to take on any beaurocratic or financial challenge the large insurance companies presented to us. I appreciate how she always had a smile and positive words and loved working with her. I regret her fight with cancer and am glad she can be comfortable now. I wish you comfort and peace in her memory and legacy. I am so grateful to have known this marvelous woman.