Karen L. Henigan Henick

February 6, 1969November 5, 2013

Karen L. Henigan Henick passed away November 5, 2013, at her home peacefully in her sleep. She was born on February 6, 1969 in Providence, Rhode Island, the youngest child of Wilbur and Carol Cordes Henigan. Karen was first introduced to Maine during family vacations spent at Moxie Cove. When she was eight, she and her family moved to Windham. Karen learned to ice skate at an early age and became an accomplished figure skater. After graduating from Windham High School in 1987, she worked as a bookkeeper in the corporate office of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and then later became a payroll specialist at the Westbrook School Department. At Westbrook, Karen was known for her honesty and empathy in helping co-workers deal with their financial and personal difficulties. She made many deep and lasting friendships. Karen, a mother of three young children, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 36. Karen was determined to fight her illness regardless of what challenges she faced. Karen stayed strong, upbeat and enthusiastic with a smile on her face that was inspiration to all. She became everyone’s reminder of what a good day really is. On November 2, 2013 with the contagious smile, she married the love of her life, Paul Henick in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire, in the presence of their children, family and friends. Karen was lovingly cared for by Pam, Hope, associates of Southern Maine Hospice, and her favorite Aunt Ruth Taubl. Karen is survived by her husband, Paul Henick of Windham, her three children, Nicole, Tyler and Connor Gelinas, all of Windham; Paul’s daughters, Janine and husband Josh Fifield of Portland; and Mariah Henick of Windham,;her parents Wilbur (Bill) and Carol Henigan of Windham; brother Michael Henigan and his husband Kelly Hillard, of Atlanta, GA; sister Linda and her husband Eric Duntley of Scarborough; brothers Stephen Henigan and wife Christy ,of Corinna; Donald Henigan and wife Kim, of Bath. She will be missed by many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces, Nephews and beloved friends. Karen is also survived by her loving cousin Danielle and husband Marc McEwan and sons, from Darien, CT. Donations in Memory of Karen, can be made to: Gosnell Hospice House 11 Hunnewell Road Scarborough, Maine 04074 or Windham Cancer Support Group c/o Bob Beane 45 Whites Point Rd. Standish, ME 04084. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation on Friday November 8 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home 199 Woodford St. Portland, Maine. Funeral services will be Saturday Nov. 9 at 11:00 A.M. in the First Lutheran Church of Portland, 132 Auburn Street. Interment will be at a later date in the Arlington Cemetery in Windham, Maine. On-Line Condolences can be given to the family at


  • Visitation Service Friday, November 8, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 9, 2013

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Marty MacDiarmid

November 11, 2013

What a joy to have had a skate with Karen and enjoy the spirit and support of her family. Coach Marty

Kevin Call

November 10, 2013

Karen will be sadly missed by so many people. She was a very rare person that combined warmth, beauty, and caring in such a great way. I feel very lucky to have known her and to have shared some fun and special memories. She has had such a positive impact on all the people she touched during her time with us. My thoughts and prayers are with all her family and friends.

Marco Deluty

November 9, 2013

I just heard and I'm in shock. My heart is broken for the loss of such a charming and sweet person. I hope Karen's family accepts my deepest sympathy for your loss. Carol, no words can express my sadness. My heart goes out to you. Be strong. Celebrate her life. She was one of the good ones.

Kristal Vargo-Ward

November 9, 2013

I, too am an old field hockey and high school friend of Karen. She did have an infectious smile. She would want us all to remember to cherish each and every day as if it were our last.

Connor, Tyler and Nicole my thoughts are with you and I send great big hugs. You have a great big family at WMS and WHS. I want your mom to rest knowing that we will take great care of you. My thoughts and prayers are also with the Henigan family and Paul and Mariah Henick. So sorry for your loss.

November 9, 2013

On behalf of my family, myself and my late wife Patty please accept our condolences on your loss of Karen.
Patty worked with her in the Westbrook system for many years. Although I did not know her that well very few days went by that Patty did not mention her and the great courage that she showed in her battle with the cancer in her body. I will never forget her determination to raise her family and her caring. Patty was so pleased when Karen and
friends came to visit her during her own battle. I am sure that they are reunited in heaven. Karen was one of Patty's best friends. Your family will be in my prayers. God Bless You and take. care.

Bob and family

Bob Bourget

Victoria Raynor Brown

November 9, 2013

I am classmate of Karen from Windham High School. My thoughts and prays goes out to the family. I always remember Karen with a big smile on her face and leading us at graduation. She will be deeply miss.

November 8, 2013

Karen you will be remembered for your beauty inside and out. You will never be forgotten and I hope your family will always feel your presence watching over them. Rest in piece beautiful.

Robert D. Beane

November 8, 2013

Our heartfelt sympathy's go out to all of you. We only knew Karen for a short time, but she was, for us, an example of courage and a role model of "how to dance with cancer". Those of us in the Windham Cancer Support Group met with Karen about this time last year and were able to help her in her battle for just a little. She is still an inspiration. Remember Karen for her example of courage and not for the loss from her death.
Bob Beane
Chairman, Windham Cancer Support Group

Donna McEachern

November 8, 2013

On behalf of my daughter Ashley McEachern, who works alongside Paul, we wish to convey our heartfelt condolences during this trying time. 'They take the love with them'... Ashley McEachern and family-

Friend Family

November 8, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen's family. So sorry for your loss.