May 21, 1957 – April 16, 2019
Mrs. Karen Friedman LeManquais, age 61 of Potsdam, NY, formerly of Hopewell Junction, NY, passed away surrounded by family on April 16, 2019 in Syracuse. Karen was born on May 21, 1957 in Brooklyn, NY, daughter of Mae (Hartman) Brothers and the late Harold Friedman. Unsure of what to name her, her mother took her son’s suggestion and named her Karen after his favorite character on the Mickey Mouse Show. She married Richard LeManquais on June 30, 1985 in Croton-On-Hudson, NY and they spent 34 loving years together. Karen is survived by her mother, Mae, husband, Richard, son, Zachary, daughter, Kasey. In addition, she is survived by her brother, Mark (Debra) Friedman, sister, Randi (Steven Totten) Perlman, niece Hailey, nephew Derek, and many friends. In her early years, Karen enjoyed competitive roller skating and horseback riding in Prospect Park, Brooklyn with her sister. After graduating high school, she was a crew member of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Sloop Woody Guthrie and worked alongside singer/songwriter Pete Seeger. She attended boat building school in New York City and was a member of the Youth Conservation Corps. During her lifetime she worked as a Journeyman for Metro North Railroad, a home caregiver, and recently as a long-time employee at Potsdam Central School as both a bus and lunch monitor. Karen loved the Grateful Dead, wooden boats, sailing, her dogs, cats and horses. She loved watching her daughter compete in horse jumping competitions and spending time at the stables, drinking tea with her friends on the back porch and being anywhere with her family. She was a kind, sweet, caring person and loved by all who knew her. She was an amazing mother and wife and was incredibly loyal to her family and friends. She had a sharp sense of humor and was a lover of all animals. Arrangements are entrusted to Garner Funeral Service. As per her wishes there will be no services, and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in the Hudson Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations in Karen’s memory can be made to the Potsdam Humane Society. Thoughts, memories and condolences can be shared online at www.garnerfh.com.
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May 9, 2019
Royal pain. Loyalty gained. Different, but same. My Sister
Skating rink rival. Fellow horse admirer. Wild child. My Sister
Hippie years well spent. Truckin' to the Grateful Dead. Flower Power in her head. My Sister
Family 'cross the miles. Beautiful smile. Kindly blue eyes. My Sister
Rough round the edges. Tough like the sedges. Shine bright like a diamond. My Sister
All animals well tended. Loved 'til the end. Forever my friend. My Sister
Heather and Warren Redlich
April 28, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. May her memory be a blessing.
abraham and patricia blum
April 26, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. Our Condolences to Ric, Zachery, Kasey, Mae, Mark and Randi. We hope that fond memories of Karen will ease your grief
April 24, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with Karen's family. Karen worked for me in the cafeteria at Lawrence Avenue Elementary when I was Elementary Principal. She took her job so seriously and took such great care of our students. She was a great worker and always tried to make the lunch time a pleasant experience for the students. I enjoyed our conversations before the crazy lunch time began and always tried to listen to her suggestions on how to improve student behavior during lunch. I was fortunate to know and work with such a caring and compassionate person. She will be missed.
April 21, 2019
When I learned of Karen's passing, I was wracked with grief. It was my wish, at that moment, she could somehow look down and see my anguish, so that she could understand the effect of her loss on those who love her and appreciate the indelible impression she'd made on them, in life.
May eternal rest bring her the peace she was unlikely to find again in life, due to the circumstances she was living under prior to her passing.
My heartfelt condolences to Mae, Rick, Kasey, Zachary, Randi, Mark and the rest of her family and friends.
April 21, 2019
I am so terribly sorry to hear about Karen's passing. I knew her from school and she always brightened my day with her smile and infectious wit. Please know your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Mrs. Susan K Villnave
April 20, 2019
Karen was always very friendly and an awesome coworker! She will be so missed! I'm so sorry for your loss.
April 19, 2019
Sarah, Seth, and I have many fond memories of getting to know Karen while the girls were competing at Honey Dew during the outdoor riding season. Our hearts go out to Richard, Kasey, and the rest of Karen’s family during this difficult time.
April 19, 2019
Rich, My condolences to you and your family on your loss. My best wishes are with all of you at this time.
April 19, 2019
Richard, so sorry to hear about your loss, my prayers are with you and your family at this hard time.
April 19, 2019
So sorry to hear this. Karen was always one of the fun horsie moms at the barn and at horse shows. So many good memories. Brigitte and Madeline
April 18, 2019
We never know what our next step will bring us towards. We never know the last conversation we will share, or the laugh a signature comment brings so easily.
Karen was my playmate, my bf’s kid sister, someone who is weaved into my life and memories. We played and sang and roller skated through the streets, argued over music, actresses, and every topic that came up. And as we sat on stoops talking, laughing, snacking on stuff we weren’t supposed to, we watched life go on around us as innocent kids. I grew up with Karen. And if Randi I were doing something or going somewhere Karen was right there.
I took Karen to her first concert, it was of course Grateful Dead. I was already driving, it had to be 1971 or 1972 tour, it was an outside venue on a sunny and warm day. The two of us had a great time just wondering through the crowd, browsing vendors, and listening to the jam until way into the night. I know for a fact Mae didn’t know what we were up to, and I told Karen the thing I was terrified of was losing her (or she me) and that Mae would just kill me! A Thanksgiving at the house in Brooklyn a lifetime later, packed in at a long table ending in the living room, somehow the story of going to that concert spilled out and Mae, hearing it for the first time came up behind my chair with a smack upside the back of my head with a ‘… what were you thinking …’. Karen burst into her unique laugh that still rings in my head, and I see that curl of her lips as she smiled at me.
I will forever hear Karen in my ears with snappy, ‘colorful’, come-backs.
What a long strange trip it’s been.
My love to all.