David T. Ferguson Funeral Home

20 North Street, Washingtonville, NY


Karen Maureen Mercado

February 24, 1959July 15, 2020

Karen Maureen Cartmel Mercado February 24, 1959- July 15, 2020 Through the eyes of grieved hearts, we announce that Karen M. Cartmel Mercado of Maybrook, NY, born February 24, 1959 passed peacefully, July 15, 2020 at the young age of 61. After aggressive cancer caused her to fight, yet again, valiantly with powerhouse faith, earning her the wings of "sister warrior of many things." Her husband, Pedro J Mercado, preceded by death, June 9, 2013, was her soulmate, whom she missed and kept close in memory. Her parents, preceded by death, Helene and John Cartmel welcome her with open arms of love. Her two siblings survive Karen: Diane Cartmel Maher and Pamela Cartmel Atacan (Fazil), her two nephews Thomas J Maher (Kristin) and Ryan A Maher (Meg), her great nephew Thomas Patrick, her cousins and second cousins and her best friend Gerry. Two wonderful sister-in-laws also survive Karen: Aida Stentella and Evelyn Raymond and their sons: Anthony and Robert (Melissa) Stentella and James Raymond. Her brother-in-law Efraim (Rose Ann) Mercado and their children Adrienne Cirigliano, Sabrina Mercado (Michael Marescot), Shannon Pollack (Andrew), Paul Mercado (Tiffany) and predeceased by Danny Mercado October 6, 2013. Her great-nieces and nephews: Santino Cirigliano, AJ, Alexis, Connor and Cadence Pollack, and Dyllen White. Karen grew up in Congers, NY with several "wonder year friends" some with us, while others sadly, deceased. She graduated from Rosary Academy in Sparkhill, NY in 1977. In 1982, she graduated Capri School of Cosmetology as a licensed Hairdresser. Her career endeavors guided her to her true passion as a Home Health Aide for the last 10 years. Karen is colorful in many ways with her "belly laughing" sense of humor, her compassion to write, her sensitive, kind, caring spirit that came with a protective coating, her faith in God, who she repeatedly said "has her back, so don't worry about me!". The families for whom she aided in their difficult battles and gave her God guided heart encouragement and tough love when needed embraced her. She has served this side of Heaven to the best she could and as far has her journey allowed. She will always be deeply loved by all who have loved her and embraced her.

Karen’s celebration of life will commence, in NY, a year from her passing, July 2021.



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Aguirre Family

July 23, 2020

We honor Karen with our love and remembrances. We celebrated Karen’s 60th birthday last year. We kicked off the long weekend with a favorite from our childhood “beetle-bug days,” lots of clam dip and chips.
We talked into the nights about the funny and the sad. We remembered playing “store” and tumbling around her family room playing “Honey West.” What fun we’ve had!
We enjoyed a long, lazy weekend, catching up. We toasted, had lots of seafood, and Karen’s choice for birthday cake, chocolate with fresh raspberries and whipped cream.
We’ve long been separated by miles, but not by heart. Karen used to say “you’re in my heart.”
Karen is in ours.
Kathy, Paul, and Paulie Aguirre

Diane Maher

July 22, 2020

Dear Karen,
My sister we have had our challenges and we have shared many wonderful memories together. We were sisters, we were friends and we also had our share of disagreements and separations. I want you to know you have always held a special place in my heart, as my little sister, as my friend and as my roommate. I admire your faith, your strength, your courage and your perseverance through all of your many life challenges.
You are a true "warrior of many things". You lived life with a passion, conviction and determination to be Authentically You! Your courage to accept your challenges over and over to rise above and share your gift of caring for those who were most in need of your support as a Home Health Aid during their most vulnerable time. You cared for them with love, as I feel only you could. As your heart and soul knew how much that care could make a difference in a life.
My heart is broken, you are no longer here.
My soul is Rejoicing, as you are now Home with your Jesus and at Peace!
Dance in the clouds and enjoy your eternal Peace.
I love you Karen, forever in my heart little sister, Until we meet again.

Ellen Arterburn

July 21, 2020

White Marshmallow Shoes and plaid skirts. Close my eyes and can see Karen walking down the halls of Rosary Academy! Pamela and Diane my heart hurts for you. My deepest sympathy

Ellen Schreiber Arterburn

Allison A Kelly

July 21, 2020

One tough young lady back in the day. But I always believed she had a heart of gold.

Frank Romeo

July 21, 2020

As one of Karen’s “wonder years” friends, I look back fondly at the fun times we had in the neighborhood, we were truly blessed to share such an idyllic childhood...now it’s your time to move on to the next step in your eternal journey...until we meet again❤️

Christine Carolus

July 21, 2020

Thoughts and prayers to Pam and Diane in this difficult time. I have so many memories of Karen from St. Paul's to Rosary. RIP Karen. Love to Pam and Diane...

Rori Coleman

July 21, 2020

When I think of you Karen I will always remember your mischievous and adventurous nature,your wild laugh and your love of life.
I will never forget your courage, your relentless faith and persistence in life.
Our lives came together in childhood and our journey over all these years has given me many beautiful memories to hold in my heart.
Rest in Peace dear one.
Dance on the clouds with Nadine and Pedro! You are home!

Maureen Liberta

July 20, 2020

Karen was a gentle soul whom was a joy to be around. She was a sweet blessing in my life and shared many great times together. I still feel your presence, Karen as you'll always be in my heart. Rest in peace sweet girl until we meet again.

Roberta Chinsky

July 20, 2020


What I will remember most about you is how you always stood your ground and you didn’t let anyone push you around. I admired that about you.

Many happy moments hanging on Hedge Row with you and your sisters.

Until we meet again...


Pamela Atacan

July 20, 2020

Dearest Karen,
To my sister warrior of many things!!!
It is much too soon for this celebration of your life, yet I know this is your appointmented time. You have served this side of Heaven selflessly to many and in many ways. In some ways it stretched into hearts that you are unaware of, one of them is mine. Your courage and brevity were much to be admired, that drew so strongly on your faith.
I will treasure our sisterhood, our laughter, our tears, our lost time, and our challenges because that made us... Us!!!
I love you forever and always, until we meet again!!!


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