Karen A. Kendall

karen kendall

September 22, 1953 ~ October 18, 2021

Born in: Milford, CT
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Karen Alison Kendall, 68, beloved wife of John Kendall, peacefully passed away at her home on October 18, 2021 after a long courageous battle with ALS. She was born in Milford on September 22, 1953 to Barbara Striby Boardman of Cheshire and the late Richard Boardman. After growing up in Milford, Karen graduated from Central CT University. Before retirement she was Bursar Manager for PEG Education Group. A voracious reader, she also enjoyed to cook, travel, and spend time with her family. Her biggest loves though, were her grandsons.Time spent with them was invaluable.
Besides her husband of 45 years, Karen will be lovingly remembered by her daughter and son-in-law, Beth and John Melillo of Cheshire; her grandsons, Jason and Ryan Melillo; and her sister, Janet Boardman of Waterbury.
Friends are invited to visit with Karen’s family on Friday, October 22nd from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to ALS Association-CT Chapter at www.alsact.org.


Visitation: October 22, 2021 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


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  1. Oh Beth I am very sad about this news. I didn’t know she had this dreadful disease. It’s incredibly sad to lose a parent and my thoughts are with you and all the family. Lots of Love, Lynn

  2. Karen my dear friend.
    We saw each other’s family grow up same mile stones graduations, weddings, and grandchildren our joys! I will miss our haircut appointments catching up and our saying “these are the golden years?? Really!!” Will miss you I will catch up with Beth and Janet💕💕❤️

  3. Dear John and Beth, We were so sorry to hear about Karen’s passing. We need more people like Karen in this world and Donna and I will miss her dearly. One of the best things I ever did was lower the height of the bushes between our houses. That allowed me to see her smiling face when she sat on the back deck. As I said she’ll be missed, but never forgotten. Love, Ralph and Donna Marottoli

  4. Thankful for the time I was able to spend with Karen and John. A very courageous couple. My priveledge to have cared for her and know them both.

    Many Blessings, fond memories to ease the pain in the families hearts right now

  5. You will be missed by many. Many great memories growing up. So happy you were in our lives Karen. Been separated by miles and time but , we have never forgotten our older cousin.
    Love and prayers sent from Danny, David and Dewey.

  6. My deepest condolences to the Kendall family, and to Karen’s sister Jan her mother Barb. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  7. Dear Beth,
    My condolences to you and your family. I have fond memories of your mom from Woodin St. I am very sorry to hear this. May she Rest In Peace. ❤️‍🩹

  8. Janet I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God gives you and your family strength to get through this difficult time as you and your family lay your love one to rest. ❤️💐

  9. Beth, John and family
    We are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. We pray that you find comfort in your memories.
    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Joyce and Carlo

  10. Beth, John and family,
    May God give you strength during this difficult time. Karen was a wonderful and kind coworker and friend. She will be missed but never forgotten.

  11. My deepest condolences to the Kendall family and dear friends. Karen was such a kind employee that was a pleasure to work with and always had others best interest at heart. My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

  12. Dear Karen, we have been penfriends since 1962 and met personally twice in our lives. I will miss you and our exchange.
    For John, Beth and the family I wish strength through this hard days.
    Gerlinde and family

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