Karen Sugrue Joos

karen joos

March 24, 1944 ~ August 24, 2021

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Melbourne Beach, FL

Karen Sugrue Joos, of Melbourne Beach, FL passed away peacefully on August 24, 2021 surrounded by her family, while on vacation in Keene, NH. She was the wife of the late Charles Joos.
Born in New Haven on March 24, 1944, she was the daughter of the late William P. and Madeline Guida Sugrue. She is survived by her children, Brian Lubiniecki of Torrington, CT and Lauren Perry of Shelter Cove, CA. She is also survived by grandchildren Matthew, Hannah, Madeline and Samuel Lubiniecki, Cassidy and Kyle Perry, and her great-granddaughter Hailey Blanchard. Karen is also survived by her sisters Lynne Martens and Nancy Barone, and life-long friends, Marie Hally Loceito, Mary Schmitz and Julie Brockleman.
Karen was an alumna of St. Francis School and St. Mary’s High School in New Haven. She worked for SNET while residing in New Haven, and Southern Belle in Florida until her retirement.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, September 15th at 11:00 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 397 Ferry St., New Haven. To view a Livestream of Karen’s Mass, please click here: Karen Joos Mass. Password to enter is Karen. Interment will be private. BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden in care of arrangements. Donations in Karen’s name may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Memorial Mass: September 15, 2021 11:00 am

St. Francis of Assisi Church
397 Ferry Street
New Haven, CT 06513

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    • Karen was such a precious part of our family! She was a wise, amazing woman who loved with her whole heart. She became a rock solid support system for me during times of uncertainty and my “go to” when I needed to vent, ask advice or share great news. For Hailey, her great granddaughter, she was everything! Karen will forever be “Baby Karen” to us. Hailey began calling her that at a very young age and the term of endearment stuck like glue. Hailey’s life was enriched by Karen’s love for her. Hailey never wanted to disappoint her Baby Karen, which motivated Hailey to always do her best. Our lives will not be the same without Karen and she will be missed beyond measure! ❤

      • Thank you Becky. Karen was so fond of you and Bruce and loved Hailey with her whole being! And also thanks for all your prayers while Karen was ill.
        Nancy, Karen’s sister

  1. George and I got to know Karen while spending her summers here in Fitzwilliam, NH. Her smile and hatred of bugs makes us laugh. You will be missed Karen! Donna and George Spaulding

    • Dear Donna and George, It’s true that Karen was never the “outdoorsy” type especially when it came to bugs!!!! But,, how she loved Fitzwilliam, the lake and visiting the cabin.
      Thank you.
      Nancy, Karen’s sister

  2. We will miss Karen. She was always so gracious to us when we would visit in Florida. She had a sweet smile and was always ready to share some interesting conversation. Not only did she have a sweet smile but she had a sweet tooth! She was always an ally when looking for someone to go for a Kimballs ice cream run. She was a dear friend to Julie and we feel fortunate to have known her. May she rest in the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ. Love, Laurie, Mark, Ella, Johnny, Brock, Katie and Odin

    • Thank you Laurie for your kind words. Karen always spoke so highly of the Brockelman family. Even when she was in Connecticut, we would frequently go out for her favorite treat….ice cream! She never arrived without a few packages of Twizzlers in her luggage!
      Karen is so missed.

  3. We will miss Karen. Though we knew her for too short a period of time we feel blessed to have had her come into our lives. Always so gracious allowing us to escape the cold Northeast with visits to Melbourne. We will miss our cocktail hours, but most of all her wonderful sense of humor.
    God Bless.
    Love, Teri and Sue

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