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Karen Marie Szymon
August 19, 1944 ~ October 6, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Karen Marie Szymon, a compassionate soul who dedicated her life to caring for others, peacefully passed away on October 6, 2023, at the age of 79. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend who leaves behind a lasting legacy of love and kindness.
Born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Karen was married to the love of her life, Taras Szymon, for an incredible 46 years. Together, they built a beautiful family and raised five children: Lorraine, Lara, Steven Heather, and Suzanne. Karen was a true nurturer at heart, spending over three decades as a dedicated daycare provider, impacting the lives of countless children. Her immense love for children knew no bounds, and her nurturing presence left an indelible impression on those she cared for.
In addition to her role as a caregiver, Karen was passionate about helping others in need. She selflessly volunteered her time with Leader Dogs for the Blind, raising and training dogs to assist those with visual impairments. Her commitment to making a difference in the lives of those facing various challenges was truly inspiring.
Beyond her philanthropic endeavors, Karen found joy in simple pleasures. She had a knack for baking and cooking, filling the hearts and stomachs of those lucky enough to taste her creations. Karen and Taras also shared a love for occasional visits to the casino, cherishing the moments spent together and embracing the excitement of each game played. Camping with friends was another cherished pastime for Karen, as she found solace in nature and the warmth of friendship.
Described as patient and loving, Karen’s unyielding compassion radiated in all aspects of her life. Her unwavering support and understanding brought comfort to those around her, making her a true source of solace during both joyful and challenging times.
The loss of Karen will be deeply felt by her family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing her. Yet, her memory will forever live on in the hearts of those whose lives she touched. May her gentle soul rest in eternal peace.
Beloved wife of Taras Szymon; loving mother of Lorraine DeJean, Lara (Markus) Lozser, Heather (Michael) Hood, and Suzanne (Ned) Budd; proud grandmother of Christopher (Megan), Gregory, Kylie, Parker, Brooke, Aidan, and Carsten; cherished great-grandmother of Ashlynn, Connor, and Brayden; dear sister of Russell (Nancy) Schroeder, Gary Schroeder, and Joyce (Neil) Freitas; loved sister-in-law of Ruth Schroeder, and Liz Ottoy. Karen is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, family, friends, and the beloved children she watched and cared for over the years.
Karen was predeceased by her sister, Denise Schroeder, and her son, Steven DeJean.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on October 19, 2023, at Stoney Church in Washington, MI. The address is 11711 26 Mile Rd. Washington, MI 48094.
Instate 10:00 AM. Service at 11:00 AM. A luncheon immediately following the church.
Donations may be made in Karen’s honor to the Leader Dogs for the Blind.