Karen Watson was born in Queens on October 8, 1959 to parents Marie DiPrima Gallo (1938-1974) and Joseph Gallo (1938-2016.) She is survived by her devoted husband of nearly eighteen years Glenn Watson; loving daughter Jen King (from Karen’s first marriage to Tony King (1958-2014)) and Jen’s boyfriend John Mougios; stepmother Adele Gallo; sister Nancy McCarthy and sister and brother-in-law Laura and Ron Piervincenzi; five nieces: Amanda McCue (Patrick), Gina McCarthy, Natalie McCarthy, Serena Piervincenzi, and Clara Piervincenzi; beloved aunt and uncle Jo-Ann and Sergio Cortese, and many cousins and other family members and friends.
The proud founder and owner of her own business, Keyboard Graphics, Karen worked tirelessly to deliver exceptional work to her clients. If you used a Barron’s test prep book or pet care guide in the last 25 years, you’ve seen Karen’s work. She received a Bachelor of Arts from School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in 1981.
Karen loved dining out, and dining at home on husband Glenn’s amazing culinary creations, attending concerts, including many trips to the New Orleans Jazz Fest, spending time in the city and traveling anywhere she could. Travel highlights include Hong Kong, Thailand, Costa Rica, Peru, many points in Europe and multiple trips to St. Barth’s and Mexico.
As the original “Gallo girl” and the eldest cousin on both sides of her family, Karen served as the family memory bank; the go-to person if you needed to access a distant family member’s name or how to spell the long Polish maiden name of her paternal grandmother. She was also the person to ask any question about Apple products, how to secure the best airfare, or how to perfectly align your résumé or center your DIY invitations. To all of her nieces’ friends in Bayport-Blue Point she was known as “Aunt Karen” for all the chauffeuring she did for all of them.
Funny and smart and reliable, Karen truly was a central part of her family. She will be missed beyond words by all who were lucky enough to have her in their lives.
Memorial visitation- Friday April 30th from 3-7:30 pm in our Bayport location (683 Montauk Hwy Bayport, New York 11705).
Chapel service for Karen will be held at the funeral home on Friday April 30th at 5:00 pm
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