KENNEDY - Karen Eileen (Swanson) Anderson, 69, of Marsh Road, Kennedy, N.Y., passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in the UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa.
She was born Jan. 22, 1944, in Oneida, N.Y., the daughter of the late Herman E. and Helen Derby Swanson. A lifelong area resident, Karen moved to Kennedy from Cassadaga in 1973.
Karen was a 1962 graduate of Cassadaga Valley Central School and a 1964 graduate of ECTI, now Erie Community College, in Buffalo.
Karen Eileen (Swanson) Anderson
She had worked as a dental hygienist from 1964 to 1973 for BOCES at Ripley, Sherman, Silver Creek, Forestville and Frewsburg central schools and for Dr. Roger Erickson, DDS from 1977 to 2010 in Falconer while concurrently working for Cassadaga Job Corps from 1992 to 2006.
She was a member of the Randolph United Presbyterian Church, where she was a deacon, and active in the Women's Association and choir and The Vikings Club in Jamestown. She was a former member of the 4-H, Cassadaga Baptist Church Choir, Dunkirk and Fredonia Community Chorus and New York State Federation of Home Bureaus from 1975 to 2004, having served as chairman for Chautauqua County and active on the scholarship committee at the state level.
She is survived by her husband, Richard N. Anderson, whom she married March 10, 1973, in Jamestown; a daughter, Tracie Carlson and husband Darrin of Kennedy; two grandchildren: Garret Richard Carlson and Anna Eileen Carlson of Kennedy; a brother, Wayne Swanson and wife Joann of Jamestown; and two sisters: Ruth Swanson of Stockton and Margaret Myers and husband Jim of Rochester, N.Y. She was preceded in death by her parents.
The family will receive family and friends from 4-7 p.m. Friday in the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 9, 2013) in the Randolph United Presbyterian Church with pastor Leslie Latham officiating. Memorials may be sent to the Randolph United Presbyterian Church Choir, Falconer or Kennedy Library Systems.
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