Karen passed away at home in her apartment due to complications from multiple myeloma, which she was diagnosed with in March of 2009. She is survived by her daughter Zoë Lemieux (of Karen Jassy and Zoë) and her two sisters, Sharon Armstrong of Bremerton, WA, and Kristine Lemieux of Kirkland, WA, as well as her stepmother, Mickey Lemieux, and stepbrother and sister, Bud and Cathy, of the greater Seattle area.
She was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Her family moved to Portland, Oregon, and then to Bellevue, Washington. She attended Holy Names Academy on Capitol Hill in Seattle and Bellevue High School. She then worked as a dental assistant and went on to study at the Colorado Women's College and Kansas State University where she studied psychology. From there, she traveled to Boston, MA, and taught developmentally delayed youth at the Kennedy Shriver Center.
She lived in Moses Lake, WA, for a while and then decided to become a carpenter. She was a member of the Seattle Carpenters Union and loved being a carpenter. She did this work for about 13 years until an injury required her to retire. She helped build the West Seattle Bridge, Jackson Street Bus Tunnel, Renton Sewer System, ATT in Bellevue, to name a few. Prior to finding out that she had cancer, she worked for about a decade at the Wild Rose Tavern doing maintenance. At the time of her death, she was enrolled in a correspondence course in electronics.
She was a devoted parent who loved her friends, animals, nature, bike and motorcycle riding, learning about things spiritual, and tinkering at fixing things. She was a complex and interesting person who is dear to our hearts.
There will be a mass in her honor at noon on Saturday, January 29 at the Immaculate Conception Church on 18th and Spring in the Central District. Following mass, there will be a memorial in the church hall. Please feel free to join us as we move through this transition by celebrating her life.
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