Karen Thornell passed away on March
2, 2012, after a very private battle with cancer. She is
survived by her husband of 48 years, Gerald Thornell, her son
John Thornell, wife Jennifer and their three children, daughter
Kellie, husband Dan Crete and their two children, and son,
Christopher Thornell, wife Stephanie and their five children.
Karen also leaves a sister, Kay Isaly Wrobel, of Young Harris,
Karen was born on January 14, 1943 in
Mansfield, Ohio. Her family later moved to Sarasota,
Florida. Strong and athletic in high school, she was a
high flyer in the Sailor Circus and in college at Florida State
University. Years later she would marry and settle
in Marion, MA, where she remained
until her death. She loved her small town. It was a safe
place to raise her children and she treasured the deep
friendships she had. Karen was a daily fixture in town. Checking
the mailÖ Stopping in at the General StoreÖ She always had a
friendly face and offered an open "hello" with a genuine concern
for the well being of others. If she promised to do
something for you, it was done and done right. She could
often be found mowing the lawn, raking, playing with her
grandchildren or helping a friend or neighbor with a project.
A significant and special place in her early
life was Lake George, New York. It remained a special place to
return to with friends and family. She was proud to call
herself a Red Sox fan, even making it to spring training games.
She also enjoyed watching all New England sports teams including
her grandsonís little league games.
Karen worked for many years at Jonathanís
Sprouts and also kept a small bookkeeping business, working with
many local organizations including the Sippican Tennis Club.
However, she made her most important job her children. It
was important to raise them with good values, encourage them to
be the best at whatever they did, develop a strong and honest
work ethic, have a respect for the environment and the history
of our county. She later showered her grandchildren with
those same lessons.
Those who knew Karen realize the profound
loss of this incredibly strong, thoughtful, caring and vibrant
person. They will also understand, at Karenís request, that
there will be no services. Instead, she would want you to
take the time to enjoy your life, visit friends, play with your
kids, go for a hike, or watch a sunset. In lieu of
flowers, the family encourages donations to be made in Karenís
name to Community Nurse and Hospice Care (PO Box 751, Fairhaven,
MA 02719) who provided Karen with wonderful care during her