Karen (Anderson) Dilley of Southbury, CT passed away on December 28th at the age of 68. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Karen was devoted to her family and cherished all of the time she spent with them. Her three granddaughters were the light of her life, known to them as Grammy, she will always be remembered for the joy she brought to their lives. She is survived by and shared 48 wonderful years with her husband, Joseph Dilley, Jr. She shared a close relationship with and will be missed by her daughters and their families; Jacqueline Kepple, her husband Andrew and their children Gabrielle and Ashley of Franklin, MA, Candace Platt, her husband Benjamin and their daughter Hailey of Southbury.
She is also survived by her sister Jane (Anderson) Michaud and her husband Thomas of Watertown, her brother Keith Anderson of Waterbury, her mother-in-law Helen (Tuz) Dilley of Southbury, her sister-in-law and family; Geraldine (Dilley) Emmons, her husband Walter of Sebec, ME and their daughters Kelly VanBrocklin and Megan Dyer also of ME. She was predeceased by her parents Erwin and Janice (Phillips) Anderson, her sister Barbara (Anderson) Moscaritolo, and her father-in-law Joseph Dilley, Sr.
Karen was born and raised in Woodbury, CT and graduated from Woodbury High School in 1970. She moved to Southbury after they were married in 1972. She spent her career helping run Dilley Electric, their family business and was employed at Memorial Middle School for over 20 years where she worked as a clerk typist.
A devoted community volunteer, Karen will be remembered for her many years of volunteering in Regional School District 15. She was Volunteer of the Year at Gainfield Elementary School in 1989. She was a member and past president of the Southbury Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She most recently enjoyed being a docent at Bullet Hill School in Southbury, CT. A lifelong New England resident, Karen was a passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. She will be best remembered for her welcoming smile and her warmth and kindness, as she was someone who always put others' needs ahead of her own.
Karen’s family extends their gratitude to the staff of Waterbury Hospital, especially the ER, Telemetry, ICU and Pomerey 5 staff, for the care they provided while she was there.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 2nd at 11:30 a.m. at Pine Hill Cemetery in Southbury, CT. Friends and family who are comfortable doing so may pay respects to the family earlier that day between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at Munson Lovetere Funeral Home at 235 Main Street North, Southbury, CT.
Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to one of Karen’s favorite charities: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Shriners Hospitals for Children.
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