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Karen J. (Smith) Spillane

August 30, 1965 — September 4, 2020

Karen J. Smith (Spillane) of Waterloo, passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, at home on September 4th, 2020, with her family at her side.

Karen was born on August 30, 1965 in Auburn, NY. She graduated from Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls, NY in 1984 and Cayuga County Community College in 1988.
She was most recently employed at the Ontario ARC as a Job Skills Coach, where her bond with her participants was an added joy in her life. She was also employed by the Seneca ARC, Sketchers in Junius, and the Red Barn in Seneca Falls.

Karen never met a doggie she didn't love. Often referring to herself as "Lady" to her four-legged friends. She would be a magnet, drawing all of them in for a hug, kiss, or treat. Her dog, "Kermit" of six years was loved most of all and was always by her side, including when she passed. Her annual trips to Alexandria Bay with the "A-Bay Girls", (Mary, Deb, and Carol), were a cherished escape from the rest of the world. Able to make anyone laugh, she was quick with "one-liners" or a joke to alleviate the reality of the current situation. She was a proud member of the North Seneca Sportsmen's Club and enjoyed gathering with her "Club" family for a fundraiser, celebration, or some good food.

She loved the New York Mets, New York Giants and Tim McGraw concerts.

Survived by one son, Shawn Spillane, of Liverpool, NY; 3 brothers, James (Elizabeth) Smith of Goodlettsville, TN, Michael of Waterloo, NY, and Leonard (Crystal) of Jeffersonville, IN; 2 sisters, Kim (Tony) Jackson of Warner Robbins, GA, and Lisa Russell of Waterloo, NY; 1 Uncle, Joseph R. Thomas of Waterloo, NY, along with several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was predeceased by her mother, B. Diane Russell of Waterloo, NY and brother, Daniel Smith of Waterloo, NY.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 17th at 12 Noon at St. Mary's Cemetery in Waterloo, NY, with a celebration of Karen's life to follow at 1PM at the North Seneca Sportsmen's Club, 334 NY-318 in Phelps, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Beverly Animal Shelter in Waterloo, NY in her name.

Service Details.

Celebration of Life Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 1:00pm
When: Saturday, October 17th, 2020 1:00pm
Location: St. Mary's Cemetery
Address: Not Available Waterloo, NY 13165


Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 12:00pm
When: Saturday, October 17th, 2020 12:00pm
Location: St. Mary's Cemetery
Address: 91 West Wright Ave Waterloo, NY 13165

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