Karen Stanek

Karen Stanek

Monday, April 19th, 1948 Friday, March 8th, 2019

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Obituary for Karen Stanek (Ray)

SEYMOUR: Karen (Ray) Stanek, age 70 of Seymour, beloved wife of Fred Stanek, entered peaceful rest on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Yale New Haven Hospital. Born in Waterbury on April 19, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Marguerite (McElroy) Ray. Karen, a graduate of Seymour High School and Southern Connecticut State University, was an accomplished teacher at Seymour High School for 35 years, retiring in 2011. She loved teaching the subject of WWII and was an expert on President Theodore Roosevelt. She would often challenge her students with her own unique Jeopardy Game. A proud advisor to the Seymour HS Mock Trial Team through the 1980’s to the early 2000’s, she helped lead the team to the state championships in 1982 and 1983, winning both. She also served as the Seymour High School Student Council Advisor. Karen was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award at Seymour High School’s 2016 Graduation. She was also the recipient of the David A. Brumer Excellence in Education award. Karen believed strongly in the slogan “Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat!” She was elected or appointed to and served on many boards and commissions in Seymour such as the Board of Ethics, Board of Education, Seymour Parade Committee and Commission on Aging. Most recently she was a member on the Board of Selectmen. Karen was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Valley Community Foundation. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, football and loved 80’s music and music by the Rolling Stones, Def Leppard and Van Halen. But above all else, Karen cherished her family and grandchildren, who were the “jewels of her eye”. In addition to her husband of 35 years, Karen is survived by her loving children, Courtenay Fisher and her husband Ryan of Charleston, SC, David Stanek of Chicago and Patrick Stanek of Seymour; two adored grandchildren, Mason and Cady, as well as her brother, Norman Ray and his wife Ann of Seymour. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at 10 am DIRECTLY in the Church of the Assumption, 61 North Cliff St., Ansonia 06401. Interment will follow in Mt. Meadows Cemetery, Seymour. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, March 13 from 4pm to 7pm in the Ralph Hull Funeral Home, 161 West Church St., Seymour, CT 06483. Memorial donations in Karen’s name can be made to The Karen R. Stanek Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit graduating Seymour High School students, c/o The Valley Community Foundation, 253-A Elizabeth Street, Derby, CT 06418. Online donations may be made at

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Ralph E. Hull Funeral Home
    161 West Church Street
    Seymour, CT
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    Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Service

    Thursday, March 14th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Church of the Assumption
    61 North Cliff Street
    Ansonia, CT
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    Thursday, March 14th, 2019
    Rev. Gubbiotti
  • Interment

    Thursday, March 14th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Mountain Meadows Cemetery
    Mountain Road
    Seymour, CT
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    Thursday, March 14th, 2019

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Patricia Mete

Fred, we have just learned of Karen’s passing - We are so terribly sorry. Our deepest sympathies. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Pat Mete and Charlie Cash
Comment | Posted at 04:01pm via Condolence

Ken Egan

Fred, We are very sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Sue & Ken Egan
Comment | Posted at 11:55am via Condolence

Ellie Malloy

Patrick, Ed and I would like to send our deepest sympathy to you for the loss of your mom. We hope you find some comfort in the memories.
Thinking of you and your family.
Love, Ed and Ellie Malloy
Comment | Posted at 03:12pm via Condolence

Lynn Bruneau

Thinking of you, Fred and family during this very sad time. Karen was a woderful person who touched so many young lives as their teacher. Sending heartfelt condolences.
Lynn and Jeff Bruneau
Comment | Posted at 02:13pm via Condolence

Horbal Family

Sincere Condolences from Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Horbal, Jr., Mrs. Laura H. Rebolledo, and Mr. and Mrs. James Horbal
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