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Karen Stein

Karen Stein, age 56, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2024, due to complications related to early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Karen was born in Englewood NJ to the late Charles and Maryanne Sheeler. She is survived by her husband, Mike, son Matthew, and siblings Lisa, Lynda, Kristin, and David.

Karen was a truly remarkable person who willingly shared her warmth, kindness, generosity, and smile with everyone she encountered. Her presence filled any room she entered, and her laugh was the spark that ignited any party. As a wife, mother, and sibling, she was loving, supportive, and the most amazing role model Matthew could have ever had, the most beautiful and loving wife, and dedicated sibling.

While condolences are welcome, a more appropriate expression of support for our family would be to express thanks and gratitude towards the doctors, nurses and health care professionals who selflessly dedicate their time energy, compassion and in many cases deep love for their patients and families. The care and support that we received from so many professionals was truly remarkable and we will be forever grateful for them. Please thank anyone you encounter in the health care field and express your gratitude towards them for showing up every day, demonstrating amazing love and compassion both as a responsibility but more importantly as an honor, privilege, and deep respect for others.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Wilmington Country Club on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 12:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution HFC to in Karen’s name.



Funeral Services

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Wilmington Country Club, 4825 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807, on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 12:00pm.


    Miriam and Paul Scherer writes,
    Michael and family, We were truly sorry to hear of Karen's passing especially at such a young age, and especially such a vibrant person. We wish you strength of love and family through this most difficult time. Love, Paul and Miriam
    04/13/2024 10:56 am
    Francie Forrest writes,
    So sorry Mike and Matthew.This shouldn’t be at 56. I know Michael you did above and beyond for Karen. It didn’t go unnoticed.
    04/13/2024 01:13 pm
    Debbie B. lit a candle and writes,
    Condolences and prayers. What a difficult hand Karen was dealt, and the whole family. Thinking of you in this time.
    04/13/2024 01:48 pm
    Karen A. Bennett lit a candle and writes,
    Sending love & strength to the entire family❤️🙏
    04/13/2024 01:51 pm
    Wendy Saginor writes,
    Dear Barbara. We are so very sorry to hear about Karen. Our hearts are breaking for you, Michael, Matthew and the whole family. We also know what a difficult journey you have all had. Sending our love and sincere condolences. Wendy and Kip
    04/13/2024 02:48 pm
    Sally & Fran Forrest writes,
    Mike and Matthew, so very sorry to hear of Karen's passing. Always enjoyed talking with you all at Sanford events over the years; her love for ❤️her family was always shining, along with her smile and kindness. We are thinking of you and your family at this sad time.
    04/13/2024 07:22 pm
    Bob Hewitt writes,
    Mike and family - I am so sorry to hear this. There is a light in the tunnel. Be Blessed.
    04/14/2024 04:24 pm
    Lucinda Booker lit a candle and writes,
    My deepest condolences. Sending love and prayers. 🙏❤️
    04/15/2024 09:37 am
    Lee B. Wilson writes,
    Scott, Ollie & I will always treasure our serendipitous visits with Karen (and Cody, of course!) as gifts of grace, cheer and brightness. We’re so very sorry for your heartbreak.
    04/15/2024 11:23 am
    chuck mancino lit a candle and writes,
    My thoughts and prayers to Karen, may she rest in peace. My sincere condolences to the family.
    04/15/2024 01:20 pm
    Danielle & Kevin Sullivan writes,
    Karen was a lovely person, a wonderful wife, mother and friend. She was well-regarded by co-workers in her successful career. So glad Karen and Mike found each other and Mike could be so strong to support her in her final years. We know that Matthew will hold memories of his Mom close to his heart.
    04/15/2024 03:45 pm
    The Watson Family-Regina, Nai-te, Nai-te Jr & Nyle lit a candle and writes,
    Mike & Matthew - We are so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    04/16/2024 07:25 pm

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