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Karen Marie Sullivan

July 2, 1958 – April 7, 2024


Karen peacefully joined her parents in heaven after a lengthy battle with cancer. A native of San Francisco, she spent happy childhood years in Broadmoor Village, graduating from Westmoor High School in 1978. She spent the last few years in Tiburon riding her bike along Point Tiburon, relaxing with a glass of wine at Sam’s, and never missing a concert in Belvedere Park.


Karen truly was one of a kind: gentle, unconventional, and with a fiery zest for life. She found joy in many things, including helping to raise her niece and nephews, spending time near the water in Capitola and Sausalito, volunteering at UCSF Medical Center, and caring for her little white dog Chance, plus many canaries. From her bright red mini-van to her dance exhibitions on social media, Karen was joyful, playful, and a bit of a ham. She loved to garden and sit outside soaking up the sun. Her true love was the place that brought her the most solace — her boat. She said, “Heaven and earth meet on the water.”


Karen took pride in her Sicilian and Irish heritage. She is survived by her adoring brother, Kevin; niece, Jennifer; nephews Jonathon and Justin; great-nephews Frankie, Oliver and Leo; and great-niece, Carrie. She also leaves behind her good friend, Cristina, Godmother Pat, and many loving cousins. Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Tressa and Ralph; grandparents, aunts and uncles, and many extended family members.



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