Karen Joan Leoniuk, nicknamed “Smiley” for her irresistible smile and sparkling green eyes, entered into eternal rest on July 26, 2021. Karen, known to her grandchildren as Oma, had a soft spot in her heart for animals, and cats and dogs seemed to magically appear on her doorstep. A lover of naps, which she used to revitalize her spirit so that she always had a witty reply to aide her dry sense of humor and was well known for being brutally honest.
Karen worked in computer programming but had many other talents. She loved crafty projects, including ceramics, painting, costume making and all sorts of puzzles. She had the biggest heart out of anyone most people will ever encounter and could always see the good in people, no matter the circumstances. Her generosity and the time she spent volunteering to help others was tremendous. In addition to the dozens of dogs and cats that she cared for throughout her life, she also raised sheep for several years and kept an astounding number of houseplants which all flourished under her care.
Karen Joan (Blasberg-Kronberg) Leoniuk, born October 19, 1955 in Teaneck, New Jersey, to parents Marie-Antoinette Quirk and Walter Blasberg, she was later adopted by Stephen Kronberg after he and Marie Married. She was predeceased by her mother’s family and a sister, Stephanie. She has a large family including 5 surviving sisters and two brothers with an additional sister for whom she was pre-deceased. Karen is survived by her husband, Perry M. Leoniuk, of 46 years, her son Brandon Leoniuk and his girlfriend Kaitlyn Gilgan, her daughter Stephanie Hance and husband Nathan Hance, and two grandchildren Syrna Leoniuk and Jasper Hance, as well as many siblings, cousins in-laws and friends.
A Celebration of Life is being held Saturday, July 31, 2021 at her daughter’s residence. In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to the Middletown Humane Society or another local animal shelter.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, Middletown, NY.
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