Karen L. Roy
MARQUETTE, MI – Karen Louise Roy, 69, of Marquette, died Saturday evening, June 8, 2019, at her home following an illness.
She was born June 6, 1950, in San Pedro, California, a daughter of the late Edward and Rose (Michaels) Karna. Karen moved to the UP with her family in her youth following the death of her father. She was a 1968 graduate of Marquette Senior High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from NMU in 1972.
Karen worked for 17 years as a teacher at St. Christopher Catholic Preschool until her retirement. She also had worked as an iron worker for a short time.
She was a longtime member of the Choral Society and served as their president for 17 years. She was also a member of the American Legion Post 44 Auxiliary, the Miata Club and served as secretary for the American Legion 4th of July Corporation.
As a child, she was a member of the Girl Scouts and was the “Cookie Queen” one year.
Her interests included traveling and was an avid Beatles fan in which she made trips to England to visit places significant in the Beatles members history. She was proud of her Lebanese heritage and enjoyed cooking much of their cuisine. The last few years having coffee with girlfriends brought her great joy.
Karen is survived by her husband, Tom Roy, whom she married on May 10, 1975, in Marquette; uncle, Dale Frei of Kingsford, MI; cousins, Bishop Anthony Michaels of Ohio, Judith Michaels of Green Bay, WI, Craig and Vickie Michaels of Apple Valley, MN and Joanne Michaels of Ironwood, MI; sister’s and brother’s-in-law, Carol (Paul) Beaudry, Gary (Sherry) Roy and Jan Roy, all of Marquette; best friend, Judy Valente of Marquette; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Michael Karna; and brother-in-law, Norman Roy.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, from 10 to 11 am in the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11 am in the funeral home with Bishop Anthony Michaels, Bishop of Toledo & Midwest Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America officiating.
A luncheon will follow the service in the funeral home. Interment will take place in Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to the family.
Memories of Karen may be shared at canalefuneral.com