Karen Ann (Nans) Petito of Dobbs Ferry passed away on Saturday, July 3, at age 68, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Karen was born on April 16, 1953 in Milwaukee, Wis. She moved to Manhattan after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and worked as a paralegal for a large patent law firm. 

In 1987, Karen, her husband, and their daughter moved to Dobbs Ferry, where she and her husband had a son. She later began working part-time as a kindergarten aide at Springhurst Elementary School and then became a full-time teaching assistant. Karen was part of Springhurst for almost 20 years and was devoted to the students. She never hesitated to help others, including guiding several of her co-workers through the state certification requirement of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Karen loved Paul McCartney and the Beatles, as well old movies, especially those with Cary Grant. She had an amazing sense of humor, loved to laugh, and enjoyed comedies of all kind. Karen was an avid sports fan who rooted for the New York Yankees and New York Giants, but still loved the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. One of her proudest accomplishments was completing the London Marathon on May 13, 1984. 

Karen is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Joe; her devoted children Anne (Alex) and Thomas (Brianna); and grandchildren June and Paul. Karen is also survived by her brother/sister in-laws Pauline, Joe, Michael, and Linda; numerous nieces and nephews; and so many wonderful friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Chester and Evelyn. 

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, July 17, noon-4 p.m., at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, 64 Ashford Ave., Dobbs Ferry.

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