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Obituary: Karen Franco Juknis, 1951-2020

Barre-born woman grew up to teach at her hometown middle school

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Karen Franco Juknis
  • Karen Franco Juknis

Karen Franco Juknis, formerly of Barre, Vt., passed away Thursday, January 23, 2020, surrounded by family following a sudden stroke.

Karen was born in Barre on April 29, 1951, to the late Helen Morrie Franco and the late John Lewis Franco Sr.

Surviving her are her husband of 44 years, James Juknis; daughters Jennifer Juknis Kretz and her husband, Evan, of Nassau, N.Y., and Kristin Juknis of Barre; brother John L. Franco Jr. and his wife, Kathi Franco, of Burlington; and aunt Carole Cacioppi of South Burlington.

Karen attended the Barre Town School system, including Trow Hill School and Lower Websterville School, where she met her dearest friends, Debbie Gable and Linda Marineau. She later graduated from Spaulding High School in June of 1969 and from the University of Vermont in 1974. She taught for many years at the Barre Town Middle School, until 2011, at which time she and Jim opted for retirement in warmer climes in western North Carolina, outside of Asheville.

Following a brief remembrance for her friends in North Carolina, Karen will come home to her beloved Vermont. A gathering of friends will be held at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre VT on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Karen’s wishes were to make a contribution to a women’s support group of your choice.

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