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Obituary: Karen Gibson Stokdyk, 1951-2020

Burlington resident worked at Gardener's Supply and valued lifelong friendships

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Karen Stokdyk
  • Karen Stokdyk

Karen Gibson Stokdyk, 68, passed peacefully on Friday, January 17, 2020, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, N.H., after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born March 5, 1951, in Riverside, Calif., she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Kathleen (Meuse) Gibson of Rochester, N.H.

Karen lived in the Burlington, Vt., area for the last 12 years, serving as customer contact center director in her most recent position at Gardener’s Supply Company. Prior to that, she managed sales and customer service for the FarmTek company in South Windsor, Conn. Karen began her career at Deluxe/New England Business Services (NEBS) in Groton, Mass., starting in IT before moving into sales and customer service.

In addition to her family, Karen especially valued her coworkers, making many lifelong friends over the years. Karen delighted in sharing a good laugh, telling (sometimes tall) tales, dancing, gardening, Christmas and Christmas music, as well as action, scary or mystery books and movies.

Karen Stokdyk
  • Karen Stokdyk

Members of her family include her husband of almost 23 years, Dale Stokdyk of Windham, N.H.; her sister, Kendra Burgess, and her husband, Peter, of Amesbury, Mass.; and her brother, Kenneth Gibson, and his wife, Heike, of Beverly, Mass.

In lieu of a memorial service, there will be a small gathering of just the immediate family to remember and celebrate Karen’s life.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made in Karen’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) at Assisting the family with arrangements is the Cremation Society of New Hampshire in Manchester. To view Karen's online tribute, send condolences to the family or for more information, visit

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