Karen M. Parker (Kobylarz)


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Warren, Rhode Island - Karen M. ( Kobylarz) Parker of Warren, died Monday, August 19, 2019, at home.
Karen was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and lived in Mahwah, New Jersey, until the age of 22, when she moved with her family to Houlton, Maine. There she met her husband the Rev. Richard G. Parker, whom she married in 1980.
The couple served several United Methodist Churches, and were blessed to have all their appointments on the coast in: Ellsworth/Franklin and Friendship/Cushing, Maine, and in Rockport, Massachusetts. She played a myriad of roles in those Churches: Church Secretary, Sunday School Superintendent, Fair Chairperson, Worship and Supper Committee member and Stained Glass Designer/Consultant.
Karen received her B.A. in Art with a minor in Art History, and Certification to teach Art K-12, from the William Paterson College of New Jersey, graduating in 1975.
Her favorite jobs were always Art related: Teaching, Printing, Graphic Design, Calligraphy, and Architectural Stained Glass Design. She also created and sold her own art work over the years.
She was a volunteer Court Advocate for victims of domestic abuse in Newburyport, Mass., at the District Court.
She was the Genealogist for both the Polish and Italian sides of her large extended family and was proud of both nationalities.
Karen and Richard loved to travel and were thrilled to be able to visit Italy, Sicily, Malta, Greece, and Turkey.
She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Richard Parker of Warren, R.I.; her sweet step-daughter Juli Parker and son-in-law Jeff Gonsalves of Swansea, Mass.; a brother, Peter Kobylarz and his wife Lisa of Houlton, Maine.; a niece, Ashley Kobylarz of Bangor, Maine.; a niece, Nichole Kobylarz Quint; and a nephew, Justin Kobylarz, both of Houlton, Maine. Numerous dear cousins.
She is predeceased by her parents, Marion (DeRose) and Albert Kobylarz; and a brother Allen Kobylarz.
A Christian memorial service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019, at 11 a.m., in the Barrington United Methodist Church, 230 Washington Road, Barrington.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling hours are respectfully omitted.
Arrangements by the Smith Funeral and Memorial Services, Warren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hudner Oncology Center at Saint Anne's Hospital, 795 Middle Street, Fall River, MA 02721. www.wjsmithfh.com.
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Tracie Gabry Lee
Aug 23, 2019
I just found this great picture Karen shared last year....
Tracie Gabry Lee
Aug 23, 2019
Sending all my love to you, Dick and Juli. Karen was a special lady indeed, with a special charm and wit. I have so many wonderful memories during your time at RUMC and my visits to Newburyport. Please know that every Christmas when we decorate the church tree with our Chrismon ornaments, I will think of Karen with love, and remember the fun we had making them.
Mary Ellen Niemi
Aug 22, 2019
Love and prayers sent to you all at this difficult time. Karen was a wonderful person and shared so much wisdom with me during my Sunday School teaching years. Saturday afternoon lesson planning at the RUMC was so much fun when she was there. She will truly be missed.
Glenn & Vencie Anderson of Rockport, MA
Aug 21, 2019
We shall always hold loving memories of Karen (& Dick, too!) for her love, friendship & myriad of talents shared with all of us @ Rockport UMC. Our heartfelt condolences & comfort are extended to Dick, Juli and all in the Parker/Kobylarz family.