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Karen Y Corsi

Karen Y Corsi, “The Cookie Lady”, from Fredonia, formerly Dunkirk, died at home on Friday morning (12 August 2022), surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on November 15, 1942 in Silver Creek, NY to the late Samuel Centanni and Mattea (Matilda) Catalano.

Karen grew up in Dunkirk, NY and graduated from Dunkirk High School in 1960. Karen was incredibly proud to be a Dunkirk Marauder. In the years following her graduation, she played a huge role in planning every future reunion with and for her classmates. Everyone knew they would have a great time planning theirs. She would always tell people she was called “Most Talkative” in the senior superlatives and that title suited her perfectly.

Karen was very grateful to be able to stay at home and raise her two daughters. She always jokingly told people that her career was a happy housewife and a loving mother and wife. When her children were grown, she decided to get her real estate license and, together with her husband, sold real estate for almost 20 years.

Karen has been a parishioner of Holy Trinity Church her entire life. She never missed Saturday Mass and could always be seen sitting in her self-proclaimed pew. She was always praying and thanking God for giving her such a beautiful and happy life.

She was very keen to mail cards, newspaper clippings, words of encouragement, and more to her friends. She always wanted to make sure others knew she was thinking of them and cared deeply about them. However, she was best known for her baked goods and proudly bore the title “The Cookie Lady”. Her banana bread, coffee cake and cookies were all her biggest hits with others. She absolutely loved her home and would always tell people that you never have to call, you can just drop in and she will have hot coffee and treats for you. She really wanted people to know how much she enjoyed her company and heard about her life in that moment.

Karen had a particularly strong love and devotion to her grandchildren, Max William (her husband #1) and Lucie Rae (her tootie baby). Max, the older of the two, spent his entire teenage years with his grandma and they had a very strong and special bond. Max never missed a day at her house and she taught him how to cook and bake so he can keep her legacy. She always made sure Lucie Rae had her special times with Grandma too and they had so much fun shopping, playing and baking together.

Karen wants everyone to remember her favorite saying “If you can be anything, be kind.” She lived her whole life kindly, lovingly and genuinely with everyone she met. She never had a negative word to say about anyone or anything, and she was always positive and upbeat.

The survivors include two daughters: Melissa Rae (Roger) Herdzik of Dunkirk and Molly Sue (Darin) Katta of Fredonia; two grandchildren: Max William Corsi and Lucie Rae Katta; a step-grandson, Scott Herdzik; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents and loving husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, David Clarke; and a grandson, Matthew William Herdzik.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be celebrated at 10am on Friday at Holy Trinity Church. Office hours are Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.

Memorials may be placed at the Dunkirk Public Library.

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