Karen J. Whedon

Karen Jane Whedon Obituary (1956 – 2017)

Karen passed away peacefully at home Saturday July 15, surrounded by family.  Born at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Karen was an Air Force baby.  She weighed five pounds and the hospital bill for her delivery was just $10.95.  In her sixty-one years she lived in Denver, Winnetka Illinois, Syracuse NY, Parkersburg WV, Alexandria Va., and Cincinnati Ohio.  Karen was a Dennison University graduate, achieving a double major of French and Art History.  Very artistic and a gourmet cook (her culinary training was in Europe while a college student).   Karen moved to Washington DC upon graduation from college and established herself as an invaluable coworker.  She ended her professional career with a 28-year record of excellence at Neighborworks America.  At Neighborworks Karen established many wonderful friendships with coworkers and clients all over the country.  Her Neighborworks family was very special to her. Karen gave many hours as a volunteer.   She served the Junior League in Washington and after moving to Cincinnati with Neighborworks she extended her efforts at the Cincinnati Art Museum where she led as chair of visitor service aides from 2010-2011. With all of Karen's family, her many friends, and her professional and volunteer families Karen was known for her thoughtfulness, for her wisdom, love of fun and for her enthusiasm.  Whether sending a birthday card, a small note of encouragement, or a gift she touched many, many people.  Beyond her signature purple boas, her high heels and her great love of the Hollywood's golden age and classic cinema, Karen was best known for her love of her fellow man.  She leaves a tremendous legacy of kindness and selflessness. Karen is survived by her parents Peter and Marilyn of Kenwood, brother John and nieces Lucy and Lila Jane of Clifton.  She is predeceased by brother, Phillip Gregory Whedon. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 25th from 4-7PM at Thomas-Justin Memorial, 7500 Montgomery Rd. (45236) Kenwood. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 26th at 10AM at Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian, 8000 Miami Rd. (45243) Maderia. Interment to be at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum in Dayton Ohio.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that any donations be made to Cincinnati SPCA https://www.spcacincinnati.org/donate/ or to the Cincinnati Art Museum http:/www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/give-join/.