Karen Franco Juknis BARRE — Karen Franco Juknis of North Carolina, formerly of Barre, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, surrounded by family, following a sudden stroke. Born on April 29, 1951, in Barre, she was the daughter of Helen (Morrie) and John Lewis Franco Sr. 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 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. Survivors include her husband of 44 years, James Juknis; daughters Jennifer Juknis Kretz and husband Evan of Nassau, New York, and Kristin Juknis of Barre; brother John L. Franco Jr. and wife Kathi of Burlington; and Aunt Carole Cacioppi of South Burlington. She was predeceased by her parents. Following a brief remembrance for her friends in North Carolina, Karen will come home to her beloved Vermont. A gathering of friends and family will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre. For a memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com. In lieu of flowers, per Karen’s wishes, memorial contributions may be made to a women’s support group of your choice.