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.

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My condolences to the family. Spent some time with JL her brother in the early years. I have been a long time school board member and praise the family and Karen for being educators and being the caretakers of our children. Gone too soon but lasting footprints left behind


I didn't know Karen, but I had Jim as a teacher in 8th grade. Sending my sincere condolences on your loss Jim. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Pam Cronin

To Karen's family: I've known Karen since 5th grade. She was witty, loyal, fun and smart. You were blessed to have her in your lives. Together we petitioned for female pages at the state house long before any one did. We used to ice skate in the flooded area across from the Trow Hill school until our lips were blue. We could talk about anything. It has been many years since I have lived in Vermont so we could no longer be as close as we were. In 2007 she attended the funeral of my father and my sister and that was the last time I saw her. I am truly sorry for your loss and I now know that I need to keep my dear friends closer.

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