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KAREN A. SANSON

Westlake, Ohio

July 15, 1947 - July 8, 2024

KAREN A. SANSON Obituary

Karen A. Sanson (nee Booms), Age 76. Beloved wife of Jeffrey A. Dear sister of Brian Booms (Alicia), Richard Adams, Jeff (deceased) Mick Adams (deceased) (Pamela), and Debbie “Swan” Bender. Passed away July 8, 2024. Funeral Mass St. Bernadette Church 2256 Clague Rd. Tuesday, July 16 at 10:00 A.M. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Avon. Friends may call in the MCGORRAY-HANNA FUNERAL HOME OF WESTLAKE 25620 CENTER RIDGE RD. (WEST OF COLUMBIA) MONDAY FROM 2-5 PM. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration 4108 Euclid Ave Cleveland, OH 44103


Karen was self-made, highly organized, independent, detailed, hard working and successful. According to Jeff, marrying her was the easiest decision he ever made.


Karen’s life as a child wasn’t easy. But she always spoke lovingly of her grandparents who helped raise her. Her parents moved their family frequently, but during her senior year of high school in Dayton, Karen refused to move again. Instead, she moved in with a classmate and worked jobs after school to pay room and board. She also worked all through college to put herself through Dayton University. After graduating from college, Karen piled up her few belongings and headed for what she thought would be Arizona.


Instead of Arizona, she landed a job in Oakland, California with the Clorox Company. Karen was the first woman they ever hired in marketing! She worked on teams introducing newly acquired companies and their labels. She took great pride in that. She formed great relationships with many of her coworkers.


Karen was incredibly organized and capable. She supervised Clorox’s participation in the National Brokers Association annual convention. She kept everything, including her company’s 300 participants, organized and running smoothly. She could often be seen with her 3 ring binder. Later, Karen opened her own marketing company, maintaining Clorox as her primary account.


Karen moved back to Cleveland when she was in her fifties. She enjoyed a close relationship with her brother Brian. That’s when she also met Jeff and they got married. After marriage, they spent much time in Arizona, where Jeff owned a condo in Tucson and Karen owned a rental home in Scottsdale. The irony was that in 1990, thirteen years prior to their meeting, they had both purchased property in Arizona!


Karen loved Arizona. She and a friend started a women’s beginning golf league there. Karen was a very active volunteer at the nearby historic Tubac museum and presidio. She even ran their annual festival and fundraiser for several years.


Karen loved animals. She and a friend bought two wild burros at an Arizona Bureau of Land Management auction. Maggie, Karen’s burro, was always the star when friends and neighbors visited. Karen even had Maggie transported to Tubac for one of their festivals for children to sit on and get pictures taken.


The Catholic Church has been an integral part of Karen and Jeff’s lives. Karen loved hosting their priest friends for dinner. In Arizona, they were involved with the Italian Catholic Federation Club. Here in Cleveland, they were active members of the Serra Club, an international organization supporting priests and seminaries. The last several years Karen and Jeff recited the rosary together. As someone who had a good amount of jewelry, the only necklace she wore the last year while still at home was the Miraculous Medal of Mary.


Karen’s devotion to Jeff shined when she spent summer after summer taking care of him as he went through various operations and procedures. She spent many hours driving him or changing dressings or making sure he was comfortable.


Karen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2018. Three years later, Jeff did the most difficult thing he had ever done, and placed Karen in a memory care facility. Later, after a broken hip and two hip replacements, Karen became dependent on total care and lost the ability to communicate.


The most amazing thing was how beautiful Karen looked and how her smile brightened up the room. Her wonderful caregivers have become like family and enabled Karen not only to smile, but most importantly, kept her as healthy and comfortable as possible. Karen touched the lives of many people. And we remember her with much love and gratitude. “Eternal rest grant unto her, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her”


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of KAREN A. SANSON hosted by McGorray-Hanna Funeral Home.

Karen A. Sanson (nee Booms), Age 76. Beloved wife of Jeffrey A. Dear sister of Brian Booms (Alicia), Richard Adams, Jeff (deceased) Mick Adams (deceased) (Pamela), and Debbie “Swan” Bender. Passed away July 8, 2024. Funeral Mass St. Bernadette Church 2256 Clague Rd. Tuesday, July 16 at 10:00 A.M. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Avon. Friends may call in the MCGORRAY-HANNA FUNERAL HOME OF WESTLAKE 25620 CENTER RIDGE RD. (WEST OF COLUMBIA) MONDAY FROM 2-5 PM. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration 4108 Euclid Ave Cleveland, OH 44103


Karen was self-made, highly organized, independent, detailed, hard working and successful. According to Jeff, marrying her was the easiest decision he ever made.


Karen’s life as a child wasn’t easy. But she always spoke lovingly of her grandparents who helped raise her. Her parents moved their family frequently, but during her senior year of high school in Dayton, Karen refused to move again. Instead, she moved in with a classmate and worked jobs after school to pay room and board. She also worked all through college to put herself through Dayton University. After graduating from college, Karen piled up her few belongings and headed for what she thought would be Arizona.


Instead of Arizona, she landed a job in Oakland, California with the Clorox Company. Karen was the first woman they ever hired in marketing! She worked on teams introducing newly acquired companies and their labels. She took great pride in that. She formed great relationships with many of her coworkers.


Karen was incredibly organized and capable. She supervised Clorox’s participation in the National Brokers Association annual convention. She kept everything, including her company’s 300 participants, organized and running smoothly. She could often be seen with her 3 ring binder. Later, Karen opened her own marketing company, maintaining Clorox as her primary account.


Karen moved back to Cleveland when she was in her fifties. She enjoyed a close relationship with her brother Brian. That’s when she also met Jeff and they got married. After marriage, they spent much time in Arizona, where Jeff owned a condo in Tucson and Karen owned a rental home in Scottsdale. The irony was that in 1990, thirteen years prior to their meeting, they had both purchased property in Arizona!


Karen loved Arizona. She and a friend started a women’s beginning golf league there. Karen was a very active volunteer at the nearby historic Tubac museum and presidio. She even ran their annual festival and fundraiser for several years.


Karen loved animals. She and a friend bought two wild burros at an Arizona Bureau of Land Management auction. Maggie, Karen’s burro, was always the star when friends and neighbors visited. Karen even had Maggie transported to Tubac for one of their festivals for children to sit on and get pictures taken.


The Catholic Church has been an integral part of Karen and Jeff’s lives. Karen loved hosting their priest friends for dinner. In Arizona, they were involved with the Italian Catholic Federation Club. Here in Cleveland, they were active members of the Serra Club, an international organization supporting priests and seminaries. The last several years Karen and Jeff recited the rosary together. As someone who had a good amount of jewelry, the only necklace she wore the last year while still at home was the Miraculous Medal of Mary.


Karen’s devotion to Jeff shined when she spent summer after summer taking care of him as he went through various operations and procedures. She spent many hours driving him or changing dressings or making sure he was comfortable.


Karen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2018. Three years later, Jeff did the most difficult thing he had ever done, and placed Karen in a memory care facility. Later, after a broken hip and two hip replacements, Karen became dependent on total care and lost the ability to communicate.


The most amazing thing was how beautiful Karen looked and how her smile brightened up the room. Her wonderful caregivers have become like family and enabled Karen not only to smile, but most importantly, kept her as healthy and comfortable as possible. Karen touched the lives of many people. And we remember her with much love and gratitude. “Eternal rest grant unto her, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her”


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of KAREN A. SANSON hosted by McGorray-Hanna Funeral Home.

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