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Memorial Gathering

Accord Fire Company #1
Sunday July 14th, 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Karen Sue Rinaldi

Former Accord resident, Karen Edwards Rinaldi, 57, passed away on July 6 at her home in Hunter. At her request, no service will be held. Family, friends and neighbors will gather at the Accord Fire House Company 1 on Sunday, July 14 at 2:00 pm.


Karen was born January 4, 1962 in Ellenville, New York, to Shirley Miller Zeko, formerly of Accord, and Walter Edwards of Napanoch. Karen was preceded in death by her mother, step-father, Robert Zeko, step-mother, Mary Edwards, sister, Kimberly Moses, and grandson, Tyler Edwards. Her children, Randy Jones of Canajoharie, Matthew Edwards of Hunter, Andrew Roxby and Nichole Brown of Pennsylvania, and Courtney Palen of Kerhonkson, were able to spend time with her in her final weeks.


Karen leaves behind a large family who loved her, including her daughter-in-law Cindy, her cousin Kathy who cared for her in her final months, Karen’s life partner of thirteen years Toni Bayetis, and Toni’s son Jimmy. As well as brothers and sisters; Lisa Landon of North Carolina, William Farrell of Accord, Pamela Ogle of South Carolina, Shawn Farrell of Woodbourne, Christopher Zeko of Hunter, David Edwards of Napanoch, and Mikeal Edwards of Neversink, thirteen grandchildren and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.


Karen was a strong, passionate and determined woman who lived life on her terms. She spent much of her life providing care for others, from helping with her younger siblings in her early years to working as a home health aide to tending to her mother during her final months of life. For a short time she worked for Affordable Waste and being the computer wizard she was, she was able to help get them started with all the bookkeeping needs a business has. Later she enjoyed just being home doing crafts, cooking and cleaning, and tending to her garden. You might say Karen was a little obsessed with the cleaning and gardening being just right. Karen was a second mom to Jimmy and she shared her love of music with him. They could always be caught singing and dancing together. Those who knew Karen best know she loved a good time and will remember her sense of humor and generous spirit.


In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the scholarship fund created in memory of her nephew, Shawnie, who was KIA in Afghanistan on April 28, 2014: Shawn Michael Farrell II Scholarship Fund, 686 Watson Hollow Road, West Shokan, NY 12484.

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A candle was lit in memory of Karen Rinaldi

Lisa Taylor Jul 13 2019 12:00 AM

Karen.. I know we truly did not get along! But my prayers are for you to have peace and your family find comfort with eachother. I send prayers to all your family including Toni and Jimmy who where there with you the last 13 yrs. I know the hurt and the loss is real. Bless you all.. RIP Karen!

Cindy Arnott Jul 10 2019 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss Matt she was lucky to have you and Tony and everyone by her side till the end

Elizabeth Arnott Jul 10 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Karen Rinaldi

JoAnne Loudenslager Jul 9 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Sending condolences and prayers.

Kimberly Cox Jul 9 2019 12:00 AM

I feel so empty since we lost you. You trusted me with the last 5 month of your life. And I hope I did you proud.. My heart is breaking. Love you so much and watch over my 3 baby's.... Xoxo

Cindy lee Jul 9 2019 12:00 AM

My sweet Kare Bear.
I love you so much you gave me nearly 15 years of a beautiful friendsh that I will forever cherish.
I know you're telling me to stop crying and put my big girl undies on right now but now I've lost both my amazing ladies.

Thank you loving me, and giving me my nickname I'll forver adore and cherish.
You make sure you give your Mom the biggest hug from me.
I love you forever, miss you even greater and I'll forever be amazement of how incredibly strong and brave you are.
I love you Karen.

Love Always, your Milk. XoXo

Christine Krzeczkowski Jul 9 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Sending condolences and prayers to the family

Mr &Mrs. Dave Kennedy Jul 9 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Karen Rinaldi

Joan Rine Jul 8 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Karen, I hope that you are having a blast! Condolences to your Friends and Family.

Tris Smith Jul 8 2019 12:00 AM

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