Karen Brandow and Charlie King
Karen Brandow and Charlie King

Pax Christi USA learned earlier this week of the passing of Karen Brandow. Karen and her partner Charlie King were musicians at several of Pax Christi USA’s events over the years, most notably at the School of the Americas Action and Vigil where they offered their talent for our Friday evening gathering for the first few years we hosted it. I didn’t know Karen well, but I recall her kindness and gentleness from the few times I worked with her, in addition to the beautiful and stirring music she and Charlie shared. We are so grateful for her life and her witness and how generously she shared of herself and her talents with our Pax Christi USA family. Her obituary is below.

~Johnny Zokovitch, Pax Christi USA Director of Communications

SHELBURNE FALLS – Karen Brandow, 60, passed away peacefully Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at home in Shelburne Falls.

She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1954 and spent most of her adult life in western Massachusetts and in Guatemala. She devoted her life to making this world a better place through her singing, counseling and Spanish interpreting.

Karen was a loving partner to Charlie King, a devoted daughter, and a loyal friend whose calm presence was appreciated by her community and supported by her Buddhist practice. She was grateful for all of the blessings and privileges of her life which she attempted to use to be of service to others…

Click here to read the rest of the obituary and sign the guest book.

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