Karen R. Blanford

Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God believe also in me, in my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you. "I go to prepare a place for you." - John 14:1/2

Karen R. Blanford 53, of Binghamton departed on May 30, 2009 from Lourdes Hospital. She was predeceased by her father Andrew Stasko. She is survived by her husband Richard Blanford of Binghamton; mother Sophie Stasko of Johnson City; son Joseph Stasko of Port Crane, son and daughter-in-law John and Katie Hotchkiss of Port Crane, daughter Adriane Mae Hotchkiss and Charles Bateman of Whitney Point, Amy Fenton of Johnson City; stepsons Mickey and Amanda Blanford and their sons James and Noah, Stephen and Nichole Blanford and their son Evan, brother and sister-in-law Andrew and Katheleen Stasko of Johnson City; sister and brother-in-law Cindy and Eric Finch of Port Crane; 7 granddaughters Makaela, Kayelee, Leah, Sophie, Andie, Bobbie-Lynn and Emerson; brother-in-law Ronald and Julie, sister-in-law Ruth and their children and grandchildren, also several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles including her special Aunt Eva.

Karen spent several years working at ARC. She loved riding her motorcycle with her husband and was a member of the Cruisin' Buddies Car Club. While we are all saddened with the loss of our Karen Rose, we should find much comfort in the way she enriched and enlightened all of our lives. Karen left us with her love, compassion and zest for life. Most importantly she left us with her laughter. The warmth and brightness that encompassed "Granny Chick" will live on through her children and her children's children. We truly were touched by an angel.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday at 7pm at the Barber Memorial Home, Inc. 428 Main Street, Johnson City. The Reverend Dennis Ruda pastor of All Saints Polish National Catholic Church will officiate. The family will receive friends on Friday at 5pm until the time of service at the Barber Memorial Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the SAS Foundation for Cancer Research Inc., PO Box 602, Bible School Park, NY 13737. The family wishes to thank Dr. Harris and the staff of Broome Oncology as well as the staff at Ross 1 at Lourdes Hospital for their care and compassion.

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