Karen Long Karen Long

First post: Jun 14, 2021 Latest post: Sep 10, 2021
Karen Hennelly Long succumbed to lung cancer on September 3, aged 79, in the comfort of her home in Sarasota, FL, surrounded by her six adult children and loving husband of 57 years. She was born to Dr. John E. Hennelly and Florence Bigalte Hennelly on April 23, 1942 in St. Louis, MO,  while her father was overseas, serving in the US Army during WWII.

She met the love of her life, J. Robert “Bob” Long, on a fateful blind waterskiing date while in college, and married soon after, each knowing they had met each other's soulmate. Her optimism, loving heart, faith and zany sense of humor built the foundation of her flourishing family, as she selflessly supported her husband Bob in every way possible, both in his career endeavors, and at home, working on the day-to-day raising of their six kids.

Always the center and joy of every social gathering, Karen touched the hearts of everyone, old and young, who came to know her. She was a second mom to so many, and a friend to all, connecting with kindness and her irrepressible sense of humor.
She is survived by her husband (Bob), six children (John, Patrick, Michelle, Michael, Kevin, Stephen), brother (William “Bill” Hennelly, 12 Grandchildren, cousins, nieces and a nephew. 

Visitation for all Relatives & Friends, Thursday, 9/9/21: 5-7pm
Toale Brothers Funeral Home
40 N Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
(This will be open casket)

Funeral Mass for all Relatives & Friends, Friday, 9/10/21: 1PM
Incarnation Catholic Church
2901 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34239
(Closed Casket)

Reception for Relatives only, Friday, 9/10/21: Immediately following Funeral Mass
Bob & Karen Long's Home
1304 N Lake Shore Dr., Sarasota, FL 34231

Reception for Friends & Relatives, Saturday, 9/11/21: Time: 3PM to 6PM
Bob & Karen Long's Home
1304 N Lake Shore Dr., Sarasota, FL 34231

Also, mom had requested no flowers/gifts but if still desired to give something in her memory, then instead please donate to either of the following entities:
Incarnation Catholic School

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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