Karen P. Fitzgibbons

karen fitzgibbons

January 23, 2021

Karen (Pfeuffer) Fitzgibbons ,70 of Teaneck passed away peacefully on January 23, 2021 after a five month struggle with Colon Cancer. Born in Teaneck on January 6, 1951 Karen grew up in Cliffside Park. After graduating from Montclair State she began a career as a teacher for the Bergenfield Board of Education first at Roy Brown and later at Bergenfield High where she became known for leading field trips to interesting historical sites and cultural events. Upon her retirement from teaching, she turned her hobby of creating stained glass art into a full-time business, Karen Roberts-Stained Glass. She toured the East Coast exhibiting at craft shows and developed a following for her classic cats and whimsical Fairy Doors.

She is survived by Brian her husband of 46 years who she met while working part time at Sterns. Together they have traveled throughout the world singling out Hawaii as their favorite vacation destination but always happy to sample the Bergen County restaurant scene and what was happening at the Borgata in Atlantic City.

She leaves behind a group of her fellow traveling artisans as well as her niece Erin Carabello (Scott) and great nephews, Anthony and Thomas and the newly arrived great niece, Daniella. She is also survived by sister-in-law Nancy Fitzgibbons (Daniel) and Cousin Gary Mc Connell.

A life celebration has been planned for Tuesday July 27th 12:30 pm at Epiphany R.C. Church of Cliffside Park. Please join Brian for the memorial mass a simple reception will follow. For further information please call (201) 944-0100.


Memorial Mass: July 27, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Epiphany R.C Church
247 Knox Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010

Final Resting Place:

Brookside Cemetery
425 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ 07631

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  1. Dear Brian,

    My heart goes out to you and your family for having experienced such a loss of your treasured Karen. As with you, she gave so much of herself throughout her life to making the lives of others better – through her teaching and then with her art. May you feel consoled with each other's memories through the days and years ahead, remembering always that those souls dearest to us are always around us.

    With deepest sympathy and caring,


  2. Brian,

    Please accept my sincerest sympathies on the passing of your wife, Karen. May you be comforted by knowing your colleagues and friends are praying for your strength to get through this very tough time in your life.



  3. Brian, I am so sorry for your loss of Karen. We met many years ago at the St. Phillip's Craft Fair and I still have my orange butterflies. May your memories comfort you always. Praying for you and your family.
    Vicki Varsolona

  4. Dear Brian,
    Beth and I want to convey our condolences to you and your Family on the passing of your wife Karen.
    Sincerest regards,
    Dwight and Beth Threepersons

  5. Brian and Family,

    Its with deep sadness that we have learned of the passing of Karen. While words may only offer a brief interruption of the sadness you have, we hope that fond memories will bring you comfort during this difficult time.

    With our deepest sympathy,
    Dave/Sue and the entire Hollenbeck Family.

  6. Brian:
    My sincerest condolences on the passing of Karen. I, and the entire Felician University family, will keep both you and Karen in our thoughts and prayers.
    Stephanie & Jeff McGowan

  7. Brian,
    Karen glided through her very own fairy gate and heaven gained a beautiful Angel. She had Capricorn style and did things her own way! Karen had me from her first sarcastic joke right down to that awesome snake ring. She was a vibrant soul that loved you to bits. I will remember her fondly with her beautiful smile and inside jokes we shared at your retirement dinner. May you find comfort in fond memories too.
    My deepest condolences,
    Maryann Tiesler

  8. Brian – Carol and I want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find the strength to get through this difficult time.

  9. Dear Brian.
    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved wife Karen. My thought and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Margaret Papageorgiou

  10. A letter to Karen,
    As I reflect on our 55 year friendship I can’t help but thank you for the many wonderful times we shared, starting with our Cliffside Park high school days where we benefited from great teachers like Ms. Carlton (history) and Ms. Hazelton (English). They were perhaps the reason we both followed the path of public education. We, along with other friends, chose Montclair State as our college of choice. I cherish the fun times we shared while car pooling with Maryann. I do not think 3 people shared so many laughs on Rt. 80 for 4 years. Montclair’s motto is “carpe diem” seize the day, which we managed to succeed in doing during those years. I thank you for the formal sorority cotillions we attended in NYC which were elegant. I thank you for introducing me to your parents Bill & Betty and of course your dear husband Brian. Tony and I cherish the holiday events we shared at your lovely Tudor style home in Teaneck. Your passing is all too soon. I can only conclude by stating that our friendship has been so rich in memories that I would not trade them for anything in the world. Thank you for being a special friend.

  11. January 27, 2021
    My dear Brian,
    It is with a heart-felt emotion that I write my thoughts of Karen. I had heard of her from Bob who spoke about their high school and college days. Of course he also spoke of you as well. I was always curious as to why Bob had not kept in touch with his friends from New Jersey. I mentioned this to him during several trips to visit his family in New Jersey early in our relationship. Then, Karen took steps to reconnect with Bob. I have always felt very appreciative that she did that as it kindled a friendship that has now lasted for decades. During our early visits, as I got to know you both, it was exciting for this southern boy to spend time with you in your beautiful home coming to understand the culture of northern New Jersey. Not only did I come to see the friendship that already existed between Bob and yourselves, but also I began to feel a bond of friendship developing in my own right. With fondness I recall so many evenings of laughter and good times enjoying drinks, great food and pleasant conversation. Truly, whenever we decided to travel up to Jersey we looked forward to our times together. There were also the times you came to Florida and I will not forget our trip to Boston as well. Karen was delightful! Her sense of humor, intelligence and her insights were always fresh and made for a great time. It was an honor to have been blessed with her friendship. Though we will always miss Karen, we anticipate being with you in the future. When time helps to heal the pain of separation, we will remember sweet Karen again with laughter.
    God bless you Brian. We are always here for you.

  12. Brian and Family

    We are so sorry for your loss.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Michael, Kevin & MTS Staff

  13. Dear Brian,

    We were so sorry to hear this news. You will remember Mark and me as Katya's friends and we spent several good times together with you and Karen. We always enjoyed your company and will think fondly of Karen, her talent and her sense of humor.

    Deep condolences,

    Anne & Mark Malone

  14. Dear Brian and Family,

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Karen was one of my favorite show friends. We did many shows together over many years and I always sought her out as she just filled the universe with wonderment, fun, good humor, and goodness. She was a light. She will be so sorely missed, Big hugs to you all.

  15. Dear Brian,
    I am saddened by the passing of my Social Studies colleague at Bergenfield High School. She was a wonderful creative teacher whose class students enjoyed. I always enjoyed her wicked sense of humor and her contagious laughter. When I think of Karen , it is of her laughing. Doug and I enjoyed the times we dined together. I was busy caring for Doug in his final days , so am posting this
    after his recent passing. It is a sorrowful time for both of us but our memories of our loved ones that will sustain us.
    Hilda MacLean

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