Karen O’Brien services set

Karen O’Brien’s wake will be Monday, Oct. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, Mass.

The funeral will be Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, 44 Temple St., Worcester, Mass.

For those who want to send a card, Karen’s husband is Jim O’Brien and their sons are Patrick & Justin.

31 Aylesbury Road
Worcester, MA 01609

Jim has expressed gratitude for all the cards people have sent to Karen. It helps her family to know how much she was admired, respected and loved.


Karen O’Brien in hospice care


This from Susan Schoenberger and Theresa Sullivan Barger:

We are sad to share this news: Our best friend, former copy editor and reporter Karen O’Brien, was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in April, and after undergoing aggressive treatment, has recently switched to Hospice care. She is staying in a rehabilitation facility in Worcester, Mass. near her home.

Cards may be sent to Karen at:

Karen O’Brien
31 Aylesbury Road
Worcester, MA 01609

This from the Alumni Association: Karen was much beloved in the Courant newsroom while she worked there, known equally for her easy manner and her professional competence. We hope she and her family members live out her days in relative comfort.


Teutsch scholarship goes to two students

Gene Mazur, who serves as vice president of the Manchester Community College Foundation, reports that this semester’s Cliff Teutsch Journalism Scholarships were awarded to Kenneth Varghese and Thomas Manoj on May 26.

This was the fund set up in honor of Cliff’s life and his enormous influence he had at The Hartford Courant and journalism throughout the state. It would be nice if these two deserving young men become even half the journalist Cliff was.


Felson Telling His Story At The Twain House Friday

Former Courant reporter Leonard Felson, who has been writing and getting his personal essays published of late, ventures into new territory Friday, June 19.

He is part of the lineup of storytellers at The MOuTH, a Moth-like event at The Mark Twain House & Museum. It’s hosted by WNPR producer and photographer Chion Wolf.

The theme is “On Vacation! Stories About What Went Down When You Put Your Feet Up.

Tickets are $5 and the event begins at 7:30 p.m.

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