Karen Ruth Quick

April 5, 2023


Karen Ruth Quick, 47, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 5th, 2023 after a brief illness. Karen was born in Ogdensburg, NY on December 10th, 1975, the daughter of Nancy Elizabeth Mudge Quick. She graduated from Cazenovia Central High School in 1993, and graduated from The College of Saint Rose with a degree in hospitality services. Her son John William VanHoesen was born in 2007. 

Karen was an avid reader, and had a love of Agatha Christie mysteries and all things Jane Austen, particularly Pride and Prejudice. She was a book blogger, running a site called The Well-Read Pirate Queen, and her particular delight was when her favorite authors commented on her reviews and social media posts. Karen also loved Dr. Who, Viking mythology, British television series, genealogy and exciting discoveries in family history, cool planners/bullet journals, and bento box meals. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she was skilled at needlework. Karen worked in the hospitality industry for many years, almost always working the night shift, where she could manage extra pages of reading during her down time. 

Karen is survived by her son John, by a large family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and more, and by many friends from across the seasons of her life and her various interest groups who were dear to her. 

A May memorial service will be planned at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an organization Karen was seeking to support through a read-a-thon fundraiser. 

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