Karen was an avid bowler for many years from her youth to adulthood. Her professional career spanned from 1988-2004. During those years she appeared on television, won many tournaments, state titles, and bowler of the year awards, as well as holding many house records. She met some lifelong friends throughout her bowling career. On May 25, 2018 Karen was inducted into the International Candlepin Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame for the class of 2018.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was a passion for Karen. She was named Vermont State Elk of the Year twice, in 2007 and 2016, and has held various positions of office at the state and local level. Again, making lifelong friendships along the way. Her Elks family held a special part of her heart. Most recently she was the state treasurer. She was a part of many committees such as Americanism Chairman. Also, she participated in many Elks National Foundation Grant committees such as Winterize Kids Program and worked diligently to get a new pool for the Silver Towers Camp in Ripton, VT, a camp for mentally and physically challenged people, the chief charitable project for the Elks. The 36’ x 36’ pool will be named in her honor as they break ground in the fall.
Karen also loved working on the Bellows Falls Alumni float each year. In 1978 she became Honorary Member of the Class of 1973. Her first year was the “Flintstones”…paper mâché and painting all the heads of the characters at Pickles and Sue Stacks house. Her last float being the Big Grey Elephant, created in honor of ceasing use of elephants in the circuses, appropriately named “The Greatest Show on Earth”.
Karen was predeceased by her parents Robert H. and Jeanne E. (Porter) McCormick.
She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Morris O. (Rocky) Putnam Jr. of Charlestown, NH, her son Ethan Langdon of Wilder VT, brother Gary and his wife Faye McCormick of North Walpole, NH and sister Pam and her husband Andy Patnode of Charlestown, NH, nieces Karli and Hannah McCormick, and nephews, Robert McCormick, Ryan Patnode, and Justin Patnode, plus her Aunt Marcia and many cousins from Vermont to California.
Per Karen’s wish there are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, at St. Peter’s Parish in North Walpole, NH. A reception will follow at Trapshire, 1434 Bellows Falls Road, Charlestown, NH 03603. A private burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Silver Towers Camp Pool Fund, please mail checks to Silver Towers Camp Pool Fund, C/O Brian Gaura Secretary, Vermont Elks Assoc., 241 Lincoln Ave. Rutland, VT 05701.
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