Karen H. Matteo, 69, of Ballston Lake and Savannah, Georgia went to her well-deserved rest after a long and courageous fight with several ailments on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Born in Utica, NY on May 17, 1945, she was the daughter of Benigno and Charlotte Hoz. She was a graduate of Herkimer High School and received a Master’s Degree from SUNY Albany. Karen was a distinguished teacher and shaper of young minds. She taught for Shenendehowa Central School District until her retirement in 2002.
Karen loved her second home in Savannah, Georgia where she volunteered as a docent at the Isaiah Davenport House. She was also a member of the Historic Savannah Foundation and the Downtown Neighborhood Association. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed antiquing and gardening. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family especially her beloved grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, nana and friend.
She was predeceased by her father Benigno Hoz. Karen is survived by her husband Richard; children Amy Alvarez (Rafael) of Clifton Park and James Matteo of Clinton; grandchildren Jeffrey Alvarez, Christopher Alvarez, Ella Matteo, Jack Matteo and Chloe Matteo; mother Charlotte Hoz of Ballston Spa; sister Linda Canastar (Kenneth) of Lake George, sister in law Marlene LiBritz (Joseph) of New Hartford; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Funeral services will be held 9am Wednesday, September 24 at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, Round Lake where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Jonesville Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.
Memorial contributions in memory of Karen may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.