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Karen Grano

Karen Joyce Grano

Sunday, March 27th, 1955 - Thursday, February 20th, 2020
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Obituary

Karen Joyce Grano, 64, of Manassas, VA passed away peacefully at Capital Caring Adler Center in Aldie, VA on February 20th, 2020.

She is survived by her beloved son Brandon Blatnick, her former spouse Steven Blatnick, her brother John Grano and his wife Cynthia, her nephews Jordan, Evin and Aidan Grano, and five grand nephews and nieces Arianna, Ryder, Griffin, Isabella and Treker Grano.

Karen was an artist and leaves the family with many paintings as heirlooms. After graduating from the University of Hartford with a BFA, she earned her master’s degree in Art Therapy from Hahnemann Medical College at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She spent three decades helping families and children in crisis with art therapy and counseling, including drug rehabilitation and family programs, in the Philadelphia and south New Jersey area.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Karen was a warm engaging person who stayed connected with her extended family, including her many beloved cousins. She was a model parent along with Steve. She loved art history and was able to enjoy a trip to Italy and other Mediterranean countries with her son last fall despite her declining health. Karen resided in Glassboro, NJ for 20 years. She then lived 13 years in Virginia, the last 11 in Manassas where she had become active in state and local politics.

She had an engaging sense of humor, a wonderful warm laugh and was an excellent cook. She had a keen knowledge of film, and had been working on the manuscript of her first novel. She was a Philadelphia sports fan and fought to live every moment to the fullest, right to the end.

She will be deeply missed.

Donations can be made, in lieu of flowers, to Breast Cancer Research Foundation, www.bcrf.org/

Visitation and funeral services will be held at Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center 10001 Nokesville Rd. Manassas, VA on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 11:30 AM.

Interment will be at the Manassas City Cemetery.

Please sign the guest book at www.bakerpostfh.com.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 | 11:30am - 12:30pm
    When
    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Location
    Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center
    Address
    10001 Nokesville Road
    MANASSAS, VA 20110
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  • Service

    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 | 12:30pm
    When
    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 12:30pm
    Location
    Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center
    Address
    10001 Nokesville Road
    MANASSAS, VA 20110
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Manassas City Cemetery
    Manassas, VA

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Garnett,Tyler,Sharon,Morgan,Rak,KatRaj, Alex,JimAa

Posted at 03:20pm
Dear Brandon, Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Our warmest condolences. Your mom was beautiful & she will be missed. From your team, Psyclones
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francesbarken@gmail.com

Posted at 07:16pm
Dear friend, always an encouraging word, a funny and wise woman with a heart filled with love. Rest In Peace grl.💙

Mark Pascale

Posted at 06:36pm
To Karen Grano's Family: I was so sad to learn the news of Karen's death. I will always remember her as a vibrant, wonderful person. We taught arts and crafts together at Buff Ledge Camp in Vermont, and we also were dedicated to the art room at East Haven High School. Facebook put us back in touch, but we hadn't seen each other since the 1970s. I am so sorry for your loss, which is shared by all the people she cared for and about.

Sincerely, Mark Pascale
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The DelRegino Family

Posted at 03:35pm
Our family will always remember Summers down the shore with Karen and Brandon enjoying crab night.
Karen was such a loving person and it was always wonderful to be around her.
May you Rest in Peace Karen.
The DelRegino Family
 
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Eric Stafford Posted at 07:57am

Steve: Thinking of you and Brandon. I’m so sorry for your loss. Eric Stafford
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