Karen Elizabeth Arrieta

08/31/1945 - 12/08/2017

Karen E. (Osterbye) Arrieta
Age 72

After battling Alzheimer’s disease for over five years, Karen passed away peacefully while surrounded by the love of her family on Friday, December 8, 2017. 

Karen was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, then later dedicated 25 years to special education in Woodbridge Township, NJ. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, writing and collecting all things whales.

She is survived by her daughter Diane; son-in-law Christopher; grandson Theo; her siblings Mike, Mark and Maria; sister-in-law Norma; and nieces Janet, Michele and Dana. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Ethel; and her brother Teddy.  A private memorial service will take place in Gilbert, Arizona where Karen resided after moving from New Jersey in 2012.

“Though those with Alzheimer’s may forget us, we as a society must remember them.”
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research (ALZinfo.org) in honor of Karen Arrieta.

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  • Rick and Rosita Jenkins

    Our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family. We knew Karen in New Jersey, she was a wonderful person and a very dear friend. Her husband Frank acted as Father of the Bride at our wedding and Karen helped dress Rosita. We will never forget her generosity and love. May the good lord receive her and bless her.

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