August 14, 1953 ~ January 11, 2021

Born in: Rochester , NY
Resided in: Greece , NY

Karen A. Berndt

Greece: Monday, January 11, 2021 at age 67 due to complications of Covid 19.   Predeceased by her parents, Rudy and Concetta Sabatini. Survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Gene Berndt; her sons, David (Chris) Bellian and Jay (Barbara) Berndt; loving grandchildren, Alison (Matt) Vogel, Julie (Matt) Smith, Lisa (Joe) Buda, Lauren (John) Sheldon, Andrew, Evan and Tyler Berndt; great-grandson, Brandt Vogel; her brothers and sisters, Patrick (Helen) Sabatini, David Sabatini, Joe Retta, Sandy Louis, Elizabeth Goldberg; many nieces and nephews; special friends at the Lamplighter Restaurant and Lakeshore County Club.


No prior calling. Her Celebration of Life will be held at a later date due to Covid 19. Private Entombment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Honor Flight Rochester in her memory.


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Karen A. Berndt 's name.

Honor Flight Rochester, Inc.

PO Box 23581 Rochester, NY 14692

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  1. So unexpected. So hard to except. I will miss Karen’s welcoming ways, her laugh, golfing and bowling with her and her friendship. ⭕❌😢💔

  2. I am so sad to hear of Karen’s passing. She was a special lady and will be missed by so many… May she rest in complete peace and her memory be a blessing.. I prayer for strength for her husband and family

  3. My dear friend, life will not be the same without you. Words cannot express the tremendous grief and loss we’re all feeling right now. I have so many memories that I will cherish forever. You were such a vibrant, caring and supportive person who lived life to the fullest. You were taken from us way too soon but will never be forgotten.

    My heartfelt condolences to Gene and family. May God hold you in his arms during this difficult time.

  4. A beautiful lady inside and out. I’m blessed to have known Karen and her uplifting personality. She leaves behind many memories to all the hearts that are broken. Prayers, love, and strength for all.

  5. Karen will be missed by many, that beautiful smile , that great sense of humor, and the warmth and love she showed everyone she came in contact with. We will always have a spot in our hearts for Karen.

  6. Gene and family, so sorry for you’re loss. She was a wonderful woman, always a pleasure to talk with. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Gene and the family. We feel blessed that we got to know her and cheer her on at bowling.

  8. Karen was one of my favorite people at Lakeshore. She always had a wonderful smile on her face and we would talk about life every time I saw her. I will miss her dearly. Prayers to Gene and family.

  9. Gene and family, my prayers and thoughts are with you. Karen always had a smile and hello at Lakeshore Country Club for me and always left me feeling happy. My heart aches for her family and friends.

  10. Someone as special as Karen will never be forgotten. She will remain in our hearts forever. So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with your family. ❤️🙏🏻

  11. Our deepest sympathy to Gene and family.Karen was warm, kind, and just a true light. We will miss her deeply .

  12. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you and your family Gene. Karen was a great lady with a giving and infectious personna. She will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know her. God bless.

  13. Our hearts are heavy at this very difficult time for your family. May you find peace and comfort knowing that Karen is in the hands of the Lord.

  14. My deepest condolences to Gene, David & the entire family. Karen was an amazing person a true light. Always thinking of you guys. ❤

  15. It’s hard to imagine not hearing Karen’s laugh or see her smile. She was always up for anything, always thoughtful and giving. She will always be missed. Rest in peace, Karen.

    With sincere and deepest sympathy.

    • As Brother and Sister, growing up apart always felt weird. But these last few years Karen and I became very close. Phone calls, Food, golfing and curse words abound!
      Journey on my Feisty Sister. Love, Joey

  16. Gene and family,
    So sorry to hear about Karen. She was a wonderful person. Please always remember she is up looking down over all of you with Uncle Rudy and Aunt Tweety🥰

  17. Sister, I can hear your voice in my head. It’s been happening since the day you left and it’s music to my ears. I will treasure the wonderful memories I have of my precious time with you, of conversations near and far, of shared secrets and recipes and wishes. I give my most sincere condolences to your husband and to all those friends and family that you leave behind. Once we are privileged to know you, you live in our hearts forever, dear Karen.

  18. Gene & Family….I am so sorry for your loss. Karen was such a fun-loving person. I always looked forward to seeing her at Lakeshore. I will miss her beautiful smile and a great attitude towards life. She will be missed by many. Gone too soon….

  19. Gene and family,

    I am blessed to have met you and Karen through our mutual friend Debbie George. We shared some wonderful laughs and chats. Karen always came with a smile and a kiss. Thinking of you all and sending many prayers.

  20. Karen – I regret that so many years went by before I really got to know you. Now, gone too soon. May your journey bring you peace and happiness. MY sympathy to Gene and family.

  21. What a beautiful picture of Karen & wonderful tributes. I haven’t played golf with Karen in a long time but I still think of her when I have a wayward shot. She taught me “my towards are off” which she picked up from one of her other friends. Always funny, smiling, & friendly. All my memories of her are good ones. Rest in peace my friend! Our sincere sympathy to Gene & family.

  22. Dear Karen,
    I am missing our conversations full of laughs, opinions, and reminiscing about the old days. I miss hearing your voice and seeing your great smile! I miss how you cared so much for me, my kids and my family. I miss hearing your stories of your friends and family. I just plain miss you. 💔❤ Thank God for all the wonderful memories I have of you in my life.
    Dear Gene, My David and family:
    You are like family to me and my heart breaks for you all, now and always. ❤❤❤❤❤

  23. Dearest Gene
    My heart goes out to you. I can’t imagine you without your lovely Karen. She was such a beautiful person inside and out. Carry her in your heart and know she is with you everyday. I’m thinking of you and sending my condolences.
    Beth O’Donnell

  24. May the Good Lord welcome her, well too early, with open arms. My prayers are with you and your family Gene.

  25. Tony Kulas
    May the Good Lord welcome you, all too soon, with open arms. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family Gene through this difficult time.

  26. Karen my dear lifelong friend. I hear your voice in my head, I can see your expressions and your smile. How I will miss your friendship, warmth and love.
    You were taken away too soon. My heart is broken. Rest now my friend, until we meet again.

  27. My God, how I loved her! She, and you, Gene, are members of our family and our hearts go out to you now in this horrible time. Remember how vibrant she was, how her love flowed so freely to everyone. Than God for the gift of her in your life. And, always, remember how much you are loved.

  28. Karen,
    Your vibrant personality and zest for life touched all that knew you. I will miss you forever and always. Gene wishing you and your family peace and healing. Karen will live on in our hearts and memories with her contagious laugh & smile. Your Partner….Kathryn

  29. Karen you will always have a special place in all of our hearts. Words can not express how much you will be missed by our whole family. Your smile and laughter will forever be remembered. Gene you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God has received one amazing angel.

  30. You will be very missed and gone way too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family ❤️

  31. I remember the trip to Hawaii and the fun we had throughout the years. I can’t believe you’re gone.
    My deepest sympathy to Gene, Pat and David.

  32. Karen, We will miss you terribly on our silly zoom calls! You were always so much fun to be around. Our deepest sympathy, Gene. Thinking of you and the family.

  33. Gene and family,
    Our deepest sympathy on your loss of a beautiful lady. Karen will be so missed. Gene, we hope your wonderful memories together will help you through the days ahead.

  34. Gene, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you and your family.
    Many prayers and thoughts to you and your family.

  35. Gene, I am so, so sorry! Karen was such a vibrant person. She was so fun to be around. I’ll miss seeing her at parties, on zoom, and I’ll always remember her great sense of humor.

    Praying for you and your family.
    Karen will always be remembered.

    Jeanne Perri

  36. I feel so very sad for your entire family I’m so sorry for your great loss , thinking of all of you at this very difficult time .

  37. My deepest condolences to Gene and family. Karen was a very special woman and a great friend. She always had a big smile, a kind word and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace!!

  38. Gene,

    With heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your best friend, Karen. May the love, prayers and support of your family and friends bring you comfort during this most difficult time.

  39. So so sorry to you Gene and your family.
    I’m so glad we had the chance a few months ago to chat with you both and have some laughs.
    We will always remember her smiling all the time
    We are here for you and praying for all.

  40. My deepest condolences to Gene and family. Karen and I worked at Kodak together for years. So sorry for your loss.

    Terry Howie

  41. Dear Aunt Karen,

    We can say the words out loud, but it still doesn’t feel real. We can’t believe you’re gone.

    We miss your laugh, your wit and your special red sauce. You showed us by example what it means to truly live a beautiful life. We always looked forward to talking to you and Uncle Gene.

    It feels like words are not enough. We love you and miss you so much.

  42. Hi, Gene … we are so sorry to learn of Karen’s passing. Larry and I had been keeping track of her through Phil Borzilleri, of course. You and your family are certainly in our thoughts and we’re sending you strength. We’ll treasure the fun times we had with you and Karen over the years at family gatherings.
    … Larry and Carol Rath

  43. I am so extremely sad to see this! Gene I’m so sorry. Please know Carl and I are here for you. Rest In Peace Karen till we see you again. We love you❤️

  44. Gene, so sorry & shocked to hear of Karen’s passing..I will be hard not seeing her at Lakeshore c.c. as you guys were so much fun to be with. This cursed pandemic is really taking its toll! Our condolences to the rest of the family. Karen will be missed greatly. God bless you, & the family in this difficult time!

  45. Gene
    We can’t tell you how sorry we are to hear about Karen. What a shock. I know you will miss her so much, but you also have so many wonderful memories to help you through your grief. We will be thinking of you and send prayers that you will get through this time with some peace. She will be running golf tournaments in heaven!
    Love, Barb and Jerry Burns

  46. So sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Gene. May she rest in peace.
    John and Teresa Agostinelli

  47. Gene ,
    We are deeply saddened by the loss of Karen, she had a smile to light up a room.

    Lucille Sullivan (Frank)
    John & Maryann Lesio
    Alicia Sullivan (Ortiz)

  48. Gene, there are no words to ease your pain or emptiness you must feel. Losing a lady as special Karen is indeed heartbreaking! Knowing that she was loved by everyone she met is heartwarming! We had so many fun times together, I will cherish and hold those close to my heart.

    “Peg o’ my heart”

  49. Gene — I am so saddened to hear of Karen’s passing. She was such
    a sweetheart. Missed seeing you guys this past year. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Penny I.

  50. Karen,
    You are someone who brightens people’s day! Your smile is beautiful and your laugh contagious! I will miss you very much, Love You!!!

  51. Gene, You and your family are in our thoughts as you grieve the loss of Karen. Bob Potter and Vivian Malta

  52. Gene – we were sorry to learn of Karen’s passing. We will remember her warmth, generosity, kindness and sense of humor. We will be thinking of you and your family in the days ahead. Please accept our deepest sympathy……Mark and Susan

  53. Those same beautiful eyes and big smile haven’t changed one bit after all these years. How very sad to learn of her passing. I know Rudy & Tweety were right there to welcome her to heaven.

  54. Gene, my deepest condolences to you and your whole family on such a great loss. I only got to know Karen when she came into the office with you and we chatted on a few occasions, but she definitely was a lovely person. You two were such a good match and 41 years together was a gift—but not enough, I’m sure. May God hold you in His arms in these days ahead.

  55. I was so shocked to see Karen passed away. We worked together at Kodak and became friends. We called each other cumare! Wonderful wonderful person. Rest in peace cumare. Prayers to you and your family. God bless.

    Kathy Meier

  56. Gene and Family:

    Our heart aches with the news of Karen’s passing. Her contagious smile and witty humor will be a fond memory that I will always hold dear. Heaven just got another angel. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Scott and Diane Sprague

  57. Gene, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. XOXO, Paulina and Ted

  58. Gene I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Karen was such a true friend and she always made me laugh. We go back so far and I find it an honor to have known her. I can’t express the sorrow I feel. I hope the memories you have of her bring you some comfort. If you ever need a shoulder I’m always here.

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