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Karen Rivers

Karen S. Rivers

Friday, October 30th, 1964 - Saturday, September 12th, 2020
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POTSDAM – Karen S. Rivers, 55, a resident of Dayton Road, unexpectedly passed away on Saturday afternoon, September 12, 2020 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Karen was born on October 30, 1964 in Lowville, New York, the daughter of Donald G. and Barbara A. (Cook) Lustyik. She was a 1982 graduate of Norwood-Norfolk Central School and later achieved her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education at SUNY Potsdam.

While in college, she worked for Dr. Bassim in Potsdam. After graduating from college, she taught for a year and half at Norfolk Elementary School, before starting to teach with the New York State Department of Corrections. She retired in December 2019 from Riverview Correctional Facility in Ogdensburg after 31 ½ years of service. Karen was a member of the Norwood United Methodist Church, where she was active with the United Methodist Women. She was a longtime member of TOPS, the St. Lawrence County Power and Equipment Museum, and volunteer supporter of the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad. Karen loved to do scrapbooking and was a member of the Sassy Scrappers, affectionately known as the “Scrapaholics.” She enjoyed traveling, reading, doing crossword puzzles, flower gardening, and cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren.

Karen is survived by her children, Alexandria “Alie” and Alexander “AJ” Rivers, both of Potsdam; her stepchildren, Kyle Rivers of Potsdam; Timmy Rivers of Ogdensburg; and Amanda (Brandon) Lawton of Ogdensburg; her grandchildren, Riley, Jayden, Kendall, Parker, Adelyn, and Cohen; her parents, Donald and Barbara Lustyik of Norwood; her sisters, Kelly Lustyik and Kaye (Brad) Sharlow, all of Norfolk; a niece, Avery Sharlow; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her brother, Kenneth Lustyik on April 8, 1978.

Friends may call at the Donaldson-Seymour Funeral Home, Potsdam on Wednesday 12-3:00 PM and 6-9:00 PM. A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM Thursday at Bayside Cemetery, Potsdam, with Brendon Hardy, officiating. Services will be attendance controlled and face coverings and social distancing will be observed.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the St. Lawrence County Power and Equipment Museum.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Donaldson ~ Seymour Funeral Home
    4 Cedar Street
    POTSDAM, NY 13676
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Donaldson ~ Seymour Funeral Home
    4 Cedar Street
    POTSDAM, NY 13676
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  • Service

    Thursday, September 17th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, September 17th, 2020 11:00am
    Bayside Cemetery
    Outer Clarkson Ave
    POTSDAM, NY 13676
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    Bayside Cemetery
    Outer Clarkson Ave
    POTSDAM, NY 13676
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Freilin S Stevens

Posted at 01:12pm
Dear Ali and AJ: I was so sad to learn that your mom passed away. She was one of my favorite customers at The Hideaway. She had a great sense of humor and always had a kind word to share. I didn't get to see her much after I left the diner, but I feel like the world is a less happy place without her in it. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family. It was too soon.

Karen G. Wilkins

Posted at 05:52pm
Omg. Karen you will be so missed from scrapbooking. Your smile and warm hugs from my kindred name sharer Will always be remembered. You welcomed me to the group and always sought me out in the group. RIP my friend

Pam Shyne

Posted at 09:56pm
To Karen’s family so sorry for your loss. She was a great lady. Always had a smile on her face. She will be so missed by all of you. My thoughts and prayers fo out to all of you.
Pam Shyne


Posted at 06:35pm
I am so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. She was a wonderful, talented woman with a kind heart. May she Rest In Peace.

MaryChris Jones

Donna Kaiser

Posted at 09:13pm
Don, Barb and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. I feel blessed to have known Karen when she was my tupperware lady. God Bless you all!

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