Karen Weitzner has passed away

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Karen Weitzner has passed away

Postby jarkko » Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:48 am

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Yesterday we received sad news from Laura and Andrew Weitzner: their beloved mother Karen Weitzner has passed away on December 4th in New York.

Karen's close friend from college, Gina, introduced her to Leonard Cohen's music in college 42 years ago, and ever since Leonard's songs were always present in her life.

Karen was one of the very first ones to contact me back in 1995 when I joined the old Newsgroup (and a bit later launched the Files), and our email correspondence continued until November this year.

Eija and I first met Karen at the Montreal Event in 2000, and then again in New York in 2004. In her home-town she also performed at the Open Mic with her children Laura and Andrew.

Unfortunately serious healt issues made it impossible for her to travel, and she had to follow our activities from distance. Thanks to the help of Laura and Andrew, Karen got chance to see some of Leonard's last Grand Tour concerts in New York.

Karen had a living will, where she requested her funeral include "Sisters of Mercy" which she called her desert island song--"if you were on a desert island, what would you bring..." she would bring the "Sisters of Mercy" song. She also wanted "If It Be Your Will" and the one line from "The Window"--"Gentle This Soul".

Rest in Peace, Karen. Eija and I would like to express our sorrow and condolences to Laura and Andrew.
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Re: Karen Weitzner has passed away

Postby Geoffrey » Sun Dec 13, 2015 12:41 pm

jarkko wrote:Yesterday we received sad news from Laura and Andrew Weitzner: their beloved mother Karen Weitzner has passed away on December 4th in New York.
sad news indeed, jarkko - am lighting a little candle.
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Re: Karen Weitzner has passed away

Postby dick » Sun Dec 13, 2015 6:57 pm

RIP Karen
Condolences children.
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Re: Karen Weitzner has passed away

Postby dar » Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:45 pm

So sorry to hear Karen has passed away. I met her in NYC and she was a wonderful woman and a true Cohen fan. My condolences to her friends and family.
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Re: Karen Weitzner has passed away

Postby jim devlin » Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:52 am

I can truly say Karen was a friend of mine, we'd e-mailed each other over the years; I'm very sad. My thoughts include the "27 angels from the great beyond" who are looking after her now. R.I.P.
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Re: Karen Weitzner has passed away

Postby Joe Way » Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:30 pm

Very sad news. We met her and her children in NYC. Deep sympathy to her children and family.

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Re: Karen Weitzner has passed away

Postby lizzytysh » Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:27 am

It's very sad that Karen has died so young, and that she was only able to participate in our various gatherings by reading about them from afar. I, too, met Karen in New York and her commitment to Leonard's work was deep. I offer my condolences to her two, lovely children, Laura and Andrew; and to you, Jim and Jarkko, for your own loss of a friend.
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Re: Karen Weitzner has passed away

Postby uncleerwinone » Tue Dec 15, 2015 4:05 am

I am sorry to read this news about Karen.

May I add a line from Boogie Street: "we are so lightly here ...".

my condolences
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