Karen A. Takes Pappis, 62, of Albany passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Albany Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Albany on November 12, 1955, she was the daughter of Arthur P. and Mary Marin Takes. Karen received her Bachelor of Arts from Siena College and Masters in Social Work from SUNY Albany and was a Licensed Master Social Worker. Those who knew Karen knew her heart belonged to children and her true passion was advocating for the care and well-being of the younger generations. She was driven to lend her heart and hands in many ways including serving as a caseworker, intake supervisor and legal liaison for Child Protective Services for Albany Co. Dept. of Social Services, a trainer for the National Association of Social Workers, and a field placement instructor for many area colleges. Karen was dedicated and very involved in various groups within St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, where she also enjoyed serving as a Sunday School Teacher for many years and was cherished by her students. Karen served as Chairman of the St. Sophia Greek Festival and was a past District Governor of Daughters of Penelope Empire District #6.
Karen is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, George L. Pappis and beloved sons, Christopher and Matthew Pappis. Also survived by her brother, Peter (Alexandra) Takes and nephew, Michael Takes of St. Louis, MO along with several cousins, godchildren and extended family. Her memory will remain eternal with those who knew and loved her.