Karen Reed Landino, 76, of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away on April 19, 2019.
Karen was born on February 18, 1943 in Louisville, Kentucky. She was educated in Catholic schools and later received her Bachelor Degree from Purdue University.
Karen married Robert John Landino (deceased). Due to corporate business moves, Karen and Robert lived in Houston, TX, St. Louis, MO and Birmingham, MI before moving to Scottsdale in 1978. During these years, Karen taught 5th grade math. After moving to Scottsdale, Karen returned to school where she received a Master’s Degree in Accounting from ASU and earned her CPA certificate. She was a practicing tax accountant for 25 years.
Karen was an Earth-Mother, wonderful cook and an even better dessert chef. She enjoyed organizing activities for her children, neighbor kids and friends. She was an accomplished weaver and talented photographer. Karen was beautiful, feisty and lots of fun.
Karen married Ralph Mahowald in 1984. She is survived by Ralph, her 2 sons, Robert John (Denise) of Honolulu, Hawaii and Mark John (Meredith) of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, sister Martha Brown of Milolili, Hawaii and brother Michael Reed (Connie) of Niwot, Colorado, Ralph’s 2 children Ann Reid(Jim) and Peter Mahowald(Kimberly) of Phoenix, 6 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and 5 nieces and nephews.
Celebration of Life will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers send donations to Hospice of the Valley.
The lights on a class act may have dimmed but the memories and love remain.
Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com
I am so sorry. At her best she was so witty and funny. I enjoyed meeting with her at many OC events and my visits to your home, Ralph, to have her do my taxes. She was a great woman. I know you have many wonderful memories and she is now free of her struggles.
Ralph and family, I am so sorry to learn of Karen’s passing. She was an interesting, educated and wonderful person to be around. So sorry for your loss.
Mike and Anne Mahowald
We are thankful that we were a part of Karen’s life. We will miss her vibrancy and her witty sense of humor. Ralph and Karen were like salt and pepper; different but complimenting each other. We liked that Karen wasn’t afraid to share her opinions on things and we could count on her giving us a direct and honest answer when questioned. We admired Karen on being herself as she never set out to impress others. What she valued wasn’t money or possessions but instead it was her family and her friends. We enjoyed sharing coffee in the mornings and a glass of wine in the evenings. We valued each other’s company. We are going to remember the joy that Karen brought to our lives. Our hearts reach out to all who loved her and will miss her, especially to Ralph.
Rebecca Reed McIntyre
I am so incredibly sad that Aunt Karen is no longer with us. I wish I had known her better, but I’m grateful for the memories that I have–in fact, she gave me my first “grown-up” apartment gift, silver candlestick holders, about 20 years ago. I still have them today, sitting proudly on the table in my studio apartment. They’re probably still the most grown-up item I own, and I think of Aunt Karen every time I look at them. I’m glad that she had Uncle Ralph by her side throughout her life. I hope she knew how much she is cherished and loved. xoxo – Becca