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Birth: 27 May 1960 Philadelphia, Pa.
Death: 11 Jan 2011 Blue Bell, Montgomery Co., Pa.
Cause of Death: lieomyosarcoma
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Karen DeGennaro Karen Coletta DeGennaro, Esq., 50, of Blue Bell died Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at her
residence after a courageous two and a half year battle with lieomyosarcoma. Born May 27, 1960 in
Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Alfred and the late Anita (Giannattasio) Coletta, and wife of Albert A.
DeGennaro, Esq. Karen was a 1978 graduate of Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, a 1982 graduate of
University of Delaware and a 1985 graduate of Delaware Law School. After law school, she clerked for the
late President Judge of Pa. Superior Court, Vincent Cirillo. Thereafter she worked for 6 years as an
Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County where she served as Head of the Sex Crimes Unit. While
Head of the Sex Crimes Unit, she was instrumental in developing a county wide investigative unit to handle
sex crime investigations and prosecutions. She also successfully prosecuted many sexual offenders and
provided training to police departments and social workers throughout Montgomery County. After leaving the
DA's Office, she served as an Assistant County Solicitor for Montgomery Co. Office of Children and Youth
where she worked for 15 years protecting children from abusive and neglectful homes. She also serviced as
the Chairwoman of the original Montgomery County Commissioners Committee on Women and Families.
She was also admitted to the US Supreme Court, the Pa. Supreme Court and was a member of the Pa. Bar
Association and the Montgomery Bar Association. She was also a long-time committee member of the
Montgomery County Republican Committee and a member of St. Helena's Catholic Church. In addition to
her father and husband, she is survived by two children at home, Christopher A., a senior at Colgate Univ.,
Hamilton, NY; Katie E., a freshman at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA; three sisters: Denise
Neuschwander, of Conshohocken; Kimberly (Richard) Davino, of Plymouth Meeting; and Valerie (Charles)
Robino, of Centreville, DE; sister-in-Law Regina (Dean) Miller, of Duncansville, PA; her Mother-in-law,
Jeanette (Laratonda) DeGennaro, of Altoona, PA; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
There will not be a viewing, but the family will be receiving relatives and friends on Saturday, January 15 from
9 - 11 AM at St, Helena's Church, 1489 DeKalb Pike, Center Sq., PA 19422. Her funeral mass will follow at
11 AM. Entombment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to
St. Helena's Church at the above address. Funeral arrangements with the Caramenico Funeral Home Inc.,
Main Walnut Sts., Norristown. 610-275-7777. Please visit www.caramenicofuneralhome.com for online info.
Published in Times Herald on Jan. 12, 2011
COLETTA Alfred P. ()
GIANNATTASIO Anita M. (20 Jun 1934 - 27 Aug 2010)
COLETTA Kimberly ()
COLETTA Denise M. ()
COLETTA Karen (27 May 1960 - 11 Jan 2011)
COLETTA Valerie A. ()
Marriage To DE GENNARO Albert A. ()
DE GENNARO ----- ()
LARATONDA Jeanette ()
Children by DE GENNARO Albert A.
DE GENNARO Christopher A. ()
DE GENNARO Katie E. ()
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