Longtime Seymour teacher, member of Board of Selectmen dies

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Karen Stanek delivers the Distinguished Alumnus Address during Seymour High School's Commencement ceremony at their campus in Seymour, Conn. on Thursday June, 9, 2016. The Seymour Board of Selectmen is expected to appoint a Democratic candidate to fill the unexpired portion of Stanek's term. She died on March 8, 2019.

Karen Stanek delivers the Distinguished Alumnus Address during Seymour High School's Commencement ceremony at their campus in Seymour, Conn. on Thursday June, 9, 2016. The Seymour Board of Selectmen is expected to appoint a Democratic candidate to fill the unexpired portion of Stanek’s term. She died on March 8, 2019.

Lisa Weir

SEYMOUR — Longtime Seymour High School teacher and member of the Board of Selectmen Karen Stanek was remembered fondly after news of her death spread Saturday.

Online records showed Stanek was 70.

“I was saddened to hear the news,” said Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller. “Karen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who cared greatly about her family.”

Miller said Stanek was a dedicated educator and member of the Board of Selectmen.

“Karen was quick to put the needs of others before her own,” he said. “She will be greatly missed by not only me, but many people all around Seymour.”

Before becoming a teacher at Seymour High School, Stanek graduated from the school herself in 1966. She taught at the school for 35 years and created and led a mock trial team at the high school. Stanek received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Board of Education in 2016.

On the Board of Selectmen, Stanek served alongside Miller, Al Bruno, Robert Findley, Annmarie A. Drugonis, Stephan Behuniak and Trisha Danka.