Kasena Karmel, former longtime resident of Mamaroneck, passed away on January 30, 2016 at the age of 99. Beloved wife of the late Morton. Loving mother of Jane Karmel and Mary (Chuck) Cunningham of Wilton, CT. Adoring grandmother of Charlie and Greg. Beloved Aunt Kasey to her niece, nephews, and their children.
The daughter of Nathan and Lena (Lauton) Toub, Kasena grew up with her four siblings in Bayonne, NJ. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in English Literature from NYU. After graduating from college she moved into Manhattan and worked at WNYC Radio, and she interned at the United Nations in its early days. She subsequently taught school to underprivileged children in New York and sang in the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, as well as performing with smaller opera repertory companies.