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Proctors to hold Karen Johnson celebration of life

Proctors to hold Karen Johnson celebration of life

Celebration planned for September 5
Proctors to hold Karen Johnson celebration of life
Karen Johnson is pictured last summer at Steinmetz Park.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

A celebration of the life of former Schenectady mayor Karen Johnson will be held Sept. 5 at Proctors.

The celebration was announced Friday in a Facebook post by Johnson’s sons Kent and Eric.

Johnson, who served as the Electric City mayor from 1984 to 1991, was the first and only female mayor in the city’s history and a well-known civic leader. She died June 10 at 77 years old after battling a long-fought illness.

The Sept. 5 celebration will begin at 1 p.m. at Proctors, where Johnson was manager for planned giving for 24 years. It will be open to the public.

“We continue to be so appreciative of all the kind words and positive stories we have heard about our mother since her passing,” the Johnsons wrote. “She was truly blessed to have such friendships and relationships across the community. And, we have been humbled to hear about her positive impact. Thank you all for sharing.”

In addition to serving as Schenectady mayor and her work at Proctors, Johnson’s achievements also included becoming serving as president of the New York Conference of Mayors and vice president of the Schenectady County Legislature. She also received Schenectady’s highest honor for civic duty, the Patroon Award.

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