Karen Livingston-Jankowski

Karen Livingston-Jankowski

Monday, September 13th, 1971 Monday, February 3rd, 2020

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Obituary for Karen M. Livingston-Jankowski

Karen M. Livingston-Jankowski, 48, of Wall, passed away on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Jersey Shore University Hospital surrounded by those who loved her deeply. Karen will always be remembered for her caring heart, her amazing spirit, her quick wit and contagious laugh.
Karen was born in Neptune and was a lifelong resident of Wall. She was a graduate of Wall High School, Class of 1989, and of Rutgers University, Class of 1993. At Rutgers, she was Captain of the Swim Team and Swimmer of the Year her freshman year. She began her career as a Social Worker for the Collier Girls Group Home, where she worked with at-risk youth girls. She then worked for DYFS as a case worker and a teacher of new foster home parents. After the birth of her first child, she became a loving stay at home mom until she returned to work at Wall Methodist Child Care. Her most recent role was in the accounting department for the United Methodists of Greater New Jersey, in Neptune. She was a very active member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Spring Lake, where she served as Chairperson of the Administrative Council and a Sunday School teacher for many years. She was adored by every child she taught. She was a devoted wife and mother. Karen enthusiastically supported her children’s swim, football, basketball and soccer teams. She loved gardening, taking her dog Moose to the beach for a swim and spending time with friends and family.
Karen was the daughter of Robert Livingston, who predeceased her, and her mother, Joyce Livingston, who survives her. Karen was the beloved wife of 22 years of John Jankowski, and the adoring mother of their children, Julia, William and Tessa. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Jill Livingston and Tyler Arnold, and their children, Layla, Te’a, and Brody, of Little Silver. Also surviving are her parents-in-law, John and Fran Jankowski.
Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service, which will be held at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 907 4th Avenue, Spring Lake, on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Karen’s memory may be made to St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent via

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    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    St. Andrews United Methodist Church
    Saturday, February 8th, 2020
    Rev. Eusun Kim

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Trish Considine Kirsch

My sincerest and deepest sympathy to Karen’s family. She was a bright light of busting out laughter at Red Bank Y swimming and Belmar lifeguarding. May that smile she always had bring you through in the harder times.
Comment | Posted at 03:09am via Condolence

Michael DeLigio

I have very special memories of Karen, since our early childhood years... some were riding our bikes on the bike path to Allenwood General Store... the summer her family raised baby ducklings, and then later setting them free at Spring Lake. We enjoyed watching the series “Dallas” and then later acted out scenes the next day... which kept us laughing in hysterics. Summer of 1987, when we both worked at Atlantic Club... she a Lifeguard, me a snack-bar cook. I just remember laughing so much with her.
We lost touch, after I moved from NJ... but I was so grateful that we were able to reconnect though internet, where we were able to catch up, and reminisce on our youth. It was a great joy to see that Karen married a wonderful man, and had three great children.
Karen said that when I would someday visit NJ, we would take that bike ride again. Today, I went on that Bike ride... and I just thought about those special memories of Karen, which I will treasure, and will stay alive in my heart forever.
My thoughts are with her whole family, and all the people, who’s lives she touched.
~ Michael DeLigio
Comment | Posted at 12:58am via Condolence

Bob, Terri, JJ, Olivia and Chris Jankowski

We were deeply saddened to hear about Karen's passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Comment | Posted at 08:22pm via Condolence

Robyn Snyder Skove

Please accept my deepest heartfelt condolences during this very difficult time. I pray that you find comfort in the outpouring of love surrounding your family.
Comment | Posted at 05:47pm via Condolence

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