Bar News - July 19, 2017
In Memoriam: Karen J. Emery, Peterborough
Karen J. Emery
Karen Jane Emery, 61, of Peterborough, died May 16, 2017, as the result of a lifelong battle with asthma.
Emery grew up in Peterborough where she was a 1974 National Honor Society graduate of Conval Regional High School. Her undergraduate college years included Georgetown University, Boston College and Keene State College from which she graduated magna cum laude in 1979 with a degree in environmental studies. She was a 1978 Harry S. Truman Scholar. She continued her education at Franklin Pierce Law Center. She earned her law degree in 1982 and was admitted to the NH Bar later that year.
For 15 years, Emery was corporate counsel for PSNH/Northeast Utilities. During that period she was married to attorney Joseph Weglowski, whom she had met in law school. They resided in Dunbarton and Rye, NH. She served on the American Lung Association Board of Directors and was a trustee of the Coakley Superfund Site Generators Group. She enjoyed skiing, sailing and horseback riding.
About 20 years ago, Emery began a new life on Sanibel Island, Florida, where she lived for several years. She later married Jeffrey Barsanti and lived in Amherst and Hollis, NH. Their daughter Courtney became the focus of her life. Emery later lived with her mother Mary and Courtney in the family home in Peterborough.
One of Emery’s greatest pleasures in life was sending cards and gifts to her wide circle of friends and family. She also made contributions to community though donating to many Catholic charities and veterans’ organizations. After returning to Peterborough, she became a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and worked for the Hillary Clinton campaign.
The last two decades of Emery’s life were compromised by bipolar disorder. She had many good years and those not so good. She will be remembered by all those who knew and loved her for her exuberant, creative and generous personality, and her big heart.
Emery is survived by her daughter, Courtney Barsanti, and former husband, Jeffrey Barsanti, her sister Susan Emery of Kittery Point, Maine, as well as many other relatives and friends.
In memory of our colleague, the New Hampshire Bar Association Board of Governors has made a contribution to the NH Bar Foundation.