Karen Lynn Wingfield was born on July 19, 1952 in Montclair, New Jersey to Charles and Thelma Wingfield.
She attended Hillside School kindergarten through the eight grade and graduated from Montclair High School in June 1970.
She graduated from Bloomfield College in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a desire to teach. She studied at Jersey City State in the Masters’ Program,
Karen spent more than 40 years as an educator in Montclair Public Schools teaching Social Studies at Buzz Aldrin Middle School, History at Montclair High School and for the last fifteen years at Glenfield Middle School as a beloved para.
She was an advisor to the Black Student Union, Montclair High School Cheerleaders and a mentor in the Sister to Sister Organization. She taught elementary students chess in the summer at the Montclair Co-op.
Karen was passionate about cooking and she taught cooking classes with several colleagues at Glenfield Middle School after school culinary program.
She also served on the Essex County Democratic County Committee for several years.
Her mission in life was to educate those children that needed that extra push. Karen was a cheerleader for her students.
A prayer service for the immediate family will be held Friday, April 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., Interment at Glendale Cemetery. Services can be viewed online through Zoom(72399300973), and at Caggiano Memorial.