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Karen McKenna Aylward, 66, Longtime New Canaan Resident

Karen McKenna Aylward
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NEW CANAAN, Conn. - Karen McKenna Aylward, a resident of New Canaan and Boynton Beach, Fla., died Saturday, Nov. 9. She was 66.

Aylward was born May 24, 1947, in San Mateo, Calif., daughter of Robert E. and Jeanne S. McKenna of San Jose, Calif. She had lived in New Canaan for over 40 years. She attended San Jose State University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of San Diego. Following college she served as a flight attendant with United Airlines based in Chicago where she met her husband.

She and her husband moved to New York City in 1971 and two years later settled in New Canaan. In New Canaan she worked for Montessori International as a graphic designer and was a member of the Junior League. The family moved to Seoul, South Korea in 1981. Upon returning to New Canaan in 1986, she continued her volunteer work with the Junior League and became active with Norwalk Community College. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees for a number of years. She was also a past president of the Junior League Sustainers and was a member of the New Canaan Sewing Group. Aylward is survived by her husband, Thomas J. Aylward, IV; daughter, Courtney Maple Aylward-Jahn of Summerville, S.C.; son, Thomas J. (Tucker) Aylward, V of Boynton Beach, Fla.; brothers, Robert E. McKenna Jr. of Monrovia, Calif., and Michael G. McKenna of Oakland, Calif.; sister, Patricia McKenna Andrade of Broken Arrow, Okla., and a granddaughter. She was predeceased by her parents. Calling hours are Friday, Nov. 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main St., New Canaan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at St Aloysius Church, New Canaan. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Aylward’s memory to the Norwalk Community College Foundation (188 Richards Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854-1655).

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