Virtual services Friday for Karen Wingfield, an education in Montclair public schools for 40 years


Karen Lynn Wingfield was born July 19, 1952 in Montclair, New Jersey, to Charles and Thelma Wingfield.

She attended Hillside School kindergarten through eighth 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 has spent over 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 past fifteen years at the Glenfield Middle School as a beloved para.

She has been an advisor to the Black Student Union, the Montclair High School Cheerleaders, and a mentor with the Sister to Sister organization. She taught chess to elementary school students during the summer at the Montclair cooperative.

Karen was passionate about cooking and taught cooking classes with several colleagues in the after-school culinary program at Glenfield Middle School.

She also served on the Essex County Democratic County Committee for several years.

Her mission in life was to educate children who needed that extra boost. Karen was a cheerleader for her students.

A prayer service for the immediate family will be held on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., interment at Glendale Cemetery. The services can be viewed online via Zoom (72399300973) and at Memorial of Caggiano.

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Perry A. Thomasson