Karen 'Monaco' McDermott was born June 26th, 1957 in The Bronx, New York, to Charles and Geraldine Monaco. Karen had three brothers, David, Chuck, and Gregory. Karen had a late husband, Sean McDermott, and a son Stephen.
Karen had an affinity for travel and adventure from a young age, so it was only fitting that she and her family lived as far north as Valhalla, and as far east as East Hampton throughout her younger years. Karen would go on to graduate from the University of Las Vegas, and spent some time living in Nevada. Eventually Karen would return to New York where she met her husband, Sean McDermott, and the two would move back to The Bronx. A few years after their son Stephen was born, Karen and Sean would decidedly settle in Yonkers, New York.
Mom radiated a love that could be felt by anyone near her. She would feed the deer and wild turkeys in her backyard, as well as the neighborhood kids who would come in for a snack in-between playing. She became the "cool mom" that everyone wanted to be around. Oftentimes, I would return home from school to find my friends already at the house, hanging out with mom, swimming in the pool and playing video games. If there was a level in a video game I had trouble beating, I would ask mom to beat it for me, and she wouldn't put the controller down until she did so.
My Mother was a one of a kind person, with a loving soul. We hear the expression so often, but she would quite literally give you the shirt off of her back. She cared for all living creatures, and treated animals specially, because their innocence resonated with her soul.
The only qualities that matched Karen's fierce love for her family were her adventurousness, and her wittiness. Karen was known to instigate spur of the moment trips, whether they be late night drives to McDonalds, or last minute trips to random destinations. Furthermore, Karen was known to do quite well playing the hand she was dealt. One may recall a time or two where she walked to a poker table playing the innocent lady, being scoffed at by cigar smoking men, only to walk away with quite a bit of their money.
Karen is survived by her son Stephen, her daughter-in-law Taylor, and her brother Gregory.