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124 E Diamond Ave
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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Karen Gresh

Karen Gresh

Thursday, November 13th, 1958 Monday, December 2nd, 2019

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Obituary for Karen Nancy Gresh

Karen Nancy Gresh was born to Carolyn and Edward Del Grande on November 13th 1958.

Karen will forever be remembered as one of the most loving and caring people to walk this earth. She always went above and beyond to help everyone in her life, providing her love and support to so many friends and family members in their times of need.

Karen was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. She attended John Adams Junior High and George Washington High School. She pursued a degree in Accounting at the West Virginia Wesley University where she was an active member of Alpha Xi Delta. She graduated in 1981 and shortly thereafter passed the CPA exam on her first attempt.

Her first job was at Berlin, Karem and Ramos, a firm in Silver Spring where she made many lifelong friends and met her husband John. Together, they went on to found the successful company Perfect Fit Custom Shutters. Her love for helping others was abundantly clear through her work and her company. Not with just the care she had for each customer, but in the love and appreciation she showed towards her employees. She truly considered each and every person at Perfect Fit a member of her family. The same attitude carried over to the community that surrounded Karen. She was an avid community activist, volunteering every time the opportunity arose. A devoted mother, mentor and friend, the opportunities she provided and impact she made on the lives of those around her are immeasurable.

Karen struggled with depression for many years. Those by her side in recent years knew the courage and strength she showed every day. She was well loved by friends and family and had a strong network of support, but in the end, the pain was unbearable. On the afternoon of December 2nd, she succumbed to her disease.

Please join us for a celebration of life at the Lakelands clubhouse (960 Main Street Gaithersburg, MD 20878) on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 2-5pm. RSVP to Isabelle at

She is preceded in death by her brother Richard and parents Carolyn and Edward. Richard was her closest friend and they are together once again in heaven.

Karen is survived by sister Patricia Lynn, brother John Stephen, sons Steven Edward and Andrew John, and spouse John Vincent.

A celebration of life will be held on January 25, 2020. Details to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Karen can be made to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and/or NAMI: Maryland. This incredible organization helped Karen over the last few years and she made many friends through their support and outreach programs.

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    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Lakelands Clubhouse
    960 Main Street
    Gaithersburg, MD
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    Saturday, January 25th, 2020
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Please join us for a celebration of life at the Lakelands clubhouse (960 Main Street Gaithersburg, MD 20878) on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 2-5pm. RSVP to Isabelle at

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Robin Manougian

This is heartbreaking to read about. Like many, I was a customer of John and Karen’s, referred by a good friend. I needed to get shutters after a really disturbing situation at my ground-floor condo unit where I’d caught someone looking in. Karen spent a good deal of time talking with me about it and assuring me that she’d move my project on as quickly as possible. She and John did an excellent job, but it was her compassion that truly amazed me. Years later, I moved out of the condo and went to Karen again when my fiancé and I needed shutters for our new home. She was so happy to see me come back. I am so, so sorry for your loss. She was truly wonderful.

Robin Manougian, Bethesda
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Laurie Quinn

I am so very sorry to hear of Karen's passing. Karen was my Alpha Xi Delta sorority sister and roommate. I have
many memories of good times with
Karen who was a sweet and kind friend.
My deepest condolences to Karen's family. Karen will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Laurie Quinn
Comment | Posted at 12:20pm via Condolence

Tyann Nordness

I was so sorry to learn of Karen's passing. We were good friends and roommates in college. Seeing her photo brought back many fond memories. She had not changed a bit. Karen was a bright, warm and kind person. It saddens me to know she struggled over the years. My heart goes out to her children and family.
With love and sympathy,
Tyann Nordness
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Gail Reeves

I am so saddened to hear she passed. She was a great friend who I knew in college. What a sweet person, so kind and caring. May she Rest In Peace and I will continue to remember all of the fond memories. Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends. With love, Gail Reeves
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