Falmouth, ME - Karen Alice Chagnon, 63, of Falmouth, Maine, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on March 30, 2017, at home and in the presence of her husband and family after an 8 ½ year battle with appendiceal cancer. She lived her life in faith, grace, and integrity as she walked humbly with her God.
Born on September 8, 1953, in Beverly, Massachusetts, Karen is the daughter of Mary E. Maxwell and Roger E. Chagnon. Karen and her husband, David W. Sandberg, were married on May 16, 1992, in Keene, New Hampshire, and would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary next month.
Her profession as a registered dietician included working at Boston City and Newton-Wellesley hospitals, teaching at Keene State College, and consulting at Southern Maine Agency on Aging and in her private practice. Karen was a true servant of God and selfless with her time. Her volunteer activities included serving as a deaconess, working in her church food pantry and office, aiding Africans seeking political asylum, cataloging for the library at New England Bible College, and volunteering with the Luis Palau Crusade and the Root Cellar.
Karen is survived by her husband, David Sandberg, of Falmouth; her mother, Mary Chagnon of Concord, New Hampshire; her sister, Ellen Chagnon (Edward Boiteau) of Mountain Home, Arkansas; and her brother, Thomas Chagnon (Cynthia) of Bow, New Hampshire. Karen was a loving Auntie to her nieces Katie Boiteau and Sylvie Stacy and her nephews Jeffrey Chagnon, Steven Chagnon, and Brian Chagnon.
There will be a memorial service for Karen on Sunday, April 2, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Road, in Portland.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the food pantry at First Baptist Church in Portland or to Compassion International (www.compassion.com).