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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Karen Sue Salley

Karen Sue Salley, a longtime resident of Saratoga Springs passed away peacefully at her home at the age of 59 on Tuesday, November 3rd after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on April 20th, 1956 in Schuylerville, New 
York was the daughter of the late Loren and Jean  Salley.

Karen is survived by her lifelong loving partner Bob “Sprocket” Eckardt, their son, Loren Eckardt and his wife Diana of Braunschweig, Germany, her sister Nancy Wood, brothers Joe, Tim and Dean Salley and her many nieces and nephews. Karen was a devoted employee of the Saratoga National Historical Park for 25 years from 1990 until 2015.
She enjoyed travelling with her family to Europe, taking cruises through the Caribbean with friends, visiting Clearwater Beach,Florida, taking long motorcycle rides through the winding countryside with Bob and spending time in the garage with her many cherished friends. Much time was spent tending to her meticulous garden and providing endless loving care and support to her son. Karen was an amazing partner and beautiful mother who will be dearly missed.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday November 7th, 2015 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. 
Calling hours will be held from 10am–11:45pm on Saturday, November 7th, 2015 prior to the service at the funeral home. 

Her family would like to express our extended gratitude to the Community Hospice employees, Doctors and caring family, Patty Riggi, Linda Perry, Kathy Goodwin and John and Sue Sammut for their support. Karen was surrounded by an extraordinary amount of love until her passing for which we are forever grateful.


  1. Deepest heart felt condolences to all her family and friends <3 RIP Karen

  2. Karen was a devoted co-worker and wonderful person. Her care and attention to historical artifacts will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends.

    Jennifer Richard-Morrow

  3. Peggy and Jack HuckelNovember 4, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Sprocket, I'm so very sorry to learn of your loss. Sincerest condolences to you and all your family

  4. Brock and Marj JohnsonNovember 5, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Sincerest condolences to Sprocket and his family and friends of Karen. Taken way to soon. So sorry for your loss.

  5. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  6. Karen was truly special -- she cared for the Schuyler House and grounds in a way that cannot be matched. She was highly intelligent, hard-working, and meticulous about her work. She loved her family, and was so proud of her son, Loren. What a great heart Karen had, and I will miss her so much. Rest in peace, Karen. Sending condolences to her family and friends---

  7. What are we Gonna Do.....WITHOUT-KAREN????...SO-SAD and SORRY to see her GO!.....So MANY GOODTIMES Shared with you and Bob......R.I.P. Karen, Your Work HERE is now DONE! .....and NOW, You are...... "FOREVER-IN THE WIND"...Thank You for your COMPANY & FRIENDSHIP!!...

  8. So very sorry to hear about this, Sprocket and Loren. You are both in my thoughts. Karen was a truly good person.

  9. Sprocket and Loren, Diana, and all of your family members and friends, I am so sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences to you all, and I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  10. Karen Sue was our classmate, class of 1975 Schuylerville High School. I remember bonding with her in 1969 when her brother Joe and my brother Tom left for the army. We both cried our eyes out.
    She was a gentle soul with a good heart and will be missed by our class. Love, light and peace to her family. Betty Plummer Bedrey

  11. Sprocket, I am so saddened to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and yours. Many good wishes,
    Mary A. Thompson

  12. Sprocket, I was so sorry to learn of your loss. Linda Morzillo