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Karen E. Reuter Kozlowski

Karen Elizabeth Reuter Kozlowski of South Orange, NJ passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at her home with her loving husband and children by her side.  She was 62.

Karen was the loving wife of Steven Kozlowski with whom she had shared 5 amazing years of life and love.

Born in Little Falls, NJ she was the daughter of the late Robert Richard Reuter and Rose Mary (Abbrescia) Reuter.   

A Graduate of Passaic Valley Regional High School (class of 1975), Karen Became an accomplished Make-up Artist in the film and television industry. Her extensive career included working on many TV commercials and TV shows, including Saturday Night Live,  Pee Wee’s Playhouse, The Sopranos, The Beautiful Life, Project Runway, The Big Gay Sketch Show, Rise, and Mercy. She was department head of the hit show Orange is the New Black, and was recently nominated for the Best contemporary Make-up in Television and New Media Series.

She credits her interest in Make-up from watching horror movies, which she enjoyed viewing with her grown children. Make-up Big screen credits include: The Greatest Showman, 28 Days, Step up 3D, Private Parts, and many others.

Karen had an unwavering passion for Jesus which she was quick to share with others. As the Spiritual Care Volunteer Leader at Liquid Church- Essex county (Nutley), she used her God given gifts of unconditional love to care for the individual and group needs of her Liquid  Church family. Her caring did not end on Sunday mornings but extended into Sunday evenings as she graciously hosted and lead her local church Life Group.

She was always quick to tell stories and amidst her family With Eden, Anton, Damon, and Simone, there were plenty of humorous situations to go around and Karen was part each and every crazy moment they shared together. Most recently, she found the love of her life, Steven Kozlowski and as she said, next to being a mom, September 2, 2017 was the best day ever.

In addition to her husband, Karen is survived by her children; Eden, Anton, Damon, and Simone Fabbo, her sister Sue Reuter, brother in law James Wynd, her nieces Erin, and Adrienne; and her step-children; Karin, Kristin, and Steven (Stevie) Kozlowski and her step-granddaughter, Kylie Mae.  

A memorial Service celebrating the life of Karen will be held on Saturday February 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Liquid Church Mountainside, 1180 Spruce Drive, Mountainside, NJ 07092.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Karen’s memory to the Susan G. Komen Foundation at ww5.komen.org.  

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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, February 2nd
    10:00 AM

    Liquid Church Mountainside
    1180 Spruce Drive
    Mountainside, NJ 07092

  • Interment Will Be Private

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