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Karen Rose Aguon was born in Tamuning, Guam, on August 21, 1960, to Tomas Topasna Aguon and Virginia Malijan Aguon. She grew up in Umatac, Guam. After graduating from George Washington High School, she attended the University of Guam, graduating with a teaching degree in Business/English Literature.
She met the love of her life, Doroteo Gabriel Sanchez Diaz, in Mangilao, Guam while attending the University of Guam. They were married on August 2, 1980, at San Dionisio Church in Umatac, Guam. They moved to the United States in 1981, residing first in Vallejo, California. In 2002, they moved to Sacramento where they lived until 2020. They then moved to Lincoln, California.
Karen spent her working years in the government sector. She began her career with the Social Security Administration; then U.S. Immigration. She also worked at the Naval Shipyard on Mare Island, Long Beach Naval Shipyard, and US Navy Treasure Island. After moving to Sacramento, she transferred to the US Department of Agriculture; and then before retiring, she was employed by the US Small Business Administration. In August 2019, she retired after 38 years of federal service.
Karen and Doroteo had four children, Teo, Kyle, Lajeanne and Kalenn, who they raised in Vallejo until 2002, and then relocated to Sacramento. As the children grew up and married, Karen was blessed with grandchildren and loved spending time with them, especially at large family get togethers. She enjoyed delighting them with some of her cooking creations, especially Chamorro dishes like her famous Shrimp Patties.
Karen’s faith grew as she became involved in the adult prayer group for the Recollections of Christianity Movement, Inc. Singing brought her a lot of joy. She sang in the choir at her church, and also enjoyed singing karaoke with friends and family. Her favorite songs are, “The Rose” by Bette Midler, “The Power of Love” by Jennifer Rush, and “Triste Yu” by Frank Pangelinan Bokonggo.
Many adventures awaited Karen and Doroteo as they travelled. They visited Rome, Paris, London, Japan, Philippines, and saw numerous popular sites throughout the United States. Her very favorite place to visit, however, was Guam.
After several months of dealing with health issues, Karen passed away at the age of 61. She is survived by her loving husband, Doroteo (Teo) Gabriel Sanchez Diaz, and her children: Teo Thomas Aguon Diaz & Jolene A. Topasna, Kyle Gabriel Aguon Diaz, Lajeanne Lorraine Aguon Diaz, and Kalenn Gerrard Aguon Diaz; and her siblings: Lorna M. Aguon; Verna A. Baza; Christine M. Aguon; Steven T. & Roxanne S. Aguon; Arvin P. Aguon and Eva E. Camacho, and mother Virginia A. Aguon.
Karen also leaves behind eight grandchildren who will miss her very much: Teo Thomas Topasna Diaz; Lei’Aani Janae Topasna Diaz; Darius Kaden Topasna Diaz; Kyree Leola Santos Diaz; Layla Rose Aguon Diaz; Kaleah Raine Topasna Diaz; Kiara Joy Topasna Diaz; and Livaya Jae Topasna Diaz.
Karen is preceded in death by her father, Tomas Topasna Aguon; Father-in-law, Gabriel Terlaje Diaz; Mother-in-law, Lorraine Camacho Sanchez Diaz; Sister, Marjorie Aguon Sanchez; Brother-in-law, Peter Sanchez Diaz and Brother-in-law, Kevin Emmanuel Sanchez Diaz.
Karen’s engaging smile and personality will be missed, but she will live on in our hearts forever.