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Karen Kellner dies at 44.

Karen Kellner, 44, of Glenwood Landing, had lots of heart.

For the past six years she helped to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York through the annual golf and tennis outing of the Long Island Chapter of CoreNet Global, a real estate group. She cooked at a food pantry operated by the Christian Church of Glen Cove. She organized family get-togethers and cooked for them. She also doted on her Portuguese water dog, Chloe. "She just seemed to have time for a lot of different things," said her sister, Nancy Tilton, of Sea Cliff.

But in the end, family members and friends said, it was probably Ms. Kellner's heart that gave out on the evening of March 3. An official cause of death has not yet been determined. Ms. Kellner had a history of heart problems, Ms. Tilton said.

The youngest of five children of Jean Smith and the late James T. Kellner, Ms. Kellner grew up in Sea Cliff and attended Sea Cliff Elementary School, North Shore Junior High School and North Shore High School. She obtained a bachelor's of arts degree in education from C.W. Post College in 1981 and taught art at Friends Academy before working as a legal secretary for Glen Cove lawyer John D. Case, who remained a long-time friend. She also worked for Case's investment research publication, Market Guide, as an office manager.

Ms. Kellner joined JRS Architect P.C. in July 1997 as director of marketing and business development and became involved in the Long Island real estate industry. She was known for her vast network of business contacts, which she used not only develop new leads for her employer, but also to raise funds for CoreNet's Make-A-Wish Foundation effort.

The Long Island Chapter of CoreNet Global, a real estate executives group on whose board Ms. Kellner served, said last week that it will establish an endowment that will grant a wish in perpetuity in her name through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York in Lake Success. Ms. Kellner was co-chair of the Make-A-Wish CoreNet Charity Golf and Tennis Outing, which over the past eight years raised $330,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, enabling the group to grant 55 wishes to local children facing life-threatening illnesses. This year's outing will take place on Monday, July 18 honoring Ms. Kellner.

In addition to her mother and sister, Ms, Kellner is survived by her brother Thomas, of Park City, Utah; brother Jamie, of Santa Barbara, Calif., founder and president of the WB Television Network, and his wife, Julie; brother Ron and sister-in-law Jeannette, of Glen Head.

A funeral was held March 5.
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Title Annotation:OBITUARIES; CoreNet Global
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Article Type:Obituary
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 13, 2005
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