AUGUSTA - Karen Lynn (Fontaine) Schermerhorn, 45, of Augusta died Sept. 13, 2004, surrounded by her family at her home. \r\r\n\r\r\nShe was the daughter of Edgar and Joan (Stockford) Fontaine, born Aug. 12, 1959, in Augusta. \r\r\n\r\r\nKaren was educated in Winthrop and graduated from Winthrop High School in 1978. She went on to graduate from Beal College in Bangor. \r\r\n\r\r\nOn April 1, 1989, Karen married David Schermerhorn at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Winthrop. \r\r\n\r\r\nKaren was employed by the state of Maine and Bath Iron Works for several years. She worked for many years at Sears in Augusta and also worked seasonally for the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce. \r\r\n\r\r\nKaren loved people and will be remembered most for her sunny smile, bubbly personality and positive attitude. She was a diabetic for more than 20 years and had been on dialysis for more than eight years. She was very grateful for the loving care and support she received from her second family, the staff on Two Central and the dialysis staff at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Thayer Unit. \r\r\n\r\r\nKaren was a Red Sox and Sea Dogs fan and also enjoyed bowling and ceramics. \r\r\n\r\r\nShe was a member of Penney Memorial United Baptist Church in Augusta. \r\r\n\r\r\nKaren was predeceased by her son, Nathan David Schermerhorn, who died Dec. 14, 1991. \r\r\n\r\r\nKaren is survived by her devoted husband, David Schermerhorn, of Augusta; her parents, Edgar and Joan Fontaine, of Winthrop; her brother, Alan Fontaine and his wife, Arlene, of Vassalboro; her sisters, Pamela Schneiter and her husband, Robert, of Old Orchard Beach, and Linda Hall and her husband, Dean, of Sidney; her sisters-in-law, Donna Shaw and her husband, David, of Agawam, Mass., Eleanor Randall of East Longmeadow, Mass., and Carolyn Lemieux of Agawam, Mass.; several nieces, nephews and cousins; many friends; and her beloved cat, Misty. \r\r\n\r\r\nRelatives and friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church St., Augusta, where a celebration of Karen's life will be held at noon Friday. \r\r\n\r\r\nPrivate burial will be in Kling Cemetery, Augusta. \r\r\n\r\r\nThe family requests that memorial donations in Karen's memory be made to the American Diabetes Association, 163 Lancaster St., Suite 98 R, Portland 04101; or the National Kidney Foundation of Maine, P.O. Box 1134, Portland 04104-1134.