Phyllis J. Karno, 51, of Larchmont, and a native of New London, CT, died suddenly on August 3. She was the beloved wife of Paul Burstyn, cherished and dedicated mother of Jeremy and Matthew, loving daughter of Martin and the late Charlotte, and caring stepdaughter of Geri. Phyllis had a lifelong bond with her beloved sister Joanne, was a kind and generous sister-in-law to John and Lee, and a doting aunt of Sarah, Emily, David, and Debbie.
A distinguished graduate of Tufts University and the NYU School of Business, Phyllis was a superb financial services consultant, most recently in the health services industry, where she served clients nationwide with skilled dedication and ingenuity. But more important than her career was her selfless passion for others. Beneath Phyllis’ tough exterior was a wellspring of humanity and philanthropic generosity. A mentor to women of all backgrounds, she showed by example that high standards matter. Challenged by chronic illness throughout her life, she addressed her health needs with strength, grace and dignity. While life without Phyllis will never be the same, she leaves behind a legacy of simple goodness that will be forever cherished by her family and many friends, who loved her dearly.
In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible contributions can be made to the Phyllis J. Karno Scholarship Fund, an educational opportunity program for women. The fund will assist young women in underserved communities to access higher education. Checks can be made payable to YWCA of Brooklyn/PJK Scholarship Fund, 30 Third Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, Attention: Martha Kamber.