Pauline Manookian Karakoosh, 86, of Woodbridge entered into rest on July 2, 2015. She was the wife of the late Robert Karakoosh. Born in New Haven October 29, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Doudou Kuljian Manookian. She attended New Haven schools and studied nursing at Mt. Sinai Medical School in New York. She worked at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, Southern CT State University and Yale New Haven Hospital. She became a nurse practitioner, obtaining her degree from UCONN. She served as a school nurse at Amity-Bethany campus and later at Amity High School Woodbridge campus, retiring in 1997. She enjoyed traveling, loved completing crossword puzzles, and was thrilled to meet the famous guru of crosswords, Will Shortz. Armenian culture, medical progress, movies, dining and shopping were among her passions.
She is survived by her precious poodle, Janum; her devoted adopted family, Joyce and Robert Garofalo of Woodbridge, Adrienne Garofalo of New York City, Rob Garofalo of Woodbridge, and Lesley, Donald, Maya & Jeffrey Gibbs of Pomfret; her special friends Lynn & Bruce Simons of Orange as well as a host of long time friends and acquaintances. Many thanks to her doctors, including the doctors and nurses at Yale New Haven Hospital St. Raphael Campus for their care and concern during her brief illness. A graveside service was held at East Side Cemetery, 157 South Pease Road, Woodbridge. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pauline Manookian Karakoosh Charitable Fund, c/o Dan Smith; Wells Fargo Bank, 260 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525 www.celentanofuneralhome.com.