City council member Karen Deluccie passed away this afternoon after battling cancer. She had just been re-elected for her at-large city council seat in the April 5, 2022 general municipal election. According to a statement released this evening, funeral services are pending.
The following is a statement Karen asked her family to release after her death:
“I have asked my family to release this statement to you after my death. As you may know I was diagnosed with cancer on February 7 and completed both chemo and radiation treatments over the following several weeks. I was determined that I would recover my health, enabling me to continue my service to Independence, the city I love. A second scan was conducted on April 7 which showed that the treatments had not been effective in battling my cancer. I am so sorry that I am unable to continue to work with all of you in making Independence an even better place to live and raise a family.”