1927 - 2018
Karen was born on the edge of the North of Yorkshire Moors in 1927. Her parents were a wonderful mix of nationalities: her father, Herlov Emil Rasmussen, was a Danish Merchant Seaman, and her mother, Amy Elizabeth Woods, was of Scottish origin. Karen was blessed to have the best of childhoods; they didn't have much money, but there was lots of love and care.
Karen married Philip Pensabene of Sicilian heritage, who brought her to the fullness of a happy life and gave her the joy of sharing his four daughters, followed by eight grandchildren.
Karen eventually moved to the Ocean Shores Retirement Village in Mount Maunganui and came into contact with other Acorn donors. She was passionate about supporting worthy charities and, having catered for family and friends in her Will, Karen was greatly relieved to learn that, through the Acorn Foundation, she could continue to give support to a kind and caring country that took herself and Philip in as citizens.