Karen L. Heaney, a co-founder with her late husband, Dennis Heaney, of East Hampton Electric, died on Aug. 4 in Florida after an illness. She was 70.
Mrs. Heaney, who loved to travel, was especially fond of Disney World in Orlando. She made it a point to visit there at least once a year. Her family said that even if she did not have anyone to join her, she would book a nice room and entice someone, perhaps an eager grandchild, to join her. As far as anyone could recall, the gambit never failed. Nearing her last days, Mrs. Heaney attended a character breakfast at a Disney resort in Vero Beach, Fla., with her four grandchildren.
Mrs. Heaney, who was born on Jan. 18, 1944, in Greenport, met Mr. Heaney there. After falling in love and marrying, the pair moved to East Hampton, where Mr. Heaney was from, about 40 years ago.
Mrs. Heaney was described as personable and gregarious, and she had many friends. She never missed the annual East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society summer fair.
In addition to her fondness for Disney visits, she traveled to Europe and Mexico and enjoyed going on cruises.
East Hampton Electric continues in operation, run by her son Sean P. Heaney of Southampton. In addition to her grandchildren, another son, Ryan B. Heaney of Vero Beach, survives.
Visiting hours will be at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will take place there at 10 a.m. on Saturday.