Karen Anne Fitze, a marketing executive and singer whose portrayal of the character "Darlene" at Hampden's annual Honfest led to a recording spot on David DeBoy's "Crabs for Christmas: Live" compact disc, died Oct. 23 of liver disease at Stella Maris Hospice.
The Parkville resident was 64.
"Some people look at Honfest as a costume party, but I believe it is a salute to the strength, humility and humanity of the working women in our hometown, and Karen epitomized those characteristics," Mr. DeBoy wrote in an email. "She was irrepressible, irresistible and irreplaceable."
"When you're a hon, it's what's in your heart that...