August 15, 2020

Old Lyme’s Visiting Nurse Veselka Retires After 47-Year-Career

Karen Veselka enjoys the moment while her OLVNA colleagues wish her well on her last day of nursing after a 47-year-career in the profession.

OLD LYME — Horns were honking at the Lymes’ Senior Center as Town Nurse Karen Veselka arrived there July 22 for her last day at work. After 47 years of nursing, Veselka is retiring and moving away. Her small drive-through parade was followed by a socially-distanced outdoor farewell.

Karen Veselka arrives at Lymes’ Senior Center for her final day of service as Old Lyme’s Visiting Nurse.

The Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association knows how lucky they were to have had Veselka. She’s been a pillar of support for the most vulnerable in this community as she juggled wellness, skilled care coordination, outreach for special needs, and COVID-19 response.

Veselka’s colleagues at the OLVNA and board members of the organization all turned out to wish Veselka (left) happiness in her retirement and present her with some gifts.

In 2017 she won the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing, and in 2020 she won the inaugural Old Lyme Kindness award.

Standing at an appropriate social distance, Veselka’s colleagues and OLVNA Board Members lauded her service as the Town Nurse. Veselka is seated at left in photo.

Holly Lyman spoke on behalf of all the members of the OLVNA when she commented, “Sad as we are to see Karen leaving, many of us also know what fun retirement can be, so we wish her all the best in her new life!”



  1. Ila Rae Veselka says

    This is awesome. She has been our a part of our family most of her 47 year career. We are so happy for her.

  2. Kimberly House says

    Congratulations Karen, so happy for you. Hope that you and Walter enjoy your retirement, love you

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