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Karen Elizabeth Dempsey

Karen Elizabeth (Hamel) Dempsey, 47, of Winchendon died Friday, May 11, 2018 in Athol Memorial Hospital, after being stricken ill.
Karen was born in Gardner on July 21, 1970, the daughter of Robert Hamel and the late Barbara (Hojnowski) Hamel. She graduated from Gardner High School with the Class of 1988.
She was a member of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Church of Gardner. Karen was a cafeteria worker employed by Marriott Food Services of Westminster and Gardner prior to retiring.
She enjoyed listening to audio books and spending time with her cat Marley. Karen was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and NASCAR, and in years past she loved spending time caring for her horses. She will be remembered by all who knew and loved her for her upbeat personality and sense of humor.
Karen leaves her father, Robert R. Hamel of Winchendon; one son, Warren C. Dempsey of Winchendon; one daughter, Korrie L. Dempsey of Everett; her former husband, Wade Dempsey of Haverhill; one uncle, Edward Hojnowski of Pownal, VT; and several cousins.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, May 17th at 12:00 p.m. in the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner.
A calling hour will be held Thursday, May 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Road, Framingham, MA 01701.
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Visitation Details

Thursday, May 17th, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm, Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols St., Gardner

Service Details

Thursday, May 17th, 2018 12:00pm, Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols St., Gardner

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Karen, you were a shining star in a dull world. May your sweet passion and energy live on in your wonderful kids. I did not see you often since we graduated in '88, but whenever I did see you, you were so upbeat and able to embrace life and overcome incredible obstacles. A true inspiration!

Kat Swiatek(Snell) May 17 2018 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Karen's death. Deepest sympathies go to the family. Prayers to all being sent your way. Doug and Joanna Fowler Titusville, FL

Joanna and Doug Fowler May 16 2018 12:00 AM

Korrie, So sorry for your mom's passing

Ray Luciani May 16 2018 12:00 AM

To Karen's family, I am so very sorry to read about your loss. Please take comfort in knowing that our heavenly Father truly loves you and cares about what you are going through. He will give you the strength necessary to cope during this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

M Powell May 15 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Karen, I have known you for the past eight years, and you have always been a kind and caring person. I will remember our discussions and the school meetings we attended together. I appreciated that our families all became a loving, extended and blended family. Please know that I will continue to care and love your children as if they were my own, and we all know that you are looking out for us. God bless you.

Pamela May 15 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Karen, You gave me two beautiful children that are amazing, and we shared so many good times together. I am so thankful we remained close throughout the years and talked. My heart is heavy over your passing, but I know you are in great hands and your sight is clear. God bless. I will miss you very much on every occasion.

Wade Dempsey May 14 2018 12:00 AM

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Boucher Funeral Home lit a memorial candle May 14 2018 12:00 AM

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