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Boucher Funeral Home, Inc.
Saturday February 12th, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am

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Green Bower Cemetery
Saturday February 12th, 2022

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Karen A. Dufort-Niemela

Karen A. Dufort-Niemela, 66, of Otter River, died unexpectedly Sunday, January 23, 2022, in Heywood Hospital, Gardner.

Born in Gardner on January 25, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Irene (Richards) Dufort. Karen worked as a Home Health Aide and a Preschool Teacher for several years.

Karen was a Friend of Bill W. Her greatest joy came when she was with her family, and her dog Klyspo. Karen enjoyed traveling with her grandchildren on vacation especially to the beaches on Cape Cod, shopping and working on crafts.

Karen is survived by her daughter Nicole Vachon and her significant other Erick of Gardner; a son Lawrence M. Dufort and his wife Donna of Springfield; three grandchildren, Ashley Talbot, Michael Dufort and Olivia Travis; four great-grandchildren, Jaxon, Austin, Amara and Julian; a brother, Jim Dufort and his wife Elaine of Florida; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband of 34-years, Philip C. Niemela, who died in 2017; and two brothers, Bob and Thomas Dufort.

Calling Hours will be held Saturday, February 12, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner, MA. Burial will follow at Green Bower Cemetery, Winter Street, Gardner, MA. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, National Direct Response Headquarters, PO Box 756, Osceola, WI 54020 or on their website at (www.lung.org). Please reference in memory of Karen A. Dufort-Niemela.

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A candle was lit in memory of Karen Dufort-Niemela

Melissa Howard Feb 2 2022 9:46 AM

Very sad to hear about Karen. She was one of the American Legion group of friends. Our sympathies to her family and other friends. Vicky and Bill Rich

Vicky Rich Jan 30 2022 7:43 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Karen Dufort-Niemela

Rich&Sheena Streeter Jan 30 2022 2:01 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Karen Dufort-Niemela

Ashley Talbot Jan 30 2022 1:41 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Karen Dufort-Niemela

Donna Dufort Jan 30 2022 12:52 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Karen Dufort-Niemela

Nicole Vachon Jan 30 2022 11:39 AM

I am shocked to hear about Karen's passing, my condolences to the whole family. I have kept in touch with Karen for many years on Facebook and wondered where she was the last couple weeks. Larry and Nicole my deepest condolences to you and your family. I am Karen's cousin on her mother's side.

Debbie Richard Alberts Jan 28 2022 12:12 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Karen Dufort-Niemela

Doris & Norman Arsenault Jan 28 2022 5:53 AM