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Karen  L. (McHugh)  Barry

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“I was fortunate to have reconnected with Karen a few years ago, after many years. My daughter is her niece, so it was fabulous to be back in touch....Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Christina Murphy - Dubai - Friend

“I am sitting here, watching the video of Karen and still can not believe she is gone. Went to visit her yesterday and there was a sign she knew we...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Kymberly Casey - Stoneham, MA

“I am very sorry for your loss. Karen was a beautiful person, we reconnected recently and had planned to get together. I was happy to talk with her on...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Pauline Lavery - Friend

“Hi Karen, It was good to be able to smile at you being late to the church.You were good at being late. You would call & ask if you could have 10 more...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Terry Collins - Waltham, MA

“Melissa, DJ & Tim,I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's unexpected passing. We go back almost 50 years. I have a lot of pictures that you are welcome...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Patty Bertrand - Billerica, MA

“Hi Karen, To see you yesterday just blew me away. I held your hand and told you I loved you very much. As I go through my FaceBook memories I see...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Johanna Szabo-Blenkhorn - Waltham, MA

“IMelissa, DJ { am so sorry for the loss of your mother. It is hard to believe I have a lot of memories of her where we lived a few houses apart . May...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Barbara Martinez - Waltham, MA

“Dear Melissa & D.J., Please remember all the fun n adventures we all had together each year, when life was simpler we were all younger and material...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Judy Sullivan - Danvers, MA

“To Karen's family, I am so sorry for your loss. I loved your mom and all the wonderful times we talked.Love you all Yogi ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: Johanna Szabo-Blenkhorn - Waltham, MA

“Karen,I heard the new and my heart broke and I broke down in tears. You were always a loving, sweet, kind person, one of the most beautiful souls I...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Tammy Carlson - Waltham, MA

“I am so sorry for the loss of such a great woman. May she Rest In Peace and reunite with her son Kenny ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy Denn - Newmarket, NH

“Hi I am very sorry to hear about the loss. Karen was a wonderful lady and person will always be remembered. May she rip. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Thomas Sheehan - Somerville, MA

“Karen was the most generous person with her love kindness and always thinking of others. She will be dearly missed by her many friends and especially...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Vin & Peg Failla

“So sorry for your loss ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Enith Blodgett - Waltham, MA

“To the Barry family,I've known Karen for over 30 + years. We shared special friendship thru our children. Karen was a wonderful person and will...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: NANCY CORMIER - Waltham, MA

“Rest In Peace Karen. Thank you for being a part of my life. Thank you for your friendship and kindness. Give them all a big hug up there.Kerri ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Kerri Gabriele - Waltham, MA

“My condolences to family & friends of Karen. She was such a sweet person. I knew her years ago & she was a great. May she RIP God got himself another...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Louise Curry - Waltham, MA

Karen Barry loved life and the people in it. She loved her family and doted on her grandchildren. A lover of God's creatures she fostered all sorts of animals and was known to feed a stray or two. She loved her living community on Ridge Lane and friendships that developed over the years. The self-dubbed 'Clubhouse G-5' was a group of neighbors who became friends and would gather often outdoors just for conversation and companionship.

She was David Ortiz's number one fan and would look forward to celebrating her birthday each year with a game at Fenway Park. Regardless of whether she was in the park or not if the Red Sox were playing she was listening or watching. Her love of animals inspired countless hours of volunteer work at various shelters including Animal Umbrella in Peabody. She was known to shop for a bargain and cut the weekly coupons for an even better deal.

Karen died unexpectedly on Thursday, October 8, 2020 in Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. She was 62. In heaven she rejoins her son, Kenneth P. Barry who died April 29, 2019. She will be remembered as of the most genuine and nicest people who was loved by so many.

Born in Waltham on September 6, 1958 she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Judith (Campbell) McHugh she was a graduate of Waltham High School.

She leaves her children, Melissa A. Barry (Alex Quinones) of Waltham and David J. Barry of Seekonk; her daughter-in-law, Liana M. (Romero) Barry of Maynard; cherished grandmother of Jasmine, Keira and Bella Quinones of Waltham, Jameson Barry of Franklin and Ava Barry of Maynard; sister of Timothy McHugh of Billerica and James McHugh of Florida; nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Karen's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Thursday, October 15th from 4 to 7 p.m. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday in Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to help defray final expenses may be directed to

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Mount Feake Cemetery

203 Prospect Street Waltham, MA 02453