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LYNN, MA: Karen L. (McCarthy) West, 64, of Lynn, formerly of Peabody, died at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on January 12, 2016. Karen was born in Lawrence, raised in Andover, and was a graduate of Andover High School. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and her Master’s degree from Salem State University. Karen resided in Peabody for 21 years, in Lynn for the past 10 years. Karen worked as a social worker for Lowell General Hospital for eight years and Melrose Wakefield Hospital for 20 years. She was an avid dog lover and enjoyed spending her summers at Hampton Beach, N.H. Karen enjoyed traveling to the Grand Canyon, Portugal, Romania, and Ireland. She was the loving mother of William S. West and his wife, Kathleen of Danvers, Thomas H. West and his wife, Laurie of Pennsylvania and Nathaniel J. West and his spouse, Sinath of New Hampshire; the cherished grandmother of Timothy, Brianna, Ethan, Kylie, Evelina and Brynn; the caring sister of Denise McCarthy, June Blake, both of New Hampshire, Kevin McCarthy and his wife, Jennifer of Lawrence, and Brian McCarthy and his wife, Cathy of Haverhill.

Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster Street, Melrose, on Tuesday, January 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, January 20, in St. Roberts Bellarmine, Church, 198 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover, MA 01810 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Karen’s name to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445. For directions and to sign online condolence visit www.gatelyfh.com.
Published on  January 20, 2016
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