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Karen F. Deady

October 11, 1942 — March 19, 2024

West Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Karen F. Deady

Karen F. Deady, age 81, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 19, 2024, at Lifecare Center of West Bridgewater. She was born in Stoughton on October 11, 1942, to the late Dorothy and Henry Deady. She leaves behind a legacy of a large and loving family, and memories of her lifelong curiosity and adventurous spirit.

She was raised and educated in Stoughton, graduating class of 1960. Her first career was as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines where she developed her love for travel. She married Don Irving in 1963 and together they raised their three daughters in Brockton.

Karen had a lifelong passion for education. She went to night school for years in order to earn her Bachelor’s Degree from Bridgewater State University, and later received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Health and Safety from Tufts University. She worked in this field for many years at Tufts Medical School and later at UMass Boston from where she retired. 

Karen was a beloved mother to her children: Heather Gallo and her husband Jeff of Westborough, Vanessa Maloney and her husband J.P. of Brockton, and Andrea Kingman and her husband Eamon of East Bridgewater. She was a cherished grandmother to Brian and his wife Gabrielle, Amanda, Michael, Nicholas, Cody and Kaden. She was also blessed to be a great-grandmother or “Gigi” to Brooklyn, Juliana and Gavin. She was always supported and loved by her cousins Jym-Ann and Cyndee, who were like sisters to her, and her longtime friends Toni, Dorita and Sally.

She shared her love for learning and the natural world with her family and relished taking the children on outings to the theater, ballet, museums as well as long walks in the woods. She also shared her love for travel by planning special family trips all across the country.

After her children had grown, she was remarried to the late Constantine (Ken) Samoylenko. They settled in Concord, where she became an integral member of the community. She and Ken shared a passion for the outdoors. They were trip leaders at the Appalachian Mountain Club, enthusiastically planning hiking and kayaking trips. They traveled the world with trips to Galapagos, Africa, Russia and China. She loved photography and always returned from her adventures with plenty of stories and photos. She was a passionate environmentalist and worked her entire life for causes to protect the natural world around her.  

She also enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, listening to music, watching PBS, reading and searching for treasures at yard sales and consignment shops. She cherished family celebrations: every birthday was joyously celebrated, and she started her plans for Christmas and Thanksgiving months in advance. Her love for her family and joy for life will long be remembered by all those who knew and loved her.

Please join us to celebrate Karen’s life that will be held in the Farley Funeral Home, 358 Park Street (Rt. 27), Stoughton on Sunday, March 24th, with Visitation from 11AM-12PM, followed by Family Reflections at 12PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Karen’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at https://alzfdn.org/donate/.
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Sunday, March 24, 2024

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