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Karen A.  McManus
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    Bosotn, MA 02130

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“Stacey ”
1 of 28 | Posted by: McManus - Melrose, MA - Sister

“I will miss the laughter that we used to share. You always were this sweet, but take no prisoners type of woman. I really liked that about you. I...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Michael Dulong - Haverhill, MA

“Peace be with you for this tremendous and sudden loss of a beautiful family member and person. ”
3 of 28 | Posted by: Christine Lamson - Saugus, MA

“To My beautiful Cousin Karen. May God hold you gently in his arms. You are home now with Mom and Dad. With much Love, Cousin Martin ”
4 of 28 | Posted by: Martin Donovan - Family

“So very sorry to hear of Karen's passing. She was a very good friend from days gone by. Always had a smile and a kind word. Condolences to the...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Joe Curran - Friend

“I have so many happy memories of Karen. We were best friends for many years. Rest easy, Karen. ❤ To the entire McManus family, my deepest...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Patricia Rider - West Roxbury, MA

“My dear Karen, my best friend for many, many years. I am so sorry to hear of such a beautiful womans passing. Ill never forget all our good times! I...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Patricia Rider - West Roxbury, MA

“Sorry to the McManus family for your loss. Karen was a special person to me. Will always miss and love her. Paul Bonaiuto ”
8 of 28 | Posted by: Paul Bonaiuto - Chelmsford, MA

“Very sorry for the loss of an old friend .my condolences to the family ”
9 of 28 | Posted by: Tracey Dennett - Friend

“To the McManus family ❤ me and my sister Sue graduated with Karen, she was a lot of fun, kind and considerate. We had a lot of fun and she...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Maura Goodhue - Windham, NH

“So very sorry to the Mcmanus family over your loss RIP Karen you will be missed ”
11 of 28 | Posted by: Thimas Rynge - Surprise, AZ

“So sorry for your loss with deepest sympathies rest easy Karen. ”
12 of 28 | Posted by: Darren Durfee - South boston, MA

“Karen was a very special person to me and meant the world to me. She will always be apart of my heart and memories It's sad to hear that she passed...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Sarah LaBossiere - Sandown, NH

“Karen has left a smile on everyone's face. Her sense of humor and kind spirit are her legacy. I know it is not easy and my thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Joanne Johansson - Fort Mill, SC

“I am so so sorry for your loss. Karen wasdgv one of the funniest people I've ever known! ”
15 of 28 | Posted by: Lori Puleo Rizza - Pembroke, MA

“I grew up with Karen in school in Melrose. I have some great memories of her kindness and great sense of humor. My prayers and thoughts go out to...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Ellen Fusco - Malden, MA - Friend

“I am so sad to hear this news. My heart goes out to the McManus family. So very sorry for your loss. ”
17 of 28 | Posted by: Patty Montgomery (Morris) - WA

“RIP, Karen... ”
18 of 28 | Posted by: Patrick Rosenheim - Largo, FL

“My condolences to the McManus family! ”
19 of 28 | Posted by: Angela Vitale - Jay, ME

“My condolences to the McManus family. ”
20 of 28 | Posted by: thomas fay - San Luis Obispo, CA

“Jeff ”
21 of 28 | Posted by: MCCARTHY - Salem, MA - Friend

“sorry for your loss ”
22 of 28 | Posted by: Keith McLean5

“Entire Mcmanus family I'm so very sorry to hear of Karen's passing One of gods gems rip Karen ”
23 of 28 | Posted by: Anne Ramette - Wakefield, MA

“So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers are with u all during this difficult time god bless ”
24 of 28 | Posted by: Kathy Graham - MELROSE, MA

“Karen, I will always remember all the fun times we have had over the years. The hilarious nights playing bingo that have created inside jokes that...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: Elissa Turner - Manchester, NH

“So many memories of summers at the Camp with all my cousins. You will be missed. William Sousa ”
26 of 28 | Posted by: William Sousa - Millbury, MA

“OMG! My BFF Karen, I cant believe your gone! No more suffering. You will be missed! I❤U. R.I.P. KAREN My Best Friend Forever! ”
27 of 28 | Posted by: Elaine & Allison Donovan - MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA

Karen A. McManus passed away suddenly on January 21, 2020, at the age of 56. Karen was a 1981 graduate of Melrose High School and attended Bunker Hill Community College. Most of her working career was as a Central Office Technician for the New England Telephone Company until she retired.

Karen loved to read, do crossword puzzles, and was an avid movie buff. Karen had a great sense of humor and was easy to talk to. She was beautiful, intelligent and had a heart of gold. Karen was kind to all animals and loved all types of music. She had a collection of pigs in all shapes and sizes. She was one of a kind and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Karen was the beloved daughter of the late Edward & Elizabeth (Sousa) McManus. Loving sister of Debra L. McManus of Barnstable, Donna M. Saunders of North Reading, Edward J. McManus & his wife Judy of Squantum, Paul T. McManus, Glen F. McManus, Shaun R. McManus and Stacey L. McManus-McGuire all of Melrose. Cherished aunt of Ashley Daley & her husband Michael, Wesley Saunders, Edward McManus, Eric McManus, James McManus, Zachary McGuire & Jake McManus. Great aunt of Brooklyn, Jack & Connor, had many cousins and close friends.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Monday, January 27th, 2020 from 4:00-7:00PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose on Tuesday, January 28th at 10:00AM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Karen's name to the M.S.P.C.A., 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130 or @