Karen M. (Foley) Geary

December 2, 2017

Karen M. (Foley) Geary

KAREN M. (FOLEY) GEARY – of Stoneham, Saturday, December 2nd, at sixty-six years of age. Cherished mother of Colin Quigley, his wife Angela of Medford, Dana Quigley, his wife Jillian of Waltham and Meaghan Geary of Stoneham. Very special “YaYa” to Rowan and Scarlett Quigley. A Memorial Service will be held at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, December 8th at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours in the Funeral Home on Friday, December 8th from 4-8 p.m. Please at the family’s request in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Karen’s honor to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or www.REACHMA.org. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch–Cantillon Funeral Home.

Obituary

Karen M. (Foley) Geary of Stoneham, formerly of Woburn, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 2nd at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading. She was sixty-six years of age.

Born and raised in Winchester, Karen was an only child to the late Robert and Marjorie (Boyle) Foley. She attended Winchester Public Schools, where she received her diploma in 1969. Following graduation, Karen began her career working for the New England Telephone Company.

Karen was a woman who put her heart and soul into raising her three children, who were the love of her life. Her family and close friends were her entire world, especially her grandchildren, who she adored. She loved socializing with people and making them laugh.

For the past few years, Karen had been working in retail at the Sister Thrift store in Burlington. It was a place very special to her because of all the people she met throughout her time there. She considered both the people she worked with and the customers who came in as family and she loved them all. She was a very close friend of Lois W. and was a strong advocate for women’s health and safety.

Two of Karen’s passions in life were music and theater. Though she had a love for all music, she was a Bruno Mars fanatic! She had unique style and flair, dressing up for special gatherings or holidays, and she loved doing it big on Halloween! She enjoyed taking rides to get her favorite ice cream on the North Shore and loved going to Boston’s North End to eat the amazing Italian food.

Karen will always be remembered for her selfless, funny, and flamboyant personality and will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives she touched.

Karen is lovingly survived by her children Colin Quigley, his wife Angela of Medford, Dana Quigley, his wife Jillian of Waltham and Meaghan Geary of Stoneham. Very special “YaYa” to Rowan and Scarlett Quigley. A Memorial Service will be held at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, December 8th at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours in the Funeral Home on Friday, December 8th from 4-8 p.m. Please at the family’s request in lieu of flowers; remembrances may be made in Karen’s honor to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or www.REACHMA.org. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch–Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. I’m still stunned and I still expect to meet you at DD for coffee, laughs and chat about life. I think it was the last time we were supposed to meet when we went to DD’s in different towns! I was in your town and you were in mine. So it became a phone chat.

    Karen was such a good story teller. And I loved hearing her love for her 2 grand daughters and her own children. She was so proud of the name that Rowen called her, YayYa.
    Another friend of Lois,
    Elizabeth

  2. Karen and I were hockey mothers. I enjoyed her company at the Joyce/O’Brien Rink for many years. I still think of her as I drive by her cape house in Woburn. RIP Karen.

    Arlene Lane

  3. Having grown up spending a significant amount of time with Colin & Dana from 4 to 11 yrs old, I have numerous terrific childhood memories of Karen. Having my own children, these memories take on an entirely deeper meaning. How Karen was able to work, run her kids to baseball, soccer, hockey practice etc…and still always appear happy, upbeat & ready to have another “high energy” kid at her home playing with her kids, & hosting sleep overs, is truly not human…never mind that throughout this period both Karen and my Mom were single moms…simply amazing. This connection is likely a reason why Karen and my Mother’s connection lasted long after all us kids were grown…nearly 40 years. Thanks for the terrific memories Karen and for being a life long friend to my Mother. My condolences to Colin, Dana, Meghan and all you friends and family.
    Pete

  4. Thank-you Karen for your contagious laughter and for helping me everyday thru one of the roughest years of my life. You were and are my angel and I thank you so much for being you and sharing in life. Love you Lady. ~ Renee Desper, friend of Lois W.

  5. Collin, We are so sorry for your loss. You, Angela and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Danielle & Matt Spicer

  6. Karen was a wonderful joyful woman who saw the best in and of everything. She will be sorely missed on this planet. Janet Hurley

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