Karen M. (Roketenetz) Richardson

February 20, 2021

Karen M. (Roketenetz) Richardson

Karen M. (Roketenetz) Richardson – of Billerica, February 20th. Devoted daughter of Adam and Ida Roketenetz of Woburn who predeceased her. Loving mother of Adam Richardson, his wife Marissa of Billerica, Samantha Marasca, and her husband Jason of Billerica. Dear sister to Valerie Oteri and Patricia Roketenetz. Adored grandmother of Sydney and Breah Richardson. Cherished nieces and nephews Alexander, Nikki, and Jared Oteri.  Karen also leaves behind her long-time companion, John M. Cuneo, as well as many close cousins and loyal friends.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, close family and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects on Friday, February 26th from 3-6 p.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. All other arrangements are private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Karen’s memory to MSPCA-Angell Attn: Donations, 350 S. Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130 or St. Jude’s, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

 

Karen Mary (Roketenetz) Richardson died unexpectedly, after a brief illness on February 20, 2021. 

Karen was born February 14, 1948 in Woburn Massachusetts and graduated from Woburn High School Class of 1965.  Always a Woburn girl at heart, she lived in the same Billerica home for over 50 years.  Karen thoroughly enjoyed decorating, entertaining her family for holidays, and special occasions,  with her own special flair for detail. Karen so loved her little spot in the world, of which she was so proud and  where she had wonderful friends and long-time neighbors. 

Karen enjoyed many peaceful days gardening and floating in her backyard pool.  Karen had a love for all kinds of music, but especially dance music of her younger years; Motown and classic rock n’ roll and was always on the dance floor when the opportunity arose.  Karen loved the ocean, went to Maine, Aruba, Mexico, and other beaches as often as she could get to travel.

Karen worked many late and double shifts in the 80s ad 90s as bartender at the 99 restaurant in Billerica.   There she met and held on so tightly , to some of her closest and best friends, affectionately known as the “Bim Squad.”  Most recently Karen was employed for over two decades as the billing manager at Woburn Nephrology Associates where she again developed many lasting relationships.

She loved to spend time with her family, and especially with her younger sisters Valerie Oteri and Patricia Roketenetz with whom she shared an unbreakable bond of love. Together they traveled, shopped, shared many meals, laughs, cries, morning phone calls, or just a pot of coffee, and she truly was the best Big Sister (and sometime Referee) to both.  Karen is forever in their hearts and will always be present with them.

Karen was the proud mother of her son Adam and daughter Samantha whom she loved, cherished, and worked tirelessly to provide for and protect. A mother’s love cannot ever be replaced, and her children forever will miss their beloved mother beyond any words. Karen was also the loving grandmother to 2 beautiful granddaughters Sydney, and Breah Richardson who surely had her whole heart. She is also survived by her devoted long-time companion, John M. Cuneo and wonderful nephews Alexander Oteri, his wife Nikki, and Jared Oteri, and many cousins, all of whom she loved to visit with and share laughs with at family gatherings.  Karen is predeceased by her loving parents Adam and Ida M. (DiStasio) Roketenetz, and as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins and friends who welcomed her with open arms. We will forever miss her warm, giving and generous heart, beautiful smile, and ability to make instant friends with anyone who crossed her path.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, close family and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects on Friday, February 26th from 3-6 p.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. All other arrangements are private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Karen’s memory to MSPCA-Angell Attn: Donations, 350 S. Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130 or St. Jude’s, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

 

 

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, close family and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects on Friday, February 26th from 3-6 p.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. All other arrangements are private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Karen’s memory to MSPCA-Angell Attn: Donations, 350 S. Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130 or St. Jude’s, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

 

 

 

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  1. Karen was the gem of the neighborhood. I can’t even imagine what it will be like not seeing her smiling face across the street. She will be forever missed. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Dianne Connor Carbone

    I remember Karen in High School at the Y dances. Her cousin Diane DiStacio was her bestie then. Really spirited pair, so fun…Also at the Ninety Nine laughing over old times. That Laugh !!! That smile…Loved it. She was a dedicated employee at Woburn Medical and always took extra care of anyone she came in contact with her there. Her family was very blessed to have her as their champion.
    Dianne Connor Carbone

  3. Ellen (Coakley) Szetela

    Val, John and Family, so sorry for your loss. May you hold the fond memories in your heart.

  4. I am so saddened to hear of this loss. I had the pleasure of knowing Karen through my work during the past several years, and I considered her a friend. Karen was very dedicated to her job and I found working with her to be rewarding and enjoyable. My deepest condolences to Val and all of her family.

  5. May the great memories you all shared comfort you all. Karen was a beautiful woman with a bright soul that will continue to shine. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all

  6. So very sorry for your loss. Karen was such a great person. Prayers and love from all the Kenney family. Pat

  7. Thoughts and prayers to all her family and friends.
    Hugs to Valerie and Patty❤️
    Pam and Ray Dunbar

  8. Dear Val – I am so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your precious memories and love for Karen help you through this difficult time.

  9. Angela Tumbarello

    I am so sorry for your loss. Karen was such a wonderful, loving and kind hearted person. She always treated me with such kindness, I will never forget. God Bless and keep her always.

  10. For all the family of my dearest friend in this world, you have welcomed me into your hearts and homes for so many years I feel like your my own. I am so sorry for your loss, I cannot even at this time believe what has happened, I don’t believe I will ever understand this loss of a beautiful, bright star of life and love. I will miss my best friend forever. God Bless you Karen, your children and family always. You will always be in my prayers.

  11. Julianne DeAngelis

    Growing up just off of School St. in N.Woburn I knew Karen well as a’65 WHS classmate. The lovely tribute in the obituary leaves me with regret that we didn’t keep in touch after graduation. My condolences to the family.

  12. The Johnston’s are sending our heartfelt Condolances she was one of the neighborhood moms to all the kids in the neighborhood growing up and to my kids now we Love You and miss you always

  13. samantha and alec i am so sorry for our loss.my cousin meant so much to us.we were looking forward to a girl cousin gettogether at her house this year.i am so glad we did get together in the fall.i pray for her soul love youKAREN LORRAINE

  14. Mary Ellen McAvoy

    Samantha, Adam, John, Val and Patty I am so sorry for the loss of a wonderful mother and friend to so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mary Ellen (Rafferty) McAvoy

  15. Dear Samantha & Adam, I didn’t know your mom well I only met her once at you’re grandparents house but I knew you’re granddad real well he grew up in north Woburn with my fathers family, my uncle and my father were childhood friends, I would like to send my deepest condolences to to you and you’re families. May you’re mom Rest In Peace and May God Bless her soul.

    Sincerely, Jim Brady

  16. Cathy(Clements)Al Cosentino

    Adam, Samatha, John, Val and Patty, so sorry for your loss. I am crushed beyond words to here of here passing. Love to you all

  17. Karen and Mike Manna

    Sending heartfelt condolences to Karen’s family, especially her sisters Val and Patricia.

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