Karen Sue Ashbaugh-Piredda
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1947 - 2012 PITTSFIELD Karen Sue Ashbaugh-Piredda, 65, of Pittsfield, beloved wife of Robert R. Piredda, passed away peacefully at their home on Nov. 8th.
Karen was born in Lima, Ohio, on June 1, 1947, daughter of the late James E. and Melba C. (Young) Wolfe. She was a graduate of Wapakoneta Sr. High School in Wapakoneta, Ohio, and moved to the Berkshires in 1997 to watch her grandchildren grow up.
Having various employers in her lifetime, the most significant was her administrative employment at HospiceCare in the Berkshires, where she thoroughly enjoyed being part of a bigger cause.
Devoting her life to her family, Karen enjoyed her grandchildren and pets immensely. She was an avid reader and loved her flower gardens.
Karen is survived by her loving husband, Robert, married Sept. 23, 2007, and her daughters, Anna M. (Watercutter) Maffett of Pittsfield, Rebecca L. (Watercutter) McFarland and Scott T. McFarland ("My favorite son-in-law; 'Cause he's my only son-in-law") of Great Barrington and Cathryn E. (Watercutter) Barnhill, also of Pittsfield. She leaves her precious, beloved grandchildren, Trevor and Adelaide McFarland and several furry grand-pets. In Ohio, remain two older sisters, Barbara Symonds and Kitty Boedicker, two dear sisters-in-law, Marlene Ashbaugh and Deborah McDermitt, and a brother-in-law, Todd (Karen) Ashbaugh and another sister-in-law, Antoinette Sicard, from Florida. Karen also leaves numerous treasured nieces and nephews along with the many, many lives she touched with her beautiful smile and laughter.
Karen was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Alan D. Ashbaugh.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Karen Sue Ashbaugh-Piredda will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Martin Memorial Chapel at Pittsfield Cemetery, 203 Wahconah Street, Pittsfield, MA, conducted by the Rev. Rich Hayes, Chaplain at HospiceCare in the Berkshires. Calling hours will be held Thursday, prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Martin Memorial Chapel at Pittsfield Cemetery. In honor of Karen, casual dress (jeans) will be observed.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Karen's name to HospiceCare in the Berkshires or the Berkshire County Humane Society, both in care of the DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield, MA 01201, which is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15, 2012