Karl Oliveira
1964 - 2021
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Karl Oliveira, 57, sadly passed away unexpectedly April 26, 2021. He was born March 13, 1964 in Palmer, son of Bernice (Frydryk) of Three Rivers and the late Anthony Oliveira. Karl has been a lifelong resident of Palmer and graduated from Palmer High School in 1982. Karl has been instrumental in organizing all of his class’s high school reunions, holding regular meetings at St. Joe's, along with serving as an officer on their committee. He continued his education at WNEC, obtaining his BA in Mathematics. For the past 10 years, Karl worked at Lincoln Financial Group, previously employed at various insurance and financial institutions in the area. A longtime, well-known W.MA baseball star, Karl was the only non-professional baseball player inducted into the Western Mass Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019. His love for the game of baseball and competitive edge in the Tri-County League was evident to all fellow players and spectators. He was meticulous and took much pride in his home, lawn and yard. Karl was always busy and could fix anything. As a natural leader, he served as officer in the Tri-County League and St. Joe's Club. The many circles of friends and co-workers are numerous. Along with his mother, he is survived by his high school sweetheart, wife of 30 years, Karen (Leduc) Oliveira, along with their three children, Kristen and husband William Contois, Beth and Nathan Oliveira, all of Palmer. He also leaves his mother-in-law, Betsy Leduc, and siblings, Diane and Joey Smola, Linda and Ken Hylind, Tina Oliveira, Mark Oliveira and Beth, Lisa Oliveira, David Oliveira, and Janice Kucewicz along with many nieces and nephews. For everyone's health and safety, a walk through visitation will be held Monday, May 3rd at the Beers & Story Palmer Funeral Home. From 3:30-4:00 p.m., the time will be reserved for elderly and immune compromised with public visitation from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, May 4th at Divine Mercy Church at 10:00 a.m. with a private burial for the family at a later date. Kindly meet directly at the church, 2267 Main St., Three Rivers, MA 01080. Thank you for your understanding and consideration with keeping everyone safe. In lieu of flowers, a Go Fund Me has been set up-Karl Oliveira Memorial. Please visit www.beersandstory.com


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Published in The Republican from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2021.
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May 4, 2021
It’s hard to find the words to express how sorry we are for your loss.
Karl/your dad touched so many of us. I was lucky to work with him at Merrill Lynch. He was always positive and fun to be around. Paul, Jeff, and Ryan loved him as a teammate on the Navigators. His joy for baseball was infectious. He'll always be "The Legend". We’ll miss his smile and laughter. Sending our deepest sympathies to all of you.
Kristen Beturne
Friend
May 4, 2021
Dear Karen and family, we are so sorry for your loss. I played basketball and Myra worked with Karl at Monarch many years ago. I remember his warm smile, easy laugh and kind eyes. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult days, Bob and Myra Schnepp
Bob Schnepp
Acquaintance
May 3, 2021
Dear Karen and Family - I was sadden to hear of Karl's passing. I had the pleasure of working with him at Monarch/Merrill for many years and then again at MassMutual. He was a great person and I'm not only proud to call him a colleague but a friend as well. I will pray for peace for the family during this very difficult time.
Sonja Shaw
Friend
May 3, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
James Van Houten
Friend
May 3, 2021
Dear Karen & family,

Sorry to learn of Karl’s passing. I enjoyed traveling to ball parks with him and the golden bears team in college and he was a exceptional player and person (on and off the field). I lost touch with him after college as we both married and started our families. One thing is for sure he loved three things in life...Karen (and his children), everything to do with the game of baseball and his car - in that order. Sending my thoughts to you as you grieve his untimely passing.
My deepest sympathy,
Stephanie (Barr) Pellegrini / WNEC Baseball Manager
Stephanie (Barr) Pellegrini
Classmate
May 3, 2021
Karen & kids, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of a great husband and father. I was lucky enough to coach Palmer Youth Baseball with Karl. His knowledge of the game was incredible. I learned a lot, about the little things, that one needs to do to be successful at baseball. He was a better person. I will miss seeing him on Sunday mornings at church. Rest in Peace, Karl
Scott C Day
Friend
May 1, 2021
So Sorry for Your Loss! My Deepest Condolences to You All and Your Families and Friends!
Jody Sawyer
Acquaintance
May 1, 2021
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April 30, 2021
Karen and family, on behalf of the Fenton Family, I want to offer our heartfelt condolences. We knew Karl as a player, coach/manager, family man and always a classy gentleman. He always had time to spend talking about his family, baseball and Tri-County with my parents...at a game or in the store. He will be missed. So sorry for your loss, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Take care,
Cris (Fenton) Kubik
Cris Kubik
April 29, 2021
Dear Karen, I am so sorry to hear of Karl's passing. Please know you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers!
Jackie LaPierre
Coworker
April 29, 2021
My heart breaks for Karl and his whole family. He was truly one of the good ones and will be missed.
Lynne (McCloskey) Peterson
Classmate
April 29, 2021
I am heartbroken. We all were so lucky to have worked with Karl - and our Merrill Lynch family is forever impacted by his loss. That smile, laugh and just so much fun to be around. Karen - you were truly the love of his life, and I am thinking of you and sending lots of positive thoughts as you work through this
Trish ODonnell
Trish ODonnell
Coworker
April 29, 2021
Thoughts and Prayers to Karen and the kids. Will be so missed! Heaven has a new 1st class citizen.

David D.
April 29, 2021
I had the honor of being Karl's teammate on the Tigers in the 28+ league. He was a great teammate and even better person. Prayers for Karl's family and hope they find strength during this difficult time.
Tom Bedard
Friend
April 29, 2021
Dear Karen, Kristen, Beth & Nathan, we are deeply sorry to hear about your beloved Husband and Father's passing. There are just no words for this kind of loss. Our hearts hurt along with you. We pray that God will bring you comfort over these coming weeks, strength when you need it and that memories bring you a sense of peace. Thinking of you all and sending our love to you. God Bless Karl and all of you.
Love, the Berthel Family
Friend
April 29, 2021
i was lucky enough to have worked with Karl, he always had a smile and a good story to tell. sending my heart felt condolences to his family.
Tina Rivera
Coworker
April 29, 2021
Still in disbelief...Karl and I played against each other on the day after TCL President Kevin McGurk passed during the 2019 season. We held a ceremony on the mound at St. Joe's, and as it wrapped up, he said to me (with a grin and a head nod), "Do you think they'll do this for us in 30 years?" I answered him by saying, "That's a no-brainer, for you 9!"
I honestly don't think he ever truly realized how much we all loved him and how thankful we were for the time and energy he put into keeping the Tri-County League going.
Hopefully, he's hearing and seeing this outpouring of adulation by the thousands of people he's affected!
Life can change in the blink of an eye.
My hope is that there's a game being played in heaven right now, and that your knees feel great, and that swing got back some of its old speed, and there's a cocky right-hander on the mound, with a weak slider. Your dad's in the stands, and Kevin is behind the plate. Every day, all nine innings, for eternity.
Number Nine...you, Karen, and the kids are in our hearts and prayers.
Miss you, Bro...baseball will never be the same for me.
Eric Emet
DiFranco Realty
Eric Emet
Friend
April 29, 2021
Heart broken to hear of Karl's passing. He was one of the best people I've ever met. I'll miss those Brown Eyed Girl texts from him. My thoughts are with Karen and his entire family. Hope you can take comfort knowing how much he was loved by all of us.
Lynne Merriam
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April 29, 2021
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April 29, 2021
Karen, Kristen, Beth and Nate, we are so sorry to hear about Karl. A truly great guy. I know I miss coaching our girls mostly for the fact that I didn't get to see Karl as much anymore. He was always positive, always had a smile and truly was a natural leader and someone that you looked forward to being around. That's a special quality. He is in our prayers and so are all of you. Joe, Sue, Franki and Gianna Bonfitto
Joe Bonfitto
Friend
April 29, 2021
I spent a year sitting next to Karl at MassMutual and always appreciated his ability to balance work and play/family and make it seem effortless. May nice memories of the times he spent with you all carry on and serve as a reminder that the important things in life are values Karl carried with him every day. Please accept my sincerest condolences.
Jeff Mitchell
Coworker
April 29, 2021
April 28, 2021
Karl is truly a great person. I am honored to have known him and thankful for the many times I’ve been able to be in his company for family gatherings a friendly hangouts. My heart feels a bit empty right now but his memory will be with me for the rest of my life.
Forris Day Jr
Friend
April 28, 2021
My sincere condolences to entire family. Karl was a wonderful student, admired by all who met him. He was very special, one of kind. Again, i am so sorry for your tragic loss.
John Daugela
Teacher
April 28, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear about Karl. I worked with him at MassMutual and he was always so nice and friendly and we all liked working with him. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family.
Anita Nogueira
Friend
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