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Karen Oliver
September 26, 2019


Karen F. Oliver, 79, of Westfield, MA, (previously of Springfield, MA) passed away unexpectedly Thursday, September 26, 2019. She was born January 4, 1940 to Percy and Edith (Johnson) Oliver in Springfield, MA. She always checked the obituaries to see who she knew. So now it's time to see that you know her. She lived a life full of joy, love, and laughter. She was perfectly happy peering through blinds to spy on the world or telling stories of misadventures then laughing so hard she'd wet her pants only to laugh some more. She loved the beach and hated the ocean because the waves could knock her over and "what if there's sharks?" She always had an amazing tan though. She loved food and candy of all sorts, especially if it was a surprise. She loved to read and completed her daily crosswords in the newspaper. She beat her grandchildren in countless games of Scrabble and Yahtzee. She never missed her 5 o'clock news or breaking news text alerts or weekly bingo. Even though she lived a frugal life, she donated to charities every chance she had. She would jam out in the back seat to the most inappropriate of songs thanks to the linguistic stylings of Ludacris. She quit smoking every day. She has been reunited with her parents, her son, Norman Oliver, her sisters, Phyllis Grigus and Yvonne Haff, and her brothers, Ernest, Robert, and John Oliver. She leaves behind her sisters, Sandra Madamba and Gloria Corrineau, four grandchildren: Savannah Perry, and Amanda, Skye, and Heidi Oliver, her roommate and companion, Noelle, her spunky and spoiled 16 year old cat, and so many other friends and family, unnamed but not forgotten. No memorial services will be held, but we wish to carry on her tradition of helping others. Donations in her name can be made to her local library, the Westfield Athenaeum. The Grise Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

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Grisé Funeral Home
280 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA 01013