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Springfield friend  / Meme O'Malley (Friend)  Read >>
Springfield friend  / Meme O'Malley (Friend)
I knew Karen at Springfield and only remember laughter when I think of her. She had the most infectious laugh and it seemed that she was always smiling or laughing! I was so sorry to hear that she passed away and I offer my most heartfelt condolences to her family. Close
Karen brough joy to all who were forunate enough to be touched by her.  / Erika Grubbs (Copen) (College Friend )  Read >>
Karen brough joy to all who were forunate enough to be touched by her.  / Erika Grubbs (Copen) (College Friend )
I just learned of Karen's passing and wanted to share my deepest sorrows and sympathies.  I attended S.C. with Karen...she was one of the most remarkable people I have ever known.  I was on the New Student Orientation Exec Committee when Karen applied to be a leader.  One of the best decisions ever made in the history of that college, I'm convinced, was to select Karen for that position.  She quickly won the respect, admiration, and affection of, not only her group, but all of the incoming freshman class and everyone involved in the program.  There was nothing she couldn't do - a zeal for life, an unmatched kindness, a "can-do" attitude, and a brilliant smile were her trademarks.  Everyone that Karen touched came away with lessons learned.  She truly enriched my life and I have to assume she enriched the lives of all she encountered.

She was a rare and wonderful person who truly leaves a legacy to be admired.  I can only imagine how much you must miss her.  I am grateful to have known her, and I'm grateful for the many lessons and memories which were her gifts to me.  I'll carry them with me always.

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my best memory of karen  / Marion Roberts (coworker/friend)  Read >>
my best memory of karen  / Marion Roberts (coworker/friend)
The first time i ever saw Karen I was applying for a job at Loomis Village, she was coming down the hall and I thought, "that little person is going to run over me."  She didn't.  She hired me and we became friends.  She was one of the kindest people I have ever known.  I was at work when I got the news that my father had died.  She really helped me then.  But, my best memory of Karen is a story she told me.  When she was in college she was on the spirit committee.  The room they were given for an office was in the basement.  Karen said it was gray, gray walls, gray metal furniture, not a lot of light.  Karen got the idea of collecting bits of paint, any color that anyone had on hand.  Then she somehow talked people into splashing it around the room.  When they were done that room had a lot more color.  To me, that was Karen.   She would always find a way to make wherever she was more colorful and brighter.  Close
Iam so sorry to hear of your loss Sue....  / Sandy Gawle/Simmons (friend of Scott & Sue )  Read >>
Iam so sorry to hear of your loss Sue....  / Sandy Gawle/Simmons (friend of Scott & Sue )
Scott and Sue and Family..........

I know we have lost touch over the years but the friendship will always remain. I was so very saddened to read of Karens passing 
I did not know her well but I do know how much she meant to you and your family.I hope all ios well with you Susan I will be thinking of you. Very sorry.

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A neighbor in my need  / Sandy Tourville (neighbor)  Read >>
A neighbor in my need  / Sandy Tourville (neighbor)
 I'm Sandy, Karen's neighbor, whom I will miss dearly. Keren and I always loved late spring or maybe more me. I would start planning my planting after the frosts and good weather would start to bloom and pick a day at Wal -Mart and Fini's plant stands and buy many extra's for my pal next door...(althou she already went plant shopping)...so I would run into her outside or knock on her door and say I have extra do you have any room for me to plant? She would giggle and laugh as always... and the next thing you knew I would have a spot light running from my place to hers so we could see in the dark while we were planting. There were many the fun times too... when it rained all Memerioal day weekend and I had ants in my pants and decided to clean out Karen's gargage...yet she wanted no part of it... but it kept me busy and us talking and laughing about anything and everything...we had fun and a clean garage.
I will and have been missing my giggly friend next door. Close
So sorry to read the news today  / Cathy &. Frank Buntin (friends & coworkers )  Read >>
So sorry to read the news today  / Cathy &. Frank Buntin (friends & coworkers )
We were shocked and saddened to read the news today that Karen had died. Our condolences to all her family, friends and especially Bryan. We had all worked together at the Heritage Park in Holyoke and shared a love for railroading. We met at Springfield College and continued our friendship through the years-even if it was just with Christmas greetings.
This past Christmas, Karen sent photos of her surprise sighting of the former Holyoke rail cars up at the Berkshire Scenic railway.
That was just like her- memorable, sincere, thoughtful and always finding the humor in situations.
We will miss her greatly but remember with heartfelt warmness and smiles all that she gave to others and enjoyed for herself.
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Not forgotten  / Scott Cushing (Friend)  Read >>
Not forgotten  / Scott Cushing (Friend)
Karen was one of the strongest women I've ever known. I don't think the word "can't" was in her vocabulary. Every time I would hear a story about her it always started with "Your not going to believe what Karen is doing now"... No matter what, she was always smiling or laughing to the point it made everyone around her smile as well. She will be missed dearly and never forgotten. Close
SO SAD THAT YOU PASSED AWAY DOLL DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY CAUSE EVERY LITTLE THING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT SAY YOU DON'T WORRY ABOUT A THING  / MATHEW KELLY (NOTHING AT ALL )  Read >>
SO SAD THAT YOU PASSED AWAY DOLL DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY CAUSE EVERY LITTLE THING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT SAY YOU DON'T WORRY ABOUT A THING  / MATHEW KELLY (NOTHING AT ALL )
                                          ANOTHER LETTER FROM GOD            Our Father
        Who art in heaven
                                  Hallowed be thy name
                                                                         thy kingdome come
                                                        thy will be done on earth
                                         as it is in heaven give us this
day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who
trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil
            AMEN!
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 
                 AMEN!
           GOODBYE KAREN ANN LOCHEPELLE
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A Smiling Legacy  / Suzette Wood (College Buds, Forever Friends )  Read >>
A Smiling Legacy  / Suzette Wood (College Buds, Forever Friends )
It amazes me to think of Karen and her gift for living.  She has been my inspiration to try harder, be nicer, give more of myself and smile.  I have never met another person with Karen's abilities and gifts.  Her presence on earth will be missed, but her spirit will live in all those people she met.  

I can not think of a single college memory without thinking of that woman!!!  Airbands in my room....she played a mean racquetball racquet!!!  She always preferred being the lead hair brush though....you know, lead singer!!!  Hopefully our "Sisters" pictures will never show again....but you know....they just may have to.....Let's face it, they are part of our legacy....."I'm So Excited....and I Just can't hide it......."   Ok...a few more....Lisa and I fighting with people for parking in the Handicapped spots......rejoicing over the ramp at Babson Library.....The Car Wash ( sorry )....Hu-Ke-Lau -"she's driving!!!!" ......Oatmeal passes, wheelchair races in the hallway.....front row for the "Skinny Man"........laundry....more laundry.... " I'll be your rusher".....bouncy giggles....." I got you.....better lay off those chocolates!" ....okay, I got you...which side??....and the memories go on and on.....I love you "Little Lush" and I will miss you forever.  We'll get the band back together "upstairs".....!!!!!! Close
An Angel by Your Side  / Angelica Grover (Twinless Twin)   Read >>
An Angel by Your Side  / Angelica Grover (Twinless Twin)
May You Always Have
An Angel by Your Side

“May you always have an angel by your side
Watching out for you in all things you do
Reminding you to keep believing in brighter days
Finding ways for your wishes and dreams to come true
Giving you hope that is as certain as the sun
Giving you the strength of serenity as your guide
May you always have love and comfort and courage
And may you always have an angel by your side
Someone there to catch you if you fall
Encouraging your dreams
Inspiring your happiness
Holding your hand and helping you through it all
In all of our days, our lives are always changing
Tears come along as well as smiles
Along the roads you travel, may the miles be a thousand times more lovely than lonely
May they give you gifts that never, ever end: someone wonderful to love and a dear friend in whom you can confide
May you have rainbows after every storm
May you have hopes to keep you warm
And may you always have an angel by your side”

-Douglas Pagels
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a true inspiration  / Erica Blais (Friend)  Read >>
a true inspiration  / Erica Blais (Friend)

To put into simple terms Karen was an amazing individual but really so was so much more than that. She never let anything stop her and she did as much as she could for herself. I used to help my dad mows lawns, I would mow Karen's while my dad did the neighbors. I was always amazed by her flowers, both the front display as well as her clover garden in the backyard. They were always blooming and so pretty. Now shes making heaven beautiful. Karen is an inspiration that will never be forgotten.

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Memories... / John Golden (Forever Friend )  Read >>
Memories... / John Golden (Forever Friend )
It is so hard for me to even try to put into words what Karen meant not only to me, but everyone she knew and loved.  Even as I write this, it all doesn't even seem real.  

I met Karen in 1996.  She worked with my Mother at Holyoke Hospital.  As my Mom got to know her, she became convinced that Karen and I would hit it off and have so much fun together.  Well, she was right, as Mothers often are.  From the moment I met her, my life changed instantly.  There was nothing we did that didn't turn into a complete adventure.  I saw and did things that I'd never even thought of doing.  I soon realized that Karen and I saw things so similarly, we always joked that we were 2 halves of the same person.  

Some of my favorite times with Karen were:

Our trip to Pottstown, PA for her niece's baptism.  Seeing Amsih country for the first time and her laughing as I was the "Amish Paparazzi".

The night the mouse got stuck in the radiator.

The ride home to your house in the rain when the windshiled wipers didn't work...we completely laughed through the fear!

The trip with Amy to Boston to see the Titanic exhibit and how we could seem to find our way out of the city.

Going to see Rent...I always think of her when I hear Seasons of Love.

Your first trip to visit me after I moved to Orlando and how we did everything in a week.

Those are just a few of the memories I've relived in the last few days, but I could go on and on.  it didn't matter if we were exploring uncharted territories or just sharing a bottle of wine in the backyard, you always made me laugh and see the true treasures in life.  

Karen is very responsible for the person I am today.  I'm doing better with taking the words "I can't" out of my vocabulary.  Change doesn't scare me anymore.  Most importantly, I look at every day as a new opportunity.

Karen also brought her family into my life.  I so enjoyed time spent with her parents as well as Susan, Scott, Mitchell, Brendan and Meghan.  My heart breaks for them, as well as Bryan, right now as I know that there will be a void in all of their lives.  

Time marches on, life gets crazy, moments turn into days, weeks and months...my only regret is the times I should have called and didn't, the missed opportunities, the times I wasn't as good of a friend as I should have been.  Karen, to put it simply, I love you.  There's a space in my heart that will always be yours.  There's going to be a little less laughter in the world, but a lot of better people because they knew you.  I'll talk to you everyday and bring you with me on every adventure I have.

We never said good bye and I won't start now.  I'll see you again, my forever friend. 


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Karen is an inspiration to everyone who's had the fortune to meet her  / Dan Kelleher (friend and childhood neighbor )  Read >>
Karen is an inspiration to everyone who's had the fortune to meet her  / Dan Kelleher (friend and childhood neighbor )
I moved to Edison Drive in February 1973.  We used to walk through the Choquette's yard to Vanderpoel's field to have our neighborhood softball games and picnics.  In the winter, we used to slide down Reed's hill into Scytkowski's back yard.  Dave Firda, Scott Cushing and I built a fort in the woods behind Scott's house.  We'd all go swimming at Jackie Williams' house.  We'd have campouts in Chris Duguay's cabin with all the snacks you'd ever want.  I know most, if not all of you have no idea what I'm talking about but, now when I think of these things I'll always remember Karen, always smiling, always happy.  Edison Drive / Ohm Circle was a community and Karen will always be a special part of that.  to be continued........... Close
Condolences for Sue and Family  / Barbara Rosecan   Read >>
Condolences for Sue and Family  / Barbara Rosecan
Dear Sue, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister, our deepest sympathy and our thoughts are with you and your family.
Take Care,
Barbara & Jeff Rosecan Close
Karen - My Best Friend  / Nancy Golden (Friend)  Read >>
Karen - My Best Friend  / Nancy Golden (Friend)
How lucky I was to have you in my life.  You were my best friend! We shared so many laughs and adventures that will always be special to me.    I will always remember the good times we had together shopping, going out to dinner or just talking.  You were such a special person who accomplished so much and never let anything stop you.  You have touched so many lives and enriched every one of them.   There is a big void in my life now without you. I will never forget you and you will always be with me in spirit.   I will never forget your laugh and your smile.   Love you always and forever my friend.               Nancy Close
I will always remember Karen for the laughs  / Donald Miner (friend)  Read >>
I will always remember Karen for the laughs  / Donald Miner (friend)
I met Karen long ago when she was still at Rehab West.. I was just a youngster then driving residents to their appointments...she always had a smile on her face when I showed up..often time during snow storms. Our paths crossed again a few years later when she started working for Loomis. We have been friends since... alot has happened through the years.

I will always remember Karen for the laughs we had through the years. I  remember one autumn night Karen decided she would like a perennial garden so we went outside with a rope a can of spray paint and her chair and did circles around her bird bath to lay out her garden..I then laid out the vegetable garden...she liked the idea of the vegetable garden but her heart was always in the flowers..and the flower garden grew year after year. 

You never knew when to expect a surprise party from Karen..I've walked into a few of those as well... She loved life , her friends, and to have fun.

I have never met someone who knew so many people...we took a week off to go to my nephew's graduation in florida one time...and if she didn't know people in the airport down there...  Oh yeah..I remember now..karen didn't tell work she was going to Florida on that trip...so she came back from her vacation..."from her parents"all tanned and everyone was wondering how she did it when it was cloudy in New Hampshire..well I guess the cat's out of the bag on that one...LOL 

Karen was always there at three in the morning when I needed someone to talk to or pick me up when I lost my keys. (she looked tired the next day but never complained.)  Her friends meant the world to her. She will always be in my heart and I  have so many stories to tell of our adventures.  I will miss her dearly. Close
My deepest sympathy to Karen's family and friends  / Julie Levreault-Kerchner (Close friend )  Read >>
My deepest sympathy to Karen's family and friends  / Julie Levreault-Kerchner (Close friend )

How lucky we all were to be a part of Karen's life.  She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Karen's family and friends.  I will be forever thankful that I shared time with Karen Lachapelle!  I have many wonderful memories of Karen and her amazing family!  She has been and will always be an inspriation to me! I love you Karen!  Your friend always, Jules 

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THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU!  / DAN HATZIPETRO (JUST BUCK )  Read >>
THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU!  / DAN HATZIPETRO (JUST BUCK )

YOU WILL ALWAYS BE AUNTIE KAREN, A TITLE YOU WEAR SO PROUDLY . YOUR MAJOR MAKEUP IS YOUR SMILE, KIND HEART, SPECIAL LAUGH WITH A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR.    NO BODY REALLY KNOWS THE BOND WE HAVE.  LOOK THE BRIGHTSIDE,WE DONT HAVE TO GO IN THE OTHER ROOM TO TALK. LOL PLEASE HELP WITH THE KIDS , REMIND THEM HOW SPECIAL THEY ARE.  THEY HAVE INHERITED YOUR SMILE AND IF THEY  CONTINUE TO USE IT IT WILL LIGHT  THE WAY TO CHASE THEIR DREAMS THE WAY  YOU DID.   TELL NANA  AND PAPA  THEY DID A GREAT JOB AND YOU ARE WELL.  YOU KNOW AN ANGEL CAN  SHOW IT'S  FACE,  SO ONCE IN A WHILE STOP IN AND CHECK UP ON SCOTT AND SUE.  THEY REALLY LOVE YOU AND CAN USE YOUR STRENGTH. I KEEP TELLING MYSELF  THESE TEARS THAT I HAVE ARE NOT BECAUSE I AM SAD, BUT TEARS OF JOY BECAUSE GOD BLESSED ME TO BE INCLUDED IN YOUR LIFE.   YOU WERE AND ARE FAMILY, FRIEND AND ALLY.  YOU WERE A GIFT  BECAUSE YOUR SUPPORT AND ALWAYS MADE ME FEEL LIKE YOU  COULD RELATE.  PEOPLE SAY REST IN PEACE ,BUT  WE BOTH KNOW THAT IS NOT STYLE  SO GOOD LUCK  WITH YOUR  NEXT TASK.  I KNOW YOU  WILL DO IT WELL .  I KNOW YOU  GOT YOUR WINGS ,BECAUSE I HEARD THE BELL  PLEASE TELL EVERYBODY I LOVE THEM (IT IS KIND OF HARD TO TALK NOW)  AND THEY WITH YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND LIKE THEM EVEN THOUGH I KNOW YOU ARE HERE  I MISS YOU. THANKS FOR THE HELP AND SUPPORT BUT MOST OF ALL THANKS FOR JUST BEING  YOU( AIWONIA EMIMI)   (MAY YOUR MEMORY BE ETERNAL FOR IT IS TRULY WORTHY)     I LOVE YOU AND I AM GRATEFUL    I WILL BE TALKING TO YOU.    IF YOU HAVE TIME OR HAVE TO  DO SOMETHING TO  KEEP YOUR WINGS  TELL THEM YOUR WATCHING ME AND HOPEFULLY I CAN STILL MAKE YOU LAUGH AND SMILE LIKE YOU DO ME.   IT WON'T BE EASY BEING UNCLE BUCK WITH OUT YOU  SO DON'T DISSAPPEAR.     BYE ANGEL  LOVE YA  BUCK(THINKING OF YOU)   AND ONCE AGAIN THANKS FOR BEING YOU!

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You are in our prayers  / The Anthony's (Friends)  Read >>
You are in our prayers  / The Anthony's (Friends)
Some people touch our hearts with kindness,
Some people touch it with love,
Some people are all inspiring,

Karen was all of the above.

In her Angelic form, she is finally free of worries and troubles that burden the rest of us and alive in spirit, with the ability to bless more  people than ever before.

Her memories will live on for ever in your hearts, becoming stronger as the days go on. She will never be forgotten, but remembered for all the joy she has brought.

To the Hatzipetro and Lachapelle families,Our sympathy and prayers are with you,
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To Scott,Sue Mitch,Bren,Meg,Butch and Linda  / Lee Fredette (Friend)  Read >>
To Scott,Sue Mitch,Bren,Meg,Butch and Linda  / Lee Fredette (Friend)
 My condolences to everyone. Karen was a beautiful, unique and incredibly insperational woman! We will miss her enthusiasm, her inspiring smile, and her lust for life. We are all better people for having the pleasure of knowing her. While our hearts maybe heavy in this time of need, we need to remember that she is in a much better place now. I'm sure she is looking down with that big beautiful smile and giving you the strength needed to go on. We love you Karen and will miss you tremendously. Close
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