Karen Sue Ashbaugh-Piredda, , 65, of Pittsfield, beloved wife of Robert R. Piredda, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at their home.
Karen was born in Lima, on June 1, 1947, the daughter of the late Melba C. (Young) and James E. Wolfe. She was a graduate of Wapakoneta Senior High School in Wapakoneta, 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 Hospice Care 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 late husband, Alan D. Ashbaugh.
A brief viewing will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. immediately followed by a service at 11 a.m., both held at the Martin Memorial Chapel, Pittsfield Cemetery, 203 Wahconah St., Pittsfield, MA. Funeral arrangements handled by Dery Funeral Home.
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 Hospice Care in the Berkshires or the Berkshire County Humane Society.
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