Karen Rowe Obituary, Death – At the time of her untimely passing on October 27, 2022, Karen (Aprile) Rowe, 77, of Georgetown, Massachusetts, was surrounded by her two daughters as she passed away at Beverly Hospital. Karen Aprile was the daughter of Anthony Aprile, who passed away, and Madeline (Gaynor) Aprile, who also passed away, both of Lynn, Massachusetts. Russell Rowe, the man she had been married to for 52 years and the love of her life, passed away before she did. She is survived by her sister Ellen Eagar and her husband Jim; her brother-in-law Peter Rowe and his wife Susan; and her sister-in-law Martha, wife of Keith Williams; in addition, she is survived by a large number of cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins. She leaves behind her daughters Danielle, who is married to Thomas Donahue of Danville, New Hampshire, and Heather, who is married to Mark Paquette, Sr. of Tewksbury.
She received her high school diploma from Lynn English High School in 1962 and her bachelor’s degree in art from Salem State University in 1966. She taught English and French in public schools for many years, beginning her career at Holten-Richmond Middle School in Danvers. Later, she moved on to Georgetown Junior/Senior High School, where she was a much-loved instructor for thousands of students up until 1999. She worked in the education field for many decades. She was a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher. Once you entered her classroom, you would always be considered one of her pupils. She made it a point to keep in touch with her previous pupils and was always ready to offer her praise and take satisfaction in their many achievements, both in their personal and professional lives.
Karen spent numerous hours volunteering at St. Mary Parish in Georgetown, where she was an enthusiastic member. She spent her time there administering communion, lecturing, teaching CCD, visiting the ill, baking for events, and participating in the Women’s Club. She was a wonderful giver of her time and abilities both while her children were growing up and all the way through her retirement years. During her fifty years as a resident of Georgetown, she was involved in the community and was an active participant.
Nana Karen’s great-grandchildren Rafael and Daylani Jacoboski, Aiden Paquette, and Kona Paquette, as well as her grandkids Monica, Mark Jr., P. Joseph, and Nicole Paquette, and Thomas and Owen Donahue, made her happier than anything else in the world when she was able to visit with them and participate in their activities. It was very important to her that others share her enthusiasm for dachshunds, music, and the theater. Franklin Longfellow, her miniature dachshund puppy, brought in numerous hours of fun and delight to the family after he joined them.
On Sunday, November 6, 2022, from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M., there will be a visitation conducted at the Conte-Giamberardino Funeral Home, which is located at 14 Pleasant St. in Georgetown, Massachusetts. On Monday, November 7, 2022, at 11:00 AM, there will be a memorial service performed at St. Mary Parish in Georgetown in honor of the deceased. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions given in Karen’s honor to the American Heart Association are gratefully accepted. Please visit the website www.cgfuneralhomegeorgetown.com if you would like to share a memory of Karen with her family.