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Karen Winnifred Zagorski

Karen Winnifred Zagorski, 78, died at home in Asbury Grove, Hamilton on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. 

Karen was the daughter of the late Theodore E. & Ella D. (Douthwright) Johnson and a lifelong resident of Hamilton. She graduated from Hamilton High School with the Class of 1957.

Karen was a stay at home mother while her children were young, and over the years worked in the food service industry at many local venues.  While food service was her profession, Christian Education and preserving Asbury Grove and its mission to preach the word of God were Karen’s passions.  At both the First United Methodist Church and Asbury Grove in Hamilton, she served as Sunday School Superintendent, VBS coordinator & teacher and as Mission Committee Chairperson at the Methodist Church for many years. She served on the Asbury Grove Corporation as well as on many Asbury Grove sub-committees throughout her life. 

During the 1980’s, Karen organized a group of older women to find ways to make repairs to Grove properties which had fallen into disrepair.  Not only did these women cater social events, hold rummage sales and Christmas fairs to raise funds, they painted, repaired window sashes and poured footings for corporation buildings themselves.  Her current mission was to rebuild the Swedish Tabernacle, lost three years ago due to excessive snow load.

Karen was an active member of the Town of Hamilton.  She served on the Board of Health and was involved in the Hamilton Historical Committee.

Karen lived what she taught and opened her home and heart to many people in need over the course of her life.  She is loved by many.

She is survived by her six children, Lorraine Kulhavy and her husband, Leo of Hamilton, Kathy Kirlis and her husband, Robert of Hamilton, Stephen Zagorski and his wife, Hollandria of Hamilton, Peter Zagorski of Hamilton, Andrew Zagorski of Effingham, NH, and Sandra Meade and her husband, William of Hamilton; eleven grandchildren, Andrew Kulhavy, Abbey Kulhavy, Jennifer Ramirez, Amy Burnside, Eric Kirlis, Stephen R. Zagorski, Thomas Zagorski, Samantha Meade, Marissa Meade, Luke Meade and Emma Meade; and six great-grandchildren, Christian, Noah and Faith Burnside and Charlotte, Isabella and Emillia Ramirez.

Funeral Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Hamilton, 391 Bay Road, South Hamilton on Saturday, March 24 at 10:00 am.  All are welcome.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter FuneraI Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Swedish Tabernacle Restoration Fund at  https://www.gofundme.com/swedish-tabernacle-restoration-fund  or checks may be made out to “Swedish Tabernacle Fund” and mailed c/o Lorrie Kulhavy to 246 Highland Street, South Hamilton, MA  01982.

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