Karen E. (Miner) Parker

September 15, 1954 ~ December 25, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old

Karen Parker Obituary

North Brookfield – Heaven has gained an angel today.  It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Karen Evelyn (Miner) Parker from North Brookfield.  Karen peacefully passed away on December 25, 1:02 PM at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a sudden illness. 

She leaves behind her devoted husband of 50 years, Neil R. Parker; her two sons, Shaun and Russell, along with daughters-in-law, Ginny and Nicole; her three grandchildren, Tyler, Drew and Paige, all of whom held a special place in her heart.  Karen also leaves behind three brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary and Carol Miner, Robert (Bob) and Elaine Miner, and Thomas and Linda Miner.  She was predeceased by her sister, Sheila Levitre (Miner), who left behind her husband, Alan Levitre. She was born in Ware, daughter of the late, Isadora and Estelle (Caron) Miner.  She and Neil have lived in North Brookfield for over 50 years. 

Karen was not only an extraordinary wife, mother, grandmother, Aunt, and friend, but also a compassionate and generous soul who touched the lives of everyone fortunate enough to know her.  She had retired from Cumberland Farms, worked as the North Brookfield Police Department secretary, and at Aubuchon Hardware.  She also worked for her brother Bob, at “Bob’s Deli.”  Her acts of service and selflessness were immeasurable, as she constantly went above and beyond to assist others, even strangers, without expecting anything in return.  Her absence will be deeply felt.

As her final act of caring, Karen has requested that her organs be donated to help others. No funeral services are planned at this time; however, a Celebration of her life will be organized later on, allowing her beloved family to come together and honor her cherished memory.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Fibromyalgia Assoc., 3857 Birch St., Suite 312, Newport Beach, CA 92660 or at or to the Arthritis Foundation of America at

Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St., in West Brookfield is assisting her family with arrangements. 

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Arthritis Foundation of America
P.O. Box 96280, Washington DC 20077

National Fibromyalgia Association
3857 Birch St., Suite 312, Newport Beach CA 92660


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