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.
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
checks may be made out to “Swedish Tabernacle Fund” and mailed c/o
Lorrie Kulhavy to 246 Highland Street, South Hamilton, MA 01982.