Karen L. Abair

August 26, 1964 - June 4, 2023
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Karen L. Abair, 58, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2023.  Daughter of Barbara (Fay) Abair and the late Richard Abair, she was born in Springfield on August 26, 1964.  A graduate of Ludlow High School, Karen earned her Bachelor’s degree from Elms College.  She worked as a caring and dedicated social worker for the Dept of Child and Family Services for many years.

Karen is survived by her daughters Heather Lelievre and her husband Tom LaReau of Enfield, CT and Alycia Lelievre of Springfield; her mother Barbara Abair and her husband Ronald Jalbert; her partner Ronald Kelley; her brother Richard Abair and his wife Gail; her sisters Kristeen Noyes and her husband Nelson  and Kathleen Higgins and her husband Stephen.  She also leaves her beloved grandchildren Atlas LaReau and Jonathan Colantonio Jr.  In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her sister Kimberly Dominique in 2009.

Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service for Karen on Thursday, June 15, 2023 from 9:00-10:00 AM at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St., Ludlow MA. Burial will follow in Island Pond Cemetery.

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Service Information

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home


64 Sewall Street
Ludlow, MA 01056

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023

Time: 10:15 am

Island Pond Cemetery


Center Street, Ludlow, MA, 1056

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Born: August 26, 1964
August 6, 2018
Mom and Jonathan
Mom and Jonathan
Died: June 4, 2023

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Kathleen Higgins posted on 6/25/23

Karen you are so loved and blessed. May you rest in peace


Jacqueline Engel posted on 6/15/23

Barbara and Ron, We offer our sincere condolences to you and your family at this difficult time of loss. Jackie and Michael Engel


Ally Mansfield posted on 6/12/23

She gave me my soul dog that I grew up with, she was my unofficial therapy dog. Karen was always a kind soul to me?? prayers & loving thoughts to the family ?


Alycia posted on 6/12/23

Momma. Words can’t even express how much I love and miss you. My world fell apart the day you left. I take peace in knowing you’re not in pain anymore you’re not suffering and you’re with grandpa and auntie Kim. I don’t know how I’m ever going to survive without you..in 35 years I’ve never gone a day without hearing your voice. You weren’t just my mother you were my best friend, my whole life. We talked about what would happen to me if you went before me and you know what I told you.. that I’d be right behind you and that I couldn’t live without you.. you made me promise I’d never leave Jonathan and I won’t. I don’t want him to ever feel what I’m feeling right now. You were everything to me, literally. All you ever wanted for me was to be a mother you were so happy when Jonathan was born. Being a Grammy was everything to you. It changed our lives.. you devoted every single day to making sure me and Jonathan were happy and taken care of and I’ll always remember everything you’ve done for us. I want to give Jonathan the life you gave me. I promise I will make you proud.. I miss you so much it hurts. I have this hole in my stomach that I can’t get rid of. I don’t know how I’m gonna get through this life until I see you again.. I can’t wait for that day. I’ll make sure Jonathan knows how much you adored him, always. I cherish every memory I have of you and I will never forget every sacrifice you’ve made for me..I pray me and Jonathan have the same bond that me and you had. you worked so hard to get to where you were I’m glad you knew how proud of you I was..I was your angel face, you were my whole heart. forever and always mommy. I love you always. now your our guardian angel. Forever in my heart. ❤️❤️❤️


Alycia posted on 6/12/23

I don’t know how I’m gonna ever get through this life without you.. you were my best friend, my whole heart. Words can’t even begin to express how much I love and miss you. You loved being a grandma so much, I’ll make sure Jonathan knows how much you adored him. You made me promise I’d stay strong for him if something ever happened to you.. he’s the only reason I’m even hanging on right now. I promise I will make you proud mommy. Forever your angelface. Now you’re our guardian angel. I can’t wait for the day that I can see you again. Always in my heart.


Dottie posted on 6/11/23

Karen’s family. I can not express how saddened I am to hear of the loss of Karen!!! I have soooo many awesome memories with Karen, may all that knew her find peace and comfort in this sadden time. Till we meet again, my friend, rest in peace.???


Raquel posted on 6/10/23

So sorry for your lost. May God comfort you and your family.


David Sady posted on 6/10/23

My condolences to the Abair family and my friend Ronald Kelley. So sad to lose another classmate. Karen was such a nice person who will live on in our memories. May she rest in peace!


Brenda Murray posted on 6/9/23

My deepest condolences to the family. Karen and I worked together for many years... I hadn't seen her for a long time. She was always a sweet soul. Blessings


Karen Drenzek posted on 6/9/23

My deepest sympathy to you all - Heather and Alycia, Mom Barbara, sisters Kris and Kathy and all the loved ones Karen has left behind. May you take comfort in the memories of your loved one and the family and friends that surround you now. May Karen rest in eternal peace. Sincerely, Karen


Yvette posted on 6/9/23

Karen was always the life of the party. We had fun in the 70s & 80s at the Big Y Carnivals, summers swimming in each other's pools, hanging out in the woods with Terri, Dee & Kim around the camp fires. Life is short, we were busy with our children then grandchildren. Wish we had another neighborhood reunion ? Wish you were still here till our 90s. Condolences to all of Karen's family. https://youtu.be/OjGoJFgI71I (Karen's Dad's song)


Gail Breslin posted on 6/9/23

Sincere condolences to the family


Corinne posted on 6/9/23

Karen always had a smile and a kind word to say. She laughed easy and was always ready with a compliment. She loved her family and her face lit up when she talked about her grandchildren. I hope her kind soul rests in peace.


LAURIE CIOCH posted on 6/9/23

The memories of Karen we will cherish,until we meet again,rest n peace my friend !Sooo sorry for your loss to Barb,family and all who knew n Loved her!??


Barbara Racine posted on 6/9/23

In memory of Karen L. Abair, Barbara Racine lit a candle


Millie posted on 6/9/23

In memory of Karen L. Abair, Millie lit a candle


Kristeen Noyes posted on 6/9/23

Karen, We can’t tell you now how much we miss you and love you. All the things we were going to do this summer with just us sisters! You deserved so much more than you have yourself credit for . You don’t know how much you will be missed by us all. You were selfless, never thought of yourself before anyone, if you had your life would have been different, maybe better ! Karen , now and forever your family loves you, I love you and will definitely miss my big sister u til we meet again, you are with Dad and Kim and the rest of our family . I pray you always RIP! Love Nelson & Krissy