Karen McLaughlin

Karen M. McLaughlin (Antoch)

Thursday, July 15th, 2021
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Karen M. (Antoch) McLaughlin, of Beach Street, Westerly, passed away at Yale New Haven Hospital on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at the age of 56.

Born in Westerly, she was the beloved daughter of Henry “Curly” Antoch and Paula Antoch, both of Pawcatuck.

Karen worked in Administrative Aide for Electric Boat in Groton. She loved the beach and enjoyed traveling and communicating with her friends on social media.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son Timothy S. McLaughlin, Jr. of Westerly; her beloved fiancé Jeffrey Wheeler also of Westerly; two siblings, Stephen Antoch and wife Leslee of Preston, CT and Diane L. Rogers and husband Tim of Pinehurst, NC; her aunts, Nancy Gries of Bradford and Lois Antoch and Sandy Bliven, both of Westerly; and nephews, Seth and Bryce Antoch of Cranston, Hunter and Noah Browning of Preston, and cousins Ronald Gries and Debra Randall both of Westerly; predeceased by her cousin Dawn-Marie Gries Rittacco. Karen also leaves her beloved cat Nemo.

Visiting hours are omitted. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 7 Church St., Bradford on Thursday at 10a.m. Burial will follow at St. Sebastian Cemetery, Westerly. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, July 22nd, 2021 | 10:00am
    Thursday, July 22nd, 2021 10:00am
    St. Vincent dePaul Church
    Church Street
    BRADFORD, RI 02808
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  • Interment

    St. Sebastian Cemetery
    WESTERLY, RI 02891


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Anabel and Cameron Montalbano

Posted at 09:55pm
These three Trees represent Karen and the loves of her life, her son Timothy and her fiance Jeffrey. May her love continue to live within them.

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Marybeth Rayl Posted at 07:54am

I am alumni of RISD of class of 1983 and she is my good friend of mine. My name is Marybeth Rayl (Seymour). I never forget her and my thoughts and prayers to Timonthy Jr, Jeffrey and her family.

Donna Sarti Posted at 02:54pm

So hard to believe. I remember Karen as funny, easy going and especially happy. I remember her parents that way, too. She was in touch with me this past year and I was struck by her positive outlook and determination. She loved her son to the moon and back. She inspired me, really. I also remember Karen as being a very good friend to so many students at RISD. My heartfelt condolences to her whole family and especially Timothy. 🙏🏽🤟🏽

Michele Neubauer

Posted at 05:38pm
Dearest Karen,
Now you have earned your wings,
May your heavenly angels be as sweet as you are ❣️
You will be missed by many.
Tim Jr, May your heart be filled with many flutters knowing that your mom’s love & kisses❣️
Paul Cote & Michele Neubauer


Posted at 12:45pm
My sincere sympathy,
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Gina Lamperelli

Posted at 06:49am
I worked with Karen for a short time at Electric Boat. She was a pleasure to work with and was a kind soul on that was taken too soon. My condolences to her family and friends. Rest in Peace Karen.

Willie and Debbie Tell

Posted at 11:39am
Our hearts break for you Paula, Curly, Steve, Leslie and family. Karen was always so sweet. She was one of those very special people in life who struggled with a handicap in such a gracious way. She was always a pleasure to work with and always so appreciative. She always had a smile no matter how she was feeling. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. We are here for you and ready to help in any way we can.

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