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Karen Marie Ferri

November 13, 1948 — February 17, 2024


Karen Marie Ferri

Karen Marie (Usher) Ferri, age 75, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at her home in Norfolk, Massachusetts, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on November 13, 1948, she was the daughter of the late John and Eileen (Lee) Usher. Karen spent her early years in Boston's Mission Hill Neighborhood, before her family settled in Brockton, Massachusetts, where she graduated from Brockton High School with the Class of 1966. Following her graduation, Karen took a secretarial position at a local business.


Karen married her beloved husband, Mario Ferri, on August 26, 1973, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Walpole.  The young couple made their home on Stone Street in Walpole, where Karen took on the role of a homemaker, raising and caring for her family.  As her household grew, the Ferri family settled into their home on West Street in Walpole, where they raised two children, Lisa and Paul.   As her family grew up, Karen returned to her career, first taking a retail position at the Dedham Mall before finding a job with Gallo's Flowers in Walpole.  She loved being in the floral shop, whether taking orders, helping customers at the counter, or creating her own beautiful arrangements.  Karen spent a short time working as a teller at Foxboro Savings Bank in Walpole Center, prior to becoming a certified laboratory technician at Damian Lab in Westwood.  After learning all about lab work, Karen took her newly acquired skills to the American Red Cross, working in the Dedham lab for many years until her retirement in 2012.


Throughout her life, Karen was an avid Boston sports fan, never missing a Red Sox or Patriots game.   When her hometown teams weren't playing, Karen enjoyed curling up with a good book, finding herself lost in the plot line of a mystery or thriller.  


Most of all, Karen was devoted to her family, treasuring every moment with the ones she loved so dearly.  She looked forward to several trips to Connecticut with her husband, Mario, trying their luck at Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun.  Karen was delighted to earn the nickname "Bubbie" as she welcomed her grandchildren, Jake and Harper.  In her retirement, she enjoyed taking an active role in their care and upbringing.  


Beloved wife of Mario Ferri.

Loving mother of Lisa V. Duffy and her husband, Rob, of Norfolk and Paul M. Ferri of Walpole.

Cherished grandmother of Jake Duffy and Harper Duffy, both of Norfolk.

Sister of Janet Grant and her husband, Michael, of Wisconsin, John Usher and his wife, Paula, of New Hampshire, Elizabeth Plaskus and her husband, Richard, of Delaware, Christine Starratt of Delaware, Tracey Kight and her husband, Michael, of North Carolina, the late William Usher and his surviving wife, Diane, of Pennsylvania, and the late Paul Usher.

Also survived by her many loving nieces and nephews.


Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Karen's visitation on Wednesday, February 21st, 2024, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole.


All are invited to gather in the funeral home on Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, at 9:00 am prior to Karen's Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated in Blessed Sacrament Church, 10 Diamond Street, Walpole, at 10:00 am.  Interment will take place at Saint Francis Cemetery in Walpole.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Karen's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, at 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 or by visiting



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Past Services


Wednesday, February 21, 2024

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home

48 Common St, Walpole, MA 02081

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Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Blessed Sacrament Church

10 Diamond St, Walpole, MA 02081

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