Karen M. Bartlett

  • Born: March 10, 1962
  • Died: January 24, 2021
  • Location: Dunbarton, New Hampshire

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium - Coolidge Ave.

250 Coolidge Ave
Manchester, NH 03102

info@phaneuf.net
Tel. (603) 625-5777

Tribute & Message From The Family


Karen M. (Welch) Bartlett, 58, of Dunbarton, passed away at Boston Medical Center on January 24, 2021.

She was gifted with a beautiful soul that empowered her with the remarkable ability to uplift her family and care selflessly for others.Her devotion to smiling her way through life lasted miraculously until the day of her passing on the 34th anniversary of the day that she became a mother. She loved motherhood and lived for her children. Her sacrifice will always be remembered and appreciated, not just in the storytelling of the past but in the many forthcoming stories of hope, happiness, and fortune she's created for those she's touched.

She was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on March 10, 1962, the daughter of the late Donald Welch, Sr. and Helen "Nancy" (Pierce) Welch. Her career was one of passion for special needs children. She worked for the Manchester School District for fourteen years as a para-professional at Manchester's Smyth Rd. Elementary School special needs pre-school program, retiring in 2019 to spend her final days with her family enjoying every moment and giving all she could give of herself. In her earlier days, she held various administrative assistant positions and was an aerobics instructor at St. Anselm College. She also volunteered as a Sunday School Teacher at First Congregational Church in Manchester.

She was most passionate about spending time with her family. Hobbies included painting (as her father did), being groovy (like her mother was), regular exercises in meditation and yoga, finding beauty in flowers, solving every puzzle, pulling pranks, wearing her comfy cozies, trying new recipes, having a witty sense of humor, watching crime dramas, chillin' at the lake in Maine, catching the sun at the beach and freeing her spirit in the ocean.

Family members include her loving and devoted husband of 37 years, Douglas Bartlett; three sons, Bryan Bartlett of Dunbarton, Corey Bartlett and Derrick Bartlett, both of Newbury; a daughter, Keara Bartlett of Hooksett; three brothers, Donald Welch, Jr. of Norfolk, VA, Thomas Welch of Meredith, and Shawn Welch of New Durham; a sister, Debbie Welch of Epsom; Mother-in-law Ruby Bartlett of Concord and many nephews, nieces, and cousins and unruly pets.

A memorial gathering will take place at Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 250 Coolidge Avenue, Manchester on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 1 to 4 PM, followed by a memorial service at 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Karen's memory by supporting the Smyth road pre-school children with special needs: www.gofundme.com/f/karen-cares-4-kids

The family acknowledges and respects the current restrictions and regulations due to the pandemic. In accordance, those in attendance are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

To send condolences to the family, view photos, or find more information, visit www.phaneuf.net.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

May God hold each of you in the palm of his hand. Always know our souls are eternal. Though she may not be here in the physical sense she will be with each of you everyday in all ways.
Sending comfort, kindness and peace to you all.
May almighty God bless you all.

Posted by Elizabeth Areyzaga - Goffs, NH - Acquaintance   February 23, 2021

We are saddened to hear of Karen's passing. She was a warm and loving person and her presence will surely be missed. Our hearts and prayers go to Doug and the children during this difficult time.
Bill and Joyce McGrail

Posted by Joyce McGrail - North Hampton, NH - Son   February 09, 2021

Karen, I feel so lucky that I got to work with you at Smyth Road School for so many years. I always knew that the children were in excellent, patient and loving hands when they were in your classes. Thank you for teaching me so much. I'll miss you.

Posted by Jack Oolders - MANCHESTER, NH - Coworker   February 08, 2021

You will never be forgotten! You were such a wonderful person, you always looked out for my sister and I and watched over us when we were little when my parents needed help! You were so kind and loving, I always loved going to your house to hang out with Keara you always made me feel welcomed, and I never wanted to leave. You were always helping others and so kind to everyone! Always had a smile on your face and looked at the positive things! I will never forget everything you did for me! You will always be in my heart never forgotten!! Love you always, Heather Dunnington

Posted by Heather Dunnington - Manchester, NH - Family Friend   February 07, 2021

So sorry to hear of Karen's passing. Deepest sympathies and condolences. What an impressive life!

Posted by James McGrail - Hampton, NH - Family   February 05, 2021

So sorry to hear of Karen's passing and your great loss Doug. We are thankful for having known and spent some time with you both in years past. Love and prayers to you and your extended family and friends through the healing process.

Posted by Bill & Anne Zeller - Dunbarton, NH - Friend   February 05, 2021

Doug & Family, so very sorry to hear this. Such a genuine, beautiful person. Sending my deepest sympathies and wishing your hearts comfort, healing & peace.

Posted by Annmarie Woods - Manchester, NH   February 05, 2021

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So sorry to hear this news, Doug. My deepest sympathies and condolences to you and family.

Posted by Linda Mattia - Burlington, KY - Coworker   February 04, 2021

Sending all my love and prayers.

Posted by Rebecca Gard - Wahiawa, HI   February 04, 2021

Thinking of you all today and remembering many of the pictures. Karen sure made the most of life. It is amazing how fast the decades went by. Beautiful obituary and variety of pictures.

Posted by Jim Bartlett - Bottineau, ND - Family   February 04, 2021


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