1951 – 2017
Thompson, CT – Karen (Rider) Shea, 66, of Hiawatha Dr., died Saturday afternoon. October 7, 2017, at UMass Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was the loving wife of forty-four years to Scott C. Shea. Born in Cleveland, OH; she was the daughter of the late Morris and Helen (Shredl) Rider.
Karen was an alumnus of Kent State University where she received her BS Degree in Elementary School Education and where she met her future husband.
On July 14, 1973 in Ohio she was united in marriage to Scott C. Shea.
Mrs. Shea worked for many years prior to starting her family as a Credit Analyst at Data General Corporation.
Mrs. Shea enjoyed tracing her family’s ancestry, knitting, cooking, and celebrating the Holidays with her family and friends. But, above all she cherished the quality time that she spent with her family.
Karen is survived by her husband Scott Shea; two daughters Jill Thomas of Killingly and Valerie Larose and her husband Carl formerly of Killingly; her siblings William Rider and twin sister Kathy Grundman; two grandchildren Daniel Larose and Charlotte Thomas; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother Richard Rider.
Funeral services are private and have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam. Memorial donations may be made in Karen’s memory to the ASPCA, 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128 or to your local “No Kill” Animal Shelter. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.