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January 30, 2014

Karen A. Shaw

Karen A. Shaw

MARYLAND — Karen A. (Nichols) Shaw, 61, of Maryland, formerly of Sherburne, passed away Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at the Norwich Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

She was born in Norwich on Dec. 4, 1952, a daughter of the late Donald and Mable Angle Nichols.

Growing up in Oxford, she was a graduate of the Oxford Academy in 1970, and attended the Utica School of Commerce.

Following her school years, she had worked for several area companies, including Preston Manor, Champion Products in Norwich, and A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta until her retirement.

Karen married Michael J. Smith, and later, William G. Shaw, both of whom predeceased her.

She is survived by her daughter, Michele Smith (Tim Tolley) of Maryland; three grandchildren, Amanda-Jo., Timothy and Zackary. Also surviving are her sisters, Patricia (Frank) Speziale of Norwich, Deborah Beckwith of McDonough, Dianna (David) Conklin of German and Donna (Tim) Tefft of Oxford; a brother, Donald (Sue) Nichols of Solsville; her stepmother, Margaret Burke of Oxford; an aunt, Alice Angle of Norwich; many nieces and nephews; and her hamster, Fred.

She was predeceased by a brother, Gary Nichols.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, from the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 South Main St., Sherburne.

There will be no calling hours.

Interment will be private at the convenience of her family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815; or to a favorite charity of one’s choice.

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