Karen Linnehan Crowe Print E-mail


Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend;

Karen Linnehan Crowe, 70 of Seabrook Beach, NH and formerly of Irvine, CA and Lowell, MA, passed peacefully at home with her husband John A. Crowe, Jr. by her side on Friday December 30, 2022, following a lengthy illness.

Born to the late James and the late Katherine (Chadwick) Linnehan, Esq. in Lowell, MA on April 24, 1952, she grew up on Robbins Street and then Clark Road in Lowell and attended St. Margaret’s School and graduated from Lowell High School, Class of 1970. Karen went on to graduate from Lowell Technological Institute (now University of Massachusetts, Lowell), and Katharine Gibbs School in Boston, MA.

She was employed as an aide in the office of Congressman Joseph Moakley as well as in the Massachusetts Probate Court System.

Karen married John A. Crowe, Jr. on May 20, 1977, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell, MA. She filled her years with family and friends in Lowell and Seabrook Beach, NH, as well as Southern California where she lived for over 30 years. She loved to travel whether it be cross-country trips, backpacking through Europe, or the beaches of the Caribbean. She was an avid gardener and reader, and always rooted for the Boston Bruins and New England Patriots.

As a person who cared deeply for many important causes including women’s rights, animal welfare, youth sports, environmental conservation, and veteran’s affairs, she also volunteered in her children’s schools and the community, taking on crucial leadership roles in the regional soccer program and supporting many youth programs.

Besides her husband John, Karen is survived by her daughter Kate, and her husband Greg Pelletier, and their daughter Gabrielle of Barrington, RI, her daughter Karolyne of Norwood, MA, and of course, Karen’s canine companion, Ollie. Her son John "Andrew" Crowe passed away in 2016.

She cherished her siblings and their spouses: James “Jay” Linnehan, Jr. and Patricia (Green) Linnehan, Thomas “Tucker” Linnehan and Heidi (Harter) Linnehan, Susan (Linnehan) Maloney, Timothy Linnehan and Lisa (Mooradian) Linnehan, and John Linnehan and Deborah Linnehan, as well as in-laws MaryAnn Crowe, Raymond and Eileen (Benson) Crowe, and Martha (Crowe) and Richard Hyslip, and many nieces and nephews.

Karen was predeceased by her sister Katherine Mary Linnehan who passed in 1964 and brother-in-law Philip Maloney in 2019.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Visitation on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at ST. ELIZABETH CATHOLIC CHURCH in SEABROOK, NH from 9:30 to 10:45 A.M. followed by her Funeral Mass at 11 o’clock. Private Committal Services will be held at a later date for the family. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Karen’s memory to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (https://www.mspca.org). Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA – (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (8)
  • Marian Quinlan
    Jay, my condolences to you and your family, may you find peace in your memories of Karen.
  • Joe&Mazie Stempkowski
    RIP our good friend, you will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
  • Michele Cameron  - So deeply sorry for your loss
    As a member of your work family, I’m so sorry for your loss, John and Karolyne. My heart is saddened and I’m thinking of you both. May all the wonderful and loving memories help you to celebrate Karen and her life and love.
  • Jim & Lanette Duggan  - Crowe & Linnehan Families
    Words cannot begin to describe our sorrow for such an amazing person. The fond memories of the years with the Crowe’s and Linnehan’s are bountiful, all of which are laced with laughter and love. I’ll never forget John and Karen, with Timmy, took me to my first Bruins game. I got to experience early what it was to be in the presence of a real Bruins fan. Very enlightening. Karen’s wit would always incite laughter and banter, with few people able to match her quick responses. I remember vividly growing up times when Karen and Mrs. Linnehan would pop down the street to visit my parents and immediately my mom & dad would be laughing at the topics and content of the conversation’s. Karen touched many and she will be truly missed. Our sincere thoughts and prayers to all of you.
  • Donna & Tom Corbin
    So sorry for your loss. Our condolences to your family. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
  • Joanne Souza  - My Sincere Condolences
    To All, My sincere condolences and sympathy for the loss of lovely Karen, a lady of grace and class. Karen will be sorely missed by her family and friends. John, my thoughts are with you and all the Linnehans as you grieve Karen. May she Rest in Peace. Peace. Joanne Souza
  • Darlene Pitchford  - Karen
    John, Katie and Karolyne: So very sorry to learn of Karen’s passing. I am heartbroken. I had no idea she was ill and had just friended her on FB. I thought she was still in Irvine She was a wonderful friend to me when we lived in Kite Hill. She was so bright, caring and understanding. She will always be in my heart. Sending loving thoughts to you all. Darlene
  • Roberta Woelfel  - Linnehan and Crowe Families
    So very sorry for the loss of Karen. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
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