North Andover — Karen Patricia Milligan Wittbold was the daughter of Arlene Meloni and Richard Milligan, sister of the late Robert Milligan. Incredibly devoted and fiercely protective mother to her seven children, William III, Kurt, Margaret, Kelley, Sean, Patrick and Kieran, and her four-legged children Lexi, Eyva, and Louie. Adoring grandmother to Jackson and Wolfgang. Reunited with her beloved husband, the late William Marion Wittbold Jr.
Karen grew up in Port Chester, N.Y. where she attended The School of the Holy Child and put herself through Manhattanville College. She then went on to graduate from the NYU School of Nursing, and subsequently dedicated her life to a career in both cardiac and neonatal intensive care.
Together with her husband Bill, she raised her family in North Andover. She was an integral member of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s One-to-One Volunteer Program where she offered her compassion, wisdom, and support to those enduring the trials and tribulations of the cancer experience. Karen also was a respected and loved member of St. Michael’s Parish, where she provided food and assistance to those less fortunate for the duration of her time in North Andover.
Karen shared a life of wholesome richness with her husband Bill and found intense happiness when surrounded by her children and friends. She loved the ocean, cooking big meals for her family, and spending time with her incredibly caring, generous, and tight-knit friends of the North Andover Community. She has touched the lives of so many people through her warmth and kindness.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Michael’s Church, North Andover. Burial will follow at the Ridgewood Cemetery in North Andover. For online condolences please visit our website at www.contefuneralhomes.com
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wittbold Scholarship Foundation, to benefit students from the North Andover High School graduating class who display courage, strength of character, a love of life, and a determination to succeed. Donations may be made out to: The Wittbold Scholarship Foundation, TD Bank, 108 Main Street, North Andover, MA 01845 or in person at any TD Bank branch.