Karen (Derby) Reif
Thu, 08/26/2021 - 8:38am Heraldgroton
Karen (Derby) Reif, 73, of Groton, died Sunday, August 22, 2021 in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton. She was born on Camp Lejeune, NC on June 12, 1948, a daughter of the late William McKinley and Erin (Johnson) Derby.
She graduated from Acton-Boxborough High School in 1966 and attended Texas Women’s University before earning her associate’s degree from Framingham State College.
Karen worked as a transportation manager at Murray Printing in Westford and held the same capacity at New England Business Service in Groton prior to that.
She was an avid reader, photographer and enjoyed traveling both at home and abroad. She did extensive genealogy research on her family and was active in the “Train the Trainer” program of the Boy Scouts of America. An amateur radio operator, she was a member of the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club and devoted much of her efforts to Emergency Radio Communications. In her younger years she enjoyed riding and training horses. She loved animals of all kinds.
Karen leaves her husband of 54 years, Robert H. Reif, Sr., of Groton; two sons, Robert H. Reif, Jr. of Anchorage, AK; and Stephen F. Reif and his wife Nicole of Buckley, WA; and a sister Peggy Derby of Burlington, VT.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Rd., (Rte. 2A), Ayer. A graveside service will take place on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 11 a.m. in the Sycamore Cemetery in Sycamore, Gasden County, FL.
For additional information or to leave an online condolence please visit their website at www.andersonfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to any animal rescue association.