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Karen Diane Sherlock

November 3, 1948 — March 19, 2021

Karen Diane Sherlock, of Hooksett, NH passed away peacefully, with her daughter and son-in-law by her side, on March 19, 2021 after a brief but heroic battle with COVID-19. She was 72 years old.

Born in Lawrence, KS on November 3, 1948 she was the daughter of John L. and Cathryne (Schmidt) Abel, Jr. Her early years were spent in Kansas, Colorado, and Florida. Karen graduated from Winter Park High School in Winter Park, FL, Valencia Junior College in Orlando, FL, and achieved her Bachelor's Degree in Teaching from Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH.

Karen spent the majority of her working career as the partner and manager of Sherlock Appraisal Associates, where she worked for over 30 years. Her dedication to the business and commitment to their employees was essential to the success of the company. More recently, in her retirement, she worked as a lunch lady for the Hooksett School District where she met many new friends.

Karen's true joy was her family and close friends. She was a loving and supportive mother, and an amazing Grammy, always having time to make jam, cookies, pickles, or tell stories of her many adventures. She loved to travel and cook, one of her favorite places being Nantucket, where she spent a week or two every summer for almost 40 years. She generously shared these loves with her friends and family. She was the devoted wife, business partner, musical collaborator, and muse to her husband, Mike Sherlock. Their 46-year marriage was filled with love, laughter, and music. Inseparable in life, they are now reunited for all time.

Family members include her daughter, Shawne Sherlock Broderick and her husband Mac Broderick of Hooksett, NH; her grandchildren, Chance, Macy, and Sawyer Broderick, Jack Ledwell; her honorary granddaughter, Josane Cumandala; her brother and sister in law John and Jane Abel of Columbia, MO; a niece Haley Abel and her husband Eric Duncavage and their children of St. Louis, MO; and a nephew Mark Abel and his wife Katie and their children of Avondale Estates, GA. She will also be missed by her extended family which includes many aunts, uncles, and cousins in Kansas.

A private celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, Attn: Donor Services, 1818 Library Street, Suite 500, Reston, VA 20190 (

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Manchester, is assisting with arrangements.
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