Karen Bergstedt Gronendyke, age 60

of Braintree

Karen Bergstedt Gronendyke, age 60

Karen Bergstedt Gronendyke, age 60, of Braintree, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Friday, January 15, 2021 at Seasons Hospice Milton Inpatient Center.

Karen was born in Quincy, to the late August E. and Christine R. (Ortlepp) Bergstedt. Raised in Quincy and Braintree, she was a graduate of Braintree High School, Class of 1977.

She had lived in Braintree for twenty-two years, previously in Quincy.

Karen was employed as a manicurist in the cosmetology industry for many years. She worked at Salon LaRue on Columbian Street in Weymouth for the past eighteen years and enjoyed many longstanding and treasured relationships with her clients and co-workers.

Karen was a devotee of a healthy diet and lifestyle. She also enjoyed reading, museums, trips to New Hampshire, and especially cruises to Bermuda.

Karen was a selfless person who put the needs of others before her own. Most of all, she was devoted to her family, especially her cherished husband and son.

Beloved wife for twenty-two years of Mark A. Gronendyke.

Devoted mother of Adam B. Gronendyke.

Karen is also survived by many dear friends. She will be remembered for her generosity, loyalty, and compassion.

Memorial Visitation will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, January 21, from 4-6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines. At the request of the family, graveside services will be conducted at a later date.

For those who wish, donations in Karen’s memory may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Processing Center, P.O. Box 863765, Orlando, FL 32886 or Franciscan Children’s, Attn: Advancement Department, 30 Warren Street, Brighton, MA 02135.


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  • My sister, Margaret, and I have known Karen for over 35 years. She was our Manicurist and dear friend. She was devoted to her husband, Mark and Son, Adam. We will miss her beautiful smile and caring personality.

    Mary and Margaret

  • Karen was an only child when she married into a big, loving family. She is loved and will be missed by us all. We are so thankful to have had her in our lives. We send our love and prayers to Mark and Adam.
    Sue, Steve and Paul

  • The Earth lost a treasured friend and heaven gained an angel. Karen was a true friend. Although at times weeks and months would go by between visits, just knowing she was around the corner, walking Charlie, and being was an amazing comfort. We would pick up where we left off and conversation was easy. She will be terribly missed and our thought and prayers are with Mark and Adam.
    Jag berömmer dig, min kära Karen, till allsmäktig Gud och överlåter dig till din Skapare. Må du vila i Herrens armar som formade dig ur jordens damm. Må den heliga Maria, änglarna och alla helgon välkomna dig nu när du har gått ut ur detta liv.

  • So very sorry for your loss. It’s so difficult to lose a loved one.
    You and Adam are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Marcia and Deb

  • Dear Mark and Adam,
    I was so saddened to hear of Karen’s passing. She was such a kind hearted woman. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to know her and have her as my dear friend. I can’t express how much she will be missed, but her presence will be felt forever. Please know that while I can’t attend her service, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.
    Karen Ferrera