Karen A. Racine

March 3, 1959July 2, 2018

Karen A. Racine, 59, of Manchester, died July 2, 2018 at Catholic Medical Center after a short illness. She was born in Goffstown on March 3, 1959 the daughter of Maurice and Shirley (Lazotte) Gilman. She grew up in Manchester, was educated in the Queen City school system and attended Manchester High School West.

She was the owner/operator of the “Our Clown Around Daycare” for many years. After leaving the daycare, she was employed as a salesperson at numerous area retail stores. Karen enjoyed getting together with family and friends and was known as the person with the big heart who always put others first. She will be fondly remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.

She was predeceased by her parents.

Members of her family include her daughter Amy (Wade) Godbout and her husband Denis, her son Eric Wade, her granddaughter, best friend and love of her heart Olivia Godbout, her sister Frances Lesnick and her husband Timothy, her three brothers Michael Gilman, Mark Gilman and Maurice Gilman, Jr., her niece Angela Gilman and her nephew Jonathan Gilman all of Manchester.

Visitation was held on Tuesday July 10 from 5 to 7 pm at the McHugh Funeral Home 283 Hanover St. corner of Beech St. in Manchester followed by a Memorial Service in the funeral home. Urn burial will be private at a later date.


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Karen A. Racine

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Todd Privitera

July 10, 2018

Dear Karen’s Family and Friends,
Karen has touched many lives. I’m so fortunate to have been touched by Karen’s smile, heart and her undoubtedly big hugs. She has an impeccable family who has a open arms/door policy. Amy, Denis and their beautiful daughter Olivia made it always a fun time with Grandma when I was there. Thank you Karen for always being there especially at my wedding. I will always love you and your memories will keep me smiling and laughing. PS, don’t be mad at Olivia.. accidents happen.. lol. I know your laughing at the whole thing.

Karyn Bourque

July 8, 2018

Mommy, you have taken me and my boys as your own. You were always there to cheer me up or make me laugh. You are an incredible lady. My heart is broken and you will be missed.

Danielle Capelle

July 8, 2018

I am truly blessed to have met Karen and her family. We moved across the country and I became friends with Karen's daughter, Amy, and my kids friend with her granddaughter, Olivia. "Grandma Karen" always treated us like family. I will cherish our family dinners, trips to the beach and our many laughs together. Love you Grandma Karen.

Elaine Godbout

July 8, 2018

Our prayers & thoughts are with you Amy & Eric. Loosing your mom is one of the hardest things. Always remember you’re not alone. We love you, Umma & Umpa

Timothy Holmes

July 4, 2018

Karen was such a sweet lady. She will be missed by many especially her co workers who she became friends with as myself.