Karen M. Ghostlaw Smith

April 20, 1963August 12, 2014
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Karen Marie (Ghostlaw) Smith, 51, of Norwood, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 12th. Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of Ernest and Shirley (Sprague) Ghostlaw of Norwood and loving wife of Daniel “Danny” Smith of Norwood. Karen battled breast cancer with courage and dignity, never losing her sense of humor. Her passion was her family, going to all of the kids’ activities and being there for all who needed support, even during her own struggles. Thirty-three years ago Karen was hired by Walter Dempsey of Dempsey's Insurance, and she devoted herself to the company, eventually led by Bobby Dempsey, up through her final weeks. Karen was the loving mother of Ryan, Kelli and Kacie Smith, all of Norwood; dear daughter-in-law of Joan Smith and the late William E. Smith; devoted sister of Glenn Ghostlaw and his wife Deirdre, Wayne Ghostlaw and his wife Amanda and Derek Ghostlaw and his wife Julie; cherished sister-in-law of Donna Oliver and her husband Clay, Peggy Silletti and her husband Andy, William “Billy” Smith and his wife Janet, Mary Ellen Smith and Linda Pungitore and her husband Paul; and dear aunt of many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 16, at 9:00 AM from the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole Street (Rte. 1A), Norwood, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 547 Washington Street, Norwood. Interment will follow the Mass in Highland Cemetery, Norwood. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Friday, August 15, from 4:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Karen’s memory to the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers Breast Oncology Program, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via To offer an online condolence and view Karen’s photo tribute please visit


  • Visiting Hours Friday, August 15, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, August 16, 2014
  • Interment Saturday, August 16, 2014

Karen M. Ghostlaw Smith

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Bill & Caroline Brennan

September 3, 2014

Danny and Billy,
So sorry for your loss. Fond memories of school together with Karen who loved to laugh. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
The Brennans

Karen Mccarty

August 18, 2014

Love you Karen

August 17, 2014

Kelli, our deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your wonderful mother. Here's hoping you have lots of fond memories of her to cherish during this difficult time.
Scarpone Family

AJ Mazzola

August 15, 2014

So sad to hear the news, thoughts and prayers to the Ghostlaw and Smith Families....Rest in Peace Karen.

Patti Fruci Dickson

August 15, 2014

To the Ghostlaw Family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
The Fruci Family

August 15, 2014

Smithy, sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. As always be strong.

Coach Hanson

Kathy Mcgowan

August 15, 2014

The world has lost an angel with a smile brite as the sun rest in peace karen and my prayers to your family

August 15, 2014

thoughts and prayers are with the Smith and Ghostlaw families

Paul Samargedlis and Family

Marty & Courtney Sasin

August 15, 2014

Very sorry for your loss. Know that you are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

Johnny & Maryann Santisi

August 15, 2014

Karen. We will miss your beautiful smile and warm and friendly ways. You were a special lady. You and your family will always be in our thoughts and prayers.