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Woburn – Karla Stryker-Currier…

Woburn – Karla Stryker-Currier, daughter of Karl and Doris Stryker, wife of Ronald Currier, died in her home on February 8, 2019.

Karla, lively, fiery, full of mischief, had to create her own opportunities to achieve her success. Raised in a single-parent home, she prized independence and self-reliance.

While attending Cambridge Latin, she worked part-time jobs (occasionally over-estimating her years) in order to provide for herself. Her mature and responsible nature endeared her to her employers who offered her full-time employment.

She found a home at MIT where she worked as an Administrative Assistant for over 20 years. She loved the fast-paced, high-tech, academic environment. The IBM “ball,” a great improvement in academic formula writing, then came a tech wonder—the word processor. At the time, she was one of two people who mastered the technology in MS-DOS. Shepherding, counseling, and seeing students graduate were the best part of her work.

In Karla’s eyes, her proudest achievement was the purchase of a house. A single woman, alone, unsupported, working two jobs and with nothing but her grit and savings, obtained what she never had before—her own home.

Retirement brought the opportunity for a change: perhaps real estate or politics. But change came in the form of a brain tumor. A struggle began that lasted less than two years with declining health, humor, and finally life.

You were my north, my south, my east, my west; my sun, my moon, my North Star. Rudderless, I drift. Fish swim, birds fly, the world turns, but it’s such a dull place without you.
All services will be private. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury.

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