Karen Raggio-Ferriera ’85 was born in San Jose and graduated in 1980 from Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, earning her bachelor’s degree in retail marketing from SCU. During school she supported herself, working first at Carousel in Morgan Hill, then later at Bullock’s in San Jose. Following her graduation, Karen forged a very successful career in retail, holding management positions in Bullock’s, then later both as a buyer in Kitchen appliances for Macy’s and finally as a store manger for the Macy’s Monterey store. She later moved to Jones of New York, managing their store upon the opening of the Gilroy Outlets. Karen gave up her full-time career at the birth of first child Andrea and remained an amazing mother to Andrea and brother Alex, all while supporting Derek’s financial planning practices part time in HR and finance. While in high school she marched in the National Champion Live Oak Emerald Regime marching band under Mike and Crickett Rubino and also participated in the Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl parades as a clarinet player. She was an amazing lover and advocate for her many cats and dogs. She loved to feed the hummingbirds in her backyard and watch them play and feed. She had a green thumb and loved growing her orchids and sharing them as they bloomed with her neighbors, family, and friends. Her favorite vacation was sunning on the beaches of Hawaii, where she spent many happy days dipping in the waves between reading her romance novels. She passed away peacefully on Jan. 17, 2020, and touched many lives with her caring nature.  Karen is survived by her husband Derek, her daughter Andrea of Kailua, Hawaii, and son Alex of Los Angeles; her parents Karl and Linda Raggio of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; her brother and sister-in-law Jeff and Nancy Raggio and niece Sofia of San Carlos; her sister Kim Vega of Morgan Hill; niece Mandi Hawkins; and her two great-nieces, Aliya and Andrea, and great-nephew Mateo, and their father, Israel Banuelos. She is also survived by nieces Jasmine Higgins and Lillah Ferriera and nephews Elias, Aidan, and Noah Ferriera.

01 Feb 2020