Karen L. Patterson, 65 of 900 Grandview Street, Franklin Township passed away in her residence on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 7:00 PM. Karen was born on March 3, 1943 in Ellwood City, PA to the late Carl and Thelma Stoops. She retired from Giant Foods in Laurel, Maryland. Mrs. Patterson was a very spiritual person and had a personal relationship with God and her guardian angles. She was an animal lover and was fond of her many pets. Mrs. Patterson was also a natural born artist. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Dan Stevens of Frankford, DE, a son, D.J. Patterson of Arnold, MD, 2 granddaughters, Cinder Snow and Samantha Stevens, 2 sisters: Valerie Tolbert of Conway, PA and Connie Michlich of Ellwood City and 2 brothers: Carl "Biff" Stoops and Andy Stoops, both of Ellwood City. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2009 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport. A Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Bernard Gaiton, celebrant. Contributions can be made, in lieu of flowers, in Mrs. Patterson's name by visiting her Wall of Remembrance on the American Lung Association's website: www.lungusa.org
When Karen watched my grandchildren she taught the oldest a love of nature and wildlife that she still carries. She collects nuts for a wildlife refuge for the squirrels and loves hermit crabs and rats and all animals. The younger of the two Karen watched she taught to love dinosaurs. She has books about them that Karen gave her and thinks the T-Rex is the best dinosaur there was. Karen will always live on in their memories and hearts as she will in all of us.
This lady here is my grandmother but most importantly my hero she taught me to never fear the unknown and to be strong and that life goes on so be happy for everyday you have...
She taught me only a little of her ever expanding knowledge... She was the most loving caring commpassionate and smartest person i know and i'll never forget her never regret enough spending time with her but ill be gratfull for all the time i did spend time with her and that i was so lucky to have her touch my life in the way she did
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