LISBON- Karen Sue Swope, 71, of Wadsworth died at 3:35 p.m. Saturday at the Justin Rogers Hospice Care Center in Copley, Ohio, following a courageous 19-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She had been a patient of the UH Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland throughout her illness.
Mrs. Swope was born in 1942 in Lisbon, a daughter of the late Donald and Faye (Neal) Lewton. She was a 1960 graduate of Lisbon David Anderson High School, and had attended Bowling Green State University and Youngstown State University.
Karen had worked as the office manager of the Bacon-Cibula Medical Clinic in Lisbon and later as an inventory and production control clerk for Kaiser Refractories in Columbiana, a division of Kaiser Aluminum, and its successor, National Refractories and Minerals Corp. She later served as a volunteer tutor in the Orrville City Schools GED program.
Karen was also an active member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Wadsworth. While a Presbyterian most of her life, she previously served as a deacon at the Milton Presbyterian Church in Rittman, Ohio.
She is survived and will be dearly missed by her husband, Philip S. Swope, with whom she celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 14. She also leaves her daughter, Kirsten (Frederick) Caston of Downingtown, Pa.; two grandchildren; and her sister, Dr. Nancy (Gerald) Girard of San Antonio, Texas.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Craig Alan Swope, in 1987.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home with the Rev. James L. Singleton officiating. Burial will follow at the Lisbon Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Gillman Funeral Home, 360 West Sunset Drive, Rittman, Ohio, and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Tuesday at the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home in Lisbon.
In lieu of other remembrances, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Craig Alan Swope Memorial Fund at the Wayne County Community Foundation, 517 North Market St., Wooster Ohio 44691.
Friends may also view Karen's memorial webpage and send condolences online at www.eells-leggett-stauffer.com.