Obituary for Karen D. Stipe (Smith)
Karen D. Stipe, 70, of Harrisburg, passed away on February 27, 2018.
Born in Harrisburg on February 24, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Mary Curry Smith and George Smith.
Karen graduated from Central Dauphin East High School. She worked as a manager for Harrisburg Housing Authority, where she became involved in various communities and devoted her time and energy to helping others. Karen also enjoyed playing bingo and had a contagious laugh that all who knew her instantly recognized.
Karen is survived by her son, Shawn R. Stipe husband of Kelly of Hershey; her daughter, Dr. April L. Powers wife of Evan of Portland, OR; two stepsons, Scott M. Stipe, Sr. husband of Ralanda of Fonda, NY, and Christopher A. Stipe husband of Jessie of Halifax; three grandchildren, Dagny Stipe and Colin and Anna Powers; eleven step-grandchildren; a brother, Jeff Smith of Hummelstown; and a sister, Dot Engle of Hummelstown.
In addition to her parents, Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis E. Stipe.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 11 AM in the Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown. Interment will be at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. A viewing will be held on Tuesday in the funeral home from 10 AM until the time of service.
In lieu of food, gifts and flowers, the family prefers that contributions be sent to Helen O. Krause Animal Foundation, Inc., PO Box 311, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-0311.
Online condolences may be shared at www.trefzandbowser.com.