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Karen E. Peterson
December 9, 1942 ~ October 31, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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A remarkable soul who touched the hearts of many, passed away on Tuesday October 31, 2023, at the age of 80, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on December 9, 1942, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and originally hailing from Swissvale, Karen's life was a testament to love, resilience, and cherished moments. Karen was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Nell Rose Peterson, and her dear brother, Charles “Moe” Peterson. She is survived by her loving son, Rob (Diane) Burkhart, and her cherished grandchildren, Devin and Bria Burkhart. Karen's family also includes her sister-in-law, Joyce Peterson, her nephew, Kyle Peterson, and her great nephew and nieces, Stephen, Leslie, and Olivia Peterson. Her family circle extended to cousins, Judith Rose of Lakeland, Florida, and James Rose of Somerset. But Karen's impact was not limited to family; she had a wide network of friends who supported her throughout her journey. Patty Palaschak, who, along with her daughter-in-law, Diane, was a constant presence, helping Karen through numerous trips to the hospital and doctor's appointments. Her next-door neighbors, Barb Bostedo and Howie Rice, went above and beyond to care for Karen and her cherished feline companions, Diego and Buddy. A heartfelt thank you to her hospice nurse, Leslie Gore, who became a dear friend, and for Missy Caruso, who provided care during Karen's final months. In her earlier years, Karen enjoyed boating and camping with her son, creating cherished memories. Later, she took immense pride in watching him excel at water skiing after she bought her Ski Nautique speed boat. Her dedication was not limited to her family but extended to her career. Karen devoted 40 years to Westinghouse R&D in Churchill, before retiring from Northrup Grumman in Forest Hills in 2005. After retirement, Karen found joy in the sunshine and serenity of Marco Island, Florida. Alongside her brother and sister-in-law, she relished spending the month of February, basking in the warmth and swimming in the pool. Her friendships also blossomed during her years at Cloverleaf Community in Salem Twp., where she bonded over card games and travels. In 2010, Karen embarked on a memorable cruise to the Bahamas with her dear friends. Karen's legacy is a life well-lived, filled with love, laughter, and cherished moments. She will be remembered for her unwavering love for her family, her passion for travel, and the deep connections she formed with friends and neighbors. As we bid her farewell, let us celebrate the beautiful moments she brought into our lives and the enduring spirit that touched us all. Friends will be received Friday, November 3, 2023, 2-7 PM at the Bash-Nied-Jobe Funeral Home, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont (724-468-8381) where services will be held Saturday, November 4, 2023, 10:30 AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cross Your Paws Rescue, PO Box 745, Smithton, PA 15479 or online at www.crossyourpaws.com. Online condolences may be given at www.BashNiedJobeFuneralHome.com.