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Karen L. Wagner

1945 - 2015


Karen Lee Wagner leaves behind her husband of 51 years, David G. Wagner. They were married in 1964 and have been each other’s constant companions since.  Karen was a tremendous stay at home mother  to two children, Pamela Diehl and David Wagner, Jr., each of whom were convinced by her that they were her favorite child.   She also leaves behind a son-in-law Steve, and a daughter-in-law Evelyn.  She was also a proud grandmother of seven grandchildren, Shannon Unger, of Leesport, Janene Gulliver, of Williamsport, Christopher Diehl, of Milton, Laura, Nathan, Hannah, and Matthew Wagner, of Gaithersburg, MD.  She treasured every moment that she could spend with all her grandchildren whether it was playing Legos or race cars, making cookies, playing games with ambiguous “kid” rules, or reading books with as many kids as possible piled on her lap. 

Karen was a loving mother and wife who took great pride in her family and her home.  She was a talented crafter and decorator and exhibited her own special flair in her projects.   She was quick with a quip or bad pun, and equally quick with a hug.  Karen was beloved by her friends and family and was famous for her macaroni and cheese and her chocolate chip cookies.   Karen was an enthusiastic card player.  From Country Club swimming pool pick-up games to regular bridge groups, she treasured her card club friends and experiences.   She could also be spotted playing a competitive game of Rummy with Dave that often turned into a spirited discussion between the two.  She loved music and almost always had some type of music in the background.  She liked everything from the 50’s music of her generation to the newer  hip hop and pop.

Karen was an avid knitter and could be often found making socks or sweaters for her friends.    She was a member of knitting groups and enjoyed the challenge of a new pattern and the camaraderie of her fellow knitters.  Karen also loved to travel.  The only place she liked sitting on a hot sunny beach was relaxing at her favorite spot on Earth, Charleston Lake, Ontario.   The lake and its surroundings held a special place in her heart where she made lifelong friends and memories.

Karen led a full life and was loved by many.  Her legacy of love and commitment to family will not be forgotten.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at the Shaw Funeral Home 400 N. Front St. Milton, PA.  Friends and relatives will be received from 10:00 to 11:00 AM with services commencing at 11:00 AM. Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.   

The family requests  that in lieu of flowers donations can be made in Karen’s  memory to the Evangelical Hospice 130 Hospital Dr. Lewisburg, PA 17837; or to the Charleston Lake Association, at CLA PO Box 609 Athens, ON K0E 1B0.



My deepest condolences. I have such fond memories of the times I spent at Charleston Lake. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

David Bzdak

My deepest condolences to Karens husband and family. I will cherish the highschool memories and reunions. You will truly be missed.

Paula (Weaver) Wehr

Pam, I am sorry to hear that your mom has passed. She will remain in your heart and you have so many loving memories of her. God bless you all.

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