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June 22, 2013
Karen L. Cooper Schantz went to meet the Lord on Saturday at 295 Gernants Church Road, Leesport, where she last resided with her loving companion, Raymond L. Ernst.
She was a daughter of the late Ralph W. Cooper Sr. and Dorothy V. Hunsinger Cooper. She was born on Aug. 21, 1940, in Berwick.
Karen graduated from A.D. Eisenhower High School, Norristown. She had a business administration certificate from Penn State University Berks campus and a titling and licensing certificate from the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
Karen was involved in many organizations in her lifetime. She was a member of The Red Hat Society, Reading Chapter and Central Berks Lions Club of Center Port. She was also a member of Union Fire Company No. 1, Leesport, where she held positions of president, treasurer and secretary. Karen also held the positions of president and vice president for the Huntzinger/Hunsinger Family Association. She belonged to Cross Roads Corporate Centre Property Owners' Association, where she held the position of secretary/treasurer.
Karen worked as a secretary/office manager for Robert Emig Products Inc., Morris Berman doing business as Berman Freightliner, Lessport, Group One Properties, Inc., last working for Honey Bee Gardens, West Reading.
Karen was also the owner/operator of Moselem Hotel in Moselem from 1974 to 1976.
In addition to her parents, Karen was predeceased by a son, Charles D. "Chuckie" Schantz Jr.; and a brother, Ralph W. Cooper Jr.
In addition to her loving companion, she is survived by two brothers, Richard A. Cooper, husband of Phyllis, Douglassville, and Ronald P. Cooper, husband of the late Sherry and May Cooper, Perkiomenville; two sisters, Sonya R. Mathieu, wife of Edward, Biddeford, Maine, and Susan A. Pawlowski, wife of Gerald V., Orwigsburg; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29, from the Leibensperger Funeral Home, 223 Peach St., Leesport, with Pastor Lee Stauff of Grace Bible Church, Orwigsburg, presiding. She will be laid to rest next to her son in St. Paul's Cemetery, Red Rock. Visitation with the family will be a 1 p.m. Saturday. Contributions in Karen's memory may be made to Central Berks Lions Club, P.O. Box 302, Centerport, PA 19516-0302, or Union Fire Company No. 1, 11 S. Canal St., Leesport, PA 19533.
Published in Republican & Herald from June 26 to June 27, 2013