Karen A. Crissman

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Karen A. Crissman, 55, of Butler went peacefully to be with the Lord on Monday after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Karen was born on Jan. 20, 1959, in Charleroi, the daughter of Sandra Moody Kidder and the late Rev. Thomas C. Kidder.
Karen grew up in Adrian, where her father pastored the Brush Valley Brethren Church until his passing.
Karen was a 1976 graduate of East Brady High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1980, and a master's degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1983.
Karen worked as a learning support teacher for the Armstrong School District for 32 years. She taught at several schools, the last 11 years at Lenape Elementary.
Karen was an inspiration to her family, friends and colleagues as she continued to work through her illness. Karen loved teaching and was blessed with the ability to do it well.
Karen loved watching her son, David, and daughter, Becca, play soccer and other sports. She was an avid fan of Pitt football and basketball, holding season tickets for the latter the past few years. She enjoyed her card club and vacationing with family and friends.
Karen was a member of the Community Alliance Church of Butler where she had led Awanas. Previously, she taught Children's Church and assumed a leadership role in other children's ministries. Karen also had belonged to the Butler Junior Women's Club and had volunteered for several charitable causes. She was a people person who was fun to be with. Karen was kind and compassionate, with a servant's heart.
Karen is survived by her husband, David A. Crissman, and her two children, David and Rebecca Crissman, all of Butler. She is also survived by her mother, Sandra Brown of Adrian; her sister, Sharon Crissman and her husband, Earl, of Windber; her two brothers, Tom Kidder and his wife, Kathy, of Cowansville and John Kidder, and his wife, Gidget, of Worthington; and her many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father and her brother, Christopher Kidder.
Crissman - The friends of Karen A. Crissman, who passed away Monday, March 17, 2014, will be received from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, 124 E. North St., Butler.
A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Community Alliance Church, 800 Mercer Road, Butler, with the Rev. Dr. Dennis Krajacic officiating.
A private burial will take place in the Brush Valley Brethren Cemetery in Adrian.
Memorials are suggested to Life Choices, 118 S. Church Street, Butler, PA 16001 or 13633 State Route 422, Kittanning, PA 16201, with a notation of "In Memory of Karen A. Crissman."
Online condolences can be given at www.thompson-miller.com.

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Published in Butler Eagle on Mar. 19, 2014