Karlene Coyan, 71, of Powell, Ohio, passed away Tuesday (April 16, 2013).
Preceded in death by parents Eugene and Mary Elizabeth Stark.
Survived by husband, Carl; daughter, Megan; son Zachary (Haruka); daughter Maureen; and sisters Gretchen (Robert) Pesut, Sharon (James) Ochsenhirt, Pamela (John) Mozola and Deborah (Randall) Swanson, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Born in Steubenville, Ohio and raised in Coshocton, Ohio, Karlene moved to the Columbus area to attend The Ohio State University and obtained an Bachelor of Sciences in Mathematics. While attending Ohio State, Karlene was a member of the sorority Alpha Xi Delta and forged relationships with her sisters that are still strong today. With her talent for the sciences, and encouragement from her father, she earned a Master's Degree in Computer Science in 1967 and went on to work for The Ohio State University for 37 years using that knowledge.
During her tenure with the university, Karlene worked as a Senior Computer Specialist for University Systems. During the early 1970s she played an integral role on the automation team for the University Library's card catalog system and circulation system, which was one of the first automated library systems in the U.S. She also worked with University Development in converting Alumni and Donor databases.
Always one to keep active, Karlene enjoyed gardening and plant propagation, reading mystery novels and spending time with family and friends.
She was also a proud Buckeye and loved attending Ohio State football games, both home and away. Friends and family may call from 2 pm to 5 pm Sunday at Schoedinger Worthington Chapel, 6699 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, Apr. 22 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, 6899 Smoky Row Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235. Father Justin J. Reis, Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to People In Need, Inc. of Delaware County Ohio, 138 Johnson Drive, Delaware, OH. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to share memories or extend condolences to her family.
Published in The Delaware Gazette on Apr. 19, 2013