KAREN LEA POSE, 61, passed away on Good Friday, April 18, 2014 at her home. She was born on Fathers' Day 1952 in Conn-ersville, Ind. Karen attended Lafayette Central School and was a graduate of Elmhurst High School (1970) and of Ball State University, where she earned a BA (1974) and MA (1980) in Music Education. She retired from her career as an elementary music teacher for Fort Wayne Community Schools in 2010, after 36 years. A lifelong Christian, she devoted her musical talents to the praise of her Lord, the uplift of her congregations, and to the benefit of her fellow performers. Especially well remembered are the productions she did with the children of her churches. She was at various times choir director, church accompanist, and handbell director at Waynedale United Methodist and Faith United Methodist. She was an active member in several music organizations, such as SAI, MENC, IMEA, NEA, AGEHR, and often participated in Walk to Emmaus. She also supported the American Red Cross, Arts United of Fort Wayne, and the Fort Wayne FAME Festival. Karen was an enthusiastic alumnus of Ball State, attending many home football games. For many years she could be seen playing in the Second Time Arounders Marching Band in the TRF Parade. Opportunities to travel were a highlight of her life, including: Austria, Canada, Japan, Costa Rica, and three memorable trips to the American West. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, James M. Pose; and her two sons, Justin Pose and Nathan Pose, both of Fort Wayne; also surviving are her mother, Bronna Beth Boling; sisters, Marcia Perry, Elaine Cunningham, and Joyce Engel; brother-in-law, David Pose; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Pose; and grandson, Joseph Pose. She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Leon Boling. Funeral service is 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Waynedale United Methodist Church, with calling from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Pastor Denise Lapsley officiating. Visitation also from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the church. Pallbearers will be Karen's nieces and nephews. Interment will be at Nine Mile United Methodist Cemetery. Flowers may be sent to D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home or to the church; memorials to Arts United of Fort Wayne. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Apr. 20, 2014