Karen A. Brek, 66, of Luzerne, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
She was a daughter of the late John and Anna Brek of Luzerne. Karen was a graduate of West Side Central Catholic High School and a longtime member of Holy Family Parish, Luzerne.
She had a successful career as a legal secretary for the law firms of Silverblatt and Townend and Rosenn, Jenkins and Greenwald, both of Wilkes-Barre.
Karen was an avid Penn State football fan, loved to spend time in her gardens and was never happier than when she was on a ski slope or at the beach in Cape May. She was always upbeat and never missed an opportunity to make someone smile. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends as well as volunteering for the Back Mountain Bloomers.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her sister, Betty Jane Gassue; and brother, John Brek.
She is survived by her loving companion of 39 years, Robert H. Schalm, Luzerne; her brother, Daniel Brek, Swoyersville; her sister, Maureen Mulhern, Nicholson; several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Parish, 574 Bennett St., Luzerne. The Rev. Michael J. Zipay will officiate. Interment will be made in Forty Fort Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in her memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, 961 Marcon Blvd., Suite 452, Allentown, PA 18109.
Snowdon Funeral Home
140 N Main St
Shavertown, PA 18708
Published in Times Leader from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2013