Administrative Assistant Karen Laureen Schwab, 61, of Visalia, CA lost her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on August 20, 2011. Karen passed away peacefully in Galt, CA, surrounded by loving family. Born in San Francisco, CA on July 16, 1950 to Phyllis (Haag) of Galt, CA and the late, Bill Griffin, Karen was raised in San Jose, CA, graduating from Piedmont High School. Karen is survived by her soul mate, Jim Schwab, beloved spouse of 40 years. Karen and Jim resided in Visalia, CA for 25 years. Karen held many administrative assistant jobs from a very young age and had recently retired from Medical Billing Technologies to travel the country in their RV. Karen loved traveling, camping, wine-tasting, knitting, reading, listening to music, playing with her Welsh Corgi, Kipper, being with her family and having fun with her Visalia wine club friends. Karen will be remembered by devoted brothers and spouses, Bob and Suzy Griffin and Doug and Marty Griffin; loving sister, Julie Mulleady; beloved son, Bryan and treasured grandson, Tyler; caring step-mother/friend, Jan Griffin; numerous loving nephews and nieces, along with countless friends and family whose lives were touched by her generous, loving ways. A memorial service for Karen will be held October 1, 2011 at 9 a.m. at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel, 127 East Caldwell Ave., Visalia, CA 93277. Private burial. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the Sutter VNA & Hospice, 7300 Folsom Blvd., Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95826; www.suttervnahospice.org/gifts; 1-800-541-5045 Condolences may be e-mailed to email@example.com
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta on Sept. 27, 2011