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Karen Patricia Stirone

February 27, 1959 - March 12, 2023


Obituary For Karen Patricia Stirone

Age 64, of Myrtle Beach, SC, formerly from Penn Hills, on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Karen battled Melanoma Cancer for 2+ years, but passed peacefully with family and the help of hospice care. Beloved wife of nearly 40 years to Richard; loving mother of Christina (Jacob) Powell; loving grandmother of Delaney Powell; sister of Mary Abt (Ave Gaffney), Jacqueline (John) Schilling, Lois (Sigmund) Baj, Karl (Mary) Abt, Eric Abt, Kristofer (Steffanie) Abt and Nathan (Tara) Abt; sister-in law of Carol Stirone; loving aunt and great-aunt to many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brother Sylvester George Abt III, and Kurt Abt, and parents DeSales (Bright) Abt and George Sylvester Abt. Karen and Rick met just before senior prom in 1978 and they were together ever since. After Rick graduated from Penn State, they began life’s journey and moved to New Jersey, California, Ohio, Maryland, Mechanicsburg PA making friends along the way. Christina was born in CA, and Karen spent her childhood being “Super MOM”. They eventually retired to Myrtle Beach SC in 2014 as living at the beach was Karen’s dream. In the years following, Karen was able to see Christina also graduate from Penn State, travel to Italy, celebrate Christina and Jake’s wedding in 2021, and most recently the birth of beautiful granddaughter Delaney Mae in November 2022. Karen and Rick were active in the Myrtle Beach Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association with Karen being “First Lady” while Rick served as President. In June of 2022, Karen and many friends participated in the Pittsburgh Melanoma Walk as a “Survivor” of what seemed to be successful treatment at the time. Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 2-8 p.m. Funeral prayer on Friday morning at 9:45. Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Hope Parish, St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church at 10:30 a.m. Per Karen’s wishes she will be cremated and some of her ashes spread in the Atlantic Ocean near her home in Myrtle Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pittsburgh Melanoma Foundation , can be made “In honor of Karen Stirone, 2022 Survivor, 2023 Angel- RIP”.

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  • March 16, 2023

    Our heartfelt sympathy goes to all the family and friends of Karen Stirone. We all will miss her bright eyes and friendly smile. Rest in peace MB PSU First Lady.

  • March 15, 2023

    My heart weeps for Rick and Christina and your family. Karen was the life and light of any crowd - full of joy, fun, laughter, and shenanigans! It's hard to believe she's gone, but always remember that she loved no one more than Rick and Christina! Love you Karen - hope to see you some day on heaven's beach!

  • March 14, 2023

    Me & Karen grew up together doing Arts & Crafts at Rosedale firehall, swimming together at Rosedale beach club and Penn Hills school. We were also on the diving team at Penn Hills school. She is full of fun and laughter. She made my life better. I will miss you, so much. Meet you at the half way point on Madison, my dear friend friend. RIP 😇😇🥰🥰

  • March 13, 2023

    My deepest sympathies, Rick, Christina, and family. What a woman she was, and always will be. Love to you all. Your old friend, Keri King

  • March 13, 2023

    So sorry to hear about Karen's passing.. She was full of life and was a wonderful 2nd mom to Maureen. Prayers to all of you.. Love, Jim,Lisa,Molly,Patrick&Maureen Sinko(Bel Air)

  • March 13, 2023

    So sorry for your loss. May Karen RIP. Sandee and Craig. (Carols upstairs neighbors). 🙏🙏

  • March 13, 2023

    My heart goes out to Karen' loved ones and family. I'm so sorry to hear about her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Linda Atkins