Karen Eileen (Rogers) Love, 65, of Roaring Spring, died Monday, surrounded by loved ones, after a four-year battle with brain cancer. She was born in Abington to parents Eileen Gyllenhaal Rogers and Gordon Rogers. She married Bruce Love in 1983 at the General Church of the New Jerusalem in Bryn Athyn and had two children, Timothy and Alysia. In early 2011, Karen became the legal guardian of her then five-year-old granddaughter Kylie, whom she raised as a daughter.
Karen grew up and studied with Bryn Athyn, who graduated from the New Church College Academy in 1977. She was a jack of all trades and explored her interests in numerous professions.
Everyone who knew Karen agreed that she was very creative. Her passion for art was expressed by teaching ballet to children, baking cakes for special events and sewing for a doll company. She was ahead of the time in fashion in her young adult life, even being asked to model her outfits for art classes in college. Her avant-garde artistic side, coupled with her prowess with computer graphics, resulted in the development of a variety of multimedia marketing for various companies and institutions in Bucks County. She used her love of art to establish a kinder preparatory program at a Roaring Spring church, where she taught for years. She also served in a similar capacity at the Garver YMCA in Roaring Spring.
Karen was a gentle soul, but was also known for wit and quick wit. As someone who went out of her way to avoid conflict and ease the tensions around her, she discovered (as a child) that humor was often a great tool to lighten the mood, and used it to help her siblings with certain disciplinary actions. measures to avoid.
She loved to sculpt, craft, bake, garden, travel, dance, sing, read the Bible, and spend time with family. She also loved, and was quite adept at, researching family history and finding long-lost branches and secrets of the family tree. She found joy in sharing her many talents and gifts with others, including her love for God.
Karen is survived by her husband, Bruce; children, Tim (Michelle) Love and Aly (Josh) Love-Bartley; grandchildren: Kylie Love, Gannon, and Arielle Bartley; father, Gordon Rogers; siblings: Sandra (Jim) Pellani, Susan (Ron) Chapman, and Kenneth (Michelle) Rogers; in-laws, Karen (Chris) Zech and Russ (Debbie) Love; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Eileen Rogers; and in-laws, Robert and Myra Love.
Long after her death, Karen will be fondly remembered. The memories of her will give strength to those who knew her to mourn her loss.
A local Celebration of Life Service will take place today, January 1, 2022, at 11:00 AM at the Memorial Church of the Brethren in Martinsburg, led by Chris Garretson. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: John’s Way Medical Equipment Ministry, 137 Church Hill Lane, Martinsburg, PA 16662, 814-793-0999; or online at clovercreekcob.org/content/johns-way-medical-equipment-ministry.
Arrangements are by The Good Funeral Home, Altoona.