Karen Shaffer Obituary, Death Cause – Karen Gail (Rearick) Shaffer, age 67, of Worthington, Pennsylvania, died away peacefully at her home on the morning of May 25th, 2023. She was born on January 22nd, 1956 in Kittanning, Pennsylvania to her mother Eleanor (Rearick) Bowser, who passed away prior to her birth. Karen earned her degree in fashion from Duff’s Business Institute after graduating from Worthington High School in 1973. She went on to work in the fashion industry.
After receiving her degree, she started her professional life working at Brody’s Department Store in Kittanning and then moved on to the Worthington Pharmacy. Affectionately caring for children was Karen’s actual love, and she spent the next 23 years of her career working at the Evangelical Lutheran Nursery School in Worthington, first as a teacher and then as the school’s treasurer, before retiring from her position there. In addition to that, she was an active participant in the community through her membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church and her recent job as a poll worker.
Karen devoted her retirement years to showing her love and affection for her immediate and extended family, especially her grandchildren. She was a devoted follower of all sports played in Pittsburgh, an admirer of Jeff Gordon, and a passionate gardener who cherished the time she spent tending to her flowerbeds. She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Dennis Shaffer, of Worthington; her son, Grant Shaffer and wife, Dawn Breski, of Warrenton.
Virginia; her daughter, Courtney (Shaffer) Ulanowicz and husband, Michael, of Moon Township, Pennsylvania; her grandchildren, Victoria, Avery, and Gavin Shaffer; her brother, Donald Bowser and his wife, April Bowser; her brother, Delbert Bowser, of New York; her sisters, Melissa Bow Her mother, Eleanor, her brother, Gerald Bowser, her aunt, Janet Earl, whom she viewed as a second mother, and Frances and Carl Wolff, who helped guide her, all passed away before she did. She was a strong and independent woman.