Karen Renee Paese

April 07, 1972 ‒ November 25, 2016

Marion, Ohio

Karen Renee Paese, age 44, of Marion, passed away unexpectedly at her home Friday, November 25, 2016 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.  Karen was born in Italy on April 7, 1972 to Emanuel “Mike” Pease and Charlotte Darlene Garcia.  Karen was a wonderful person who touched many lives. Karen had a great soul and was a generous person.

After Karen graduated high school she went to college where she had a scholarship to play softball at Texas Tech.  After graduating college she enlisted into the military serving her country she so loved. She served during Desert Storm.

Karen was very social, and never afraid to talk to anyone.  Karen became an advocate on AIDS and would give speeches and help with community outreach to bring awareness to the virus.

Between 2011 and 2012 Karen was saved and baptized on her birthday in 2012. She loved Christ with all her heart.

In May of 2013 Karen met Shanon Reed and together they shared three and a half years together. It was love at first sight. It was not a week before they were living together.

To say Karen loved the outdoors was an understatement. She loved going camping, fishing and hosting cookouts and fires. She had a deep love her family, friends and her dogs who were near and dear to her heart.  She loved balloons and liked to go bowling. She collected sports cards and memorabilia. Her favorite teams were the Cubs and the Packers. She was ecstatic when the Cubs won the World Series.

Karen is survived by her father, Mike; partner, Shanon, brother, James Paese, sister, Denis Paese; step-brother, Kurt (Janet) Flisram; and step-sister, Wendy (Davis) Pryce.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Crosswoods United Methodist Church with Pastor Jen Leskovac officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Karen’s honor to the family.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Karen’s family.  Online memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • My sincere condolences to the Paese family. The death of a loved one can bring much tears and pain but may your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of times spent together. My deepest sympathy to you all.

  • Shannon, I am so saddened, and surprised, to hear of Karen’s passing. She had a deep impact on my personally. Her warmth and loving-kindness in the face of her illness was an inspiration to me. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • My prayers are with Karen and her family. I am part of that family and it always hurts when we lose someone. Rest well now honey and know that you will forever be in our hearts.

  • Heaven gained an amazing angel. Karen will always have a place in our hearts. She was so full of peace and kindness. She was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Dear Karen, fly high sweet angel. You no longer have to fight. Enjoy all those cub games with freedom. Sit back and relax. It is your turn to be served. Rest in peace!

  • Heaven has gained an ambassador angel in the PAESE family’s long list of many who have gone before us. God certainly had plans for KAREN’S life in the way it unfolded before us. We are proud of her life-story — her many kindnesses to others while she endured the “thorn” of pain and sorrow. Lord, in your Mercy, bless us all in Jesus name.

  • My sincerest condolences to the family. I was blessed with knowing Karen for a short time and she was always filled with a positive attitude and great story.

  • My prayers are with Karen and my sympathy to her family. Karen and I went to school together and became good friends. ..she was always fun to be around and had a great sense of humor. Karen you are pain free and flying high..God bless you!