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Karen Siepe

11/29/2017


Karen Lee Siepe, age 65, of Effort, PA and a former long-time resident of Wayne, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

Karen was born in Jersey City but, soon after her birth, in 1953 her family moved to Archung Road in the Packanack Lake Section of Wayne, NJ. As a young child, Karen enjoyed riding horses on the wide open fields that today are replaced by the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne. She also enjoyed swimming in Packanack Lake and was an accomplished dancer.

While in her senior year at Wayne Valley High School, Karen met a handsome young man named Kim Siepe one night while at a party. They soon became high school sweethearts. Being a year ahead of Kim in school, following graduation in 1970, she headed to Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Despite the miles that separated them, her love for Kim was steadfast. She befriended a player on the Marshall University Football team who, like herself, also had a long-distance love. Karen and the football player enjoyed a platonic friendship which was tragically taken away when, in 1970, the life of that football player and 74 other football players, coaches, flight crew and numerous fans were cut short by the worst single air tragedy in NCAA sports history. A year later, when Kim finished high school Karen left Marshall University and joined him at the University of Miami. Then in 1975, Karen and Kim returned to New Jersey and a few months later, on December 27, 1975, they made their wedding promises to each other at Wayne United Methodist Church. After a reception at the Mona Lisa in West Paterson (today called Woodland Park), they honeymooned in Cove Haven in the Poconos.

The newlyweds returned to Miami, Florida so that Kim could pursue being a major league baseball player but returned to New Jersey to live for a while with Karen’s parents while working at her parents knitting mill in Union City, NJ. In 1977 Karen and Kim purchased their first home in Oak Ridge, NJ and over the next four years they welcomed the three joys of their lives – Keather, Kourtney, and Kasey. They returned to Wayne in 1981 and Karen served as a caring and supportive mother and homemaker for her family while working for a local veterinarian and volunteering at the Friends of Wayne Animal Shelter.

As her growing family moved into greater independence, Karen maintained a busy schedule of attending their school events, working as an aerobics instructor at Spa 23 in Wayne and the Women’s Way Fitness Center in Fairfield, and volunteering with animal rescue. She enjoyed attending services at Calvary Temple in Wayne and she and Kim even hosted a couple of girls from Africa who came to church on a choir tour to perform.

Advocating for homeless dogs became Karen’s passion – so much so that, in 2003, she and Kim decided to move to Effort, PA. There they purchased a large piece of property so that they could rescue more dogs. Since their move to PA, Karen and Kim were able to rescue 68 dogs in all. As part of this endeavor, Karen established her own business which she called God’s Green Acres and eventually she began breeding too. She focused on the breeding of Brussels Griffons and her reputation for selling well-loved, healthy pups was quickly established. Karen’s love for these dogs always took precedence over the profits she derived from selling them. Consequently, her prices were always known to be very fair, offering large discounts to veterans and police officers, and, if a customer changed their mind, she always took the dog back, no strings attached because there was no way one of her puppies was going to end up in a pound! Presently, she and Kim were the host of thirty dogs in all and she knew all of them by name. All thirty lived with them in their home but you’d never know because Karen was also a hard-working, fastidious homemaker who valued cleanliness as a close second to godliness.

Karen’s love for her canine friends was great but her love for her family was just as great. When her own children were young, she and Kim took them every summer down the Jersey shore to Long Beach Island where they rented a house on 10 Osborne Terrace. This tradition lasted sixteen years and many fun, family times took place with countless good memories made. She always attended her children’s activities and especially loved going to her son Kasey’s sporting events and watching him check an opponent into the boards while playing hockey. Karen felt that it was important to raise her kids to know and love God and when the blessing of grandchildren came along she would often say, “If I had known how great being a grandmother would be, I would have done that first!” She loved spoiling her grandkids and her favorite gift to give them was, of course, a stuffed animal doggy. Karen would do anything for her children and grandchildren. She had the honor of having her granddaughter Kyana live with her the first four years of her life and, as a result, the two of them became very close! In her spare time, Karen was a Fox 5 news addict and she also loved to watch Dancing with the Stars and Little Big Shots.

A joy-filled soul, the happiness that Karen experienced in her life bubbled from her heart and usually manifested itself in the exuberant utterance of a song. Already as a little girl in the backyard Karen simply loved to sing! Right on into adulthood, she sang everywhere – around the house, in the shower, in the car – always putting on little solo concerts. Her renditions from Bette Midler’s Beaches album, inspirational gospel numbers from the famous Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir or God-glorifying music by BeBe and CeCe Winans or Avalon, were unconsciously used by her as vehicles to spread that joy in her heart to anyone who would have the pleasure of hearing her sing. And now that same passion is passed down to her two daughters who love singing and music too. Heaven surely has gained a wonderful new member in their choir!

Karen was the beloved wife of Kim Siepe; loving mother of Keather and husband Walter Clark of Hewitt, NJ, Kourtney and husband Jeffrey Jensen of Dingmans Ferry, PA, and Kasey Siepe and his companion Effie Haralambidis of Pine Brook, NJ; adoring grandmother of Aaron, Kyana, Meiha, Kacer, Kennavysia, and Jeffrey; dear sister of Keith Radhuber and Craig Radhuber; dear sister-in-law of Craig Siepe, Jeff Siepe, and Narmeen; and dear aunt of numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 2-6 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, December 4, 2017 at the funeral home, followed by interment at Restland Memorial Park, East Hanover.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Karen’s name are asked to consider Greyhound Friends of New Jersey, Inc. PO Box 4416, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 or online at greyhoundfriendsnj.biz.

Guest Book

12/1/2017

Karen may you Rest In Peace. I'm so glad we were able to be in touch recently. I pray for your family and your puppies. You were so full of love you will be missed by so many ??

Diane and Rich Norman

12/1/2017

Such sad news and a tragic loss. Kia Kaha, Be Strong, as your family begins this emotional journey of goodbye. Aroha,Love, to the Siepe Family from Jackie & Leslie Milnes WV Class of 70.

Jackie O'Reilly

12/1/2017

I was so shocked and saddened to hear about this tragic news. I am so very sorry. Karen was such a lovely woman and so kind, with a huge heart. My family and I are sending our love and will keep you all in our prayers.

Javon Clark

12/1/2017

My sweet friend Karen, may the good Lord keep you in peace. You were a wonderful women with such love for the pups . I have Some of those pups and I will always cherish them as I did your friendship. Many regards and prayers to her loved family!!! I will miss you!! Sally Stine

Sally Stine

12/1/2017

So sorry to hear about this tragic news. Our hearts go out to your family,you will be surely missed. RIP Mrs.Siepe

John and Maureen Ferralasco

12/1/2017

Rest in Peace my oldest and dearest friends. My heart goes out to Kim, your children and grandchildren. I will always remember our discussions of faith and all the wonderful childhood memories we shared. You are in the arms of the angels now. I will not say goodbye, but rather until I see you again my friend.

Barb and Terry Pate

12/1/2017

My condolences to you Kim and your families. I am with heavy heart beyond any words that can express my sadness. Rich

Rich Koshlap

12/1/2017

To the Radhuber and Siepe families, I extend my sympathy and love to you for your loss of beautiful Karen. She was such a sweet high school friend, and we took dancing lessons together. The Class of Wayne Valley 1968 also remembers the wonderful person she was. With much Love ...

Pattie Monsaert

12/1/2017

Craig and Jeff: so sorry for your family loss.I will place her name this Sunday in our prayer book where Karen will be remembered at all 7 masses this weekend at St Ann's RC Church Marietta, Ga. Billy Viger Wayne Valley Class of 1968.

Billy Viger

12/2/2017

So very sorry to hear the news, God Bless

Sandy Cromer

12/2/2017

I am sending my deepest sympathy and prayers to each of you at this difficult time. Karen was a person of faith. May she rest in peace with the Lord.

Ruth Moeddel

12/2/2017

Another Angel to welcome us to Heaven's Door....sending love to Karen's family

Joan McLellan

12/2/2017

We are all stunned and saddened by the passing of Karen. What wonderful memories I have of going to Packanack School, Schuyler Colfax Jr. High, and Wayne Valley with her. She was always fun and exciting to be around, and her sweet smile and laugh would warm everyone's heart. Prayers for peace for all of the Siepe and Radhuber family members. Candy Richert Jackson, WV Class of 1970.

Candy Richert Jackson

12/2/2017

I am shocked and saddened to hear of Karen's passing. A woman is a success who has lived well,laughed often,has loved her children; who looked for the best in others,and gave the best she had! Rest in peace with our Lord my friend Karen! I wish peace and love to the Siepe family. love, Shelly O'Hara Sorce

SHELLY O'HARA SORCE

12/2/2017

So sad to hear from Kim last night. I am going to miss you so! Even though we'd never met in person it seems we'd known each other forever.You have been such a good friend, always their with scripture. Prayers, and love. We will be together soon playing with our fur-friends in the fields of gold. Watch for me coming to meet you, Love forever!!

Sande Livingston

12/2/2017

We were so sorry to hear about Karen. We have many fond memories of our kids playing on Kathleen Court! Thinking of all of you. Diane and Tom Reinke

Diane Reinke

12/2/2017

Kim, my deepest sympathies. My thoughts are with you and your families. - Tim Crawford

Tim Crawford

12/2/2017

Kim & family my deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear wife & mother. May God strength & comfort you during this difficult time. Jim & Carol Rose

Jim Rose

12/3/2017

Karen was such a dear, kind person with a huge heart. I have known her for years as her vet and a friend. I find it impossible to believe I'll no longer be able see that beautiful soul again. My sincerest sympathy to her family.

Anne Sobers

12/3/2017

Kim, our hearts are broken for you and your children. Heaven has certainly gained another angel who will be watching over all of you..our sincerest sympathies....JB and Maryann

John Bogle and Maryann Saginario

12/3/2017

Kim, so very sorry to hear this news. Our deepest sympathies and thoughts and prayers to your family.

Ken and Barb Stier

12/3/2017

Kim and family, Our sincerest condolences for Karen's passing. She is in our hearts and prayers. John & Nancy Stanchak

John & Nancy Stanchak

12/3/2017

Kim & Family Sending Our Deepest Condolences The McIlwrath's Donna, Patrick, Nicholas & Jaclyn

Donna McIlwrath

12/3/2017

Dear Kim and family, I was so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. My hope would be that the memories you’ve made over so many years will bring a smile to your faces in the days and weeks to come. Prayers your way

Linda Stanchak Adamo Barrow

12/4/2017

Kim and family, Our most sincere condolences on the passing of Karen. We will keep her in our thoughts and prayers. Bob and Claire

Bob & Claire Minarick

12/4/2017

Keather and family our hearts are shattered into pieces to hear of your loss. Sending sympathy as well as prayers through your difficult time.

William & Lauryn Miller

12/4/2017

Saddened by this news, I can still picture Mr. Radhuber giving Karen swimming lessons. Keith, my heart goes out to you. I know her reward will be heaven.

Karen Harding

12/5/2017

Sending deepest sympathy to Kim and family at this very sad time. Also sending love from our family. Ingrid & Fred & familyPONT

Ingrid Allex Fox

12/6/2017

My prayers and thoughts have been with you Kim and family from the time I heard the sad news of Karen's passing on. Through kindergarten, girl scouts, and high school I was lucky enough to have been a part of the energy, joy and love for life Karen so easily and joyfully shared with all. My deepest sympathy to you all. Liz

Liz Day LaGreca

12/6/2017

Kim, we are so sad to hear about Karen's passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May she Rest In Peace. JoAnn and Rich McGuire

JoAnn (Rosone) and Rich McGuire

12/8/2017

I was heartbroken when I heard this news....my prayers for Karen and my thoughts and prayers for you Kim and your family

Albert Fernicola

12/11/2017

I HAVE JUST HEARD THE SAD NEWS OF KAREN LEAVING SO UNEXPECTEDLY. I REMEMBER SO MANY FUN TIMES IN PACKANACK WITH YOU. MY PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS TO KIM AND FAMILY THAT THE LORD HOLD YOU STEADFAST IN HIS ALL POWERFUL HANDS. YOU HAVE GONE HOME BEEN RECEIVED WITH OPEN ARMS NOW SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF JESUS.

DEBRA SHERMAN (YALE)


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