Mrs. Karen S. Knechtel, 63 of Wampum passed away on Friday, November 25th, 2022 at her family homestead, following a long battle with multiple sclerosis.
Karen was born on November 23rd, 1959 in Beaver County to the late Samuel R. and Mary R. (Sedgwick) Heaton Sr. She graduated from Beaver Falls with the class of 1977. She also graduated from the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy and from the Community College of Beaver County, where she earned her Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate. She worked in senior care and was a dedicated nurse and nursing administrator. She belonged to the VFW post #8106 Auxiliary. Karen was a proud member of the Legend Motorcycle Club, and enjoyed taking trips with her husband, Moe and their friends. She had adventures across the United States, with her favorite being her trip to Maine. She cherished music and her family. A beautiful blend of clever and caring, she will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband, Mark “Moe” A. Knechtel, whom she married on July 23rd, 1984, daughter, Brittani (Anthony) Buzzelli of Franklin Twp., grandchildren, Kayden Maxamillion Samuel Buzzelli and Ryker James Buzzelli, sister, Sandy (Gary) Hudson of Wampum, brothers, Samuel R. (Patsy) Heaton Jr., of Wampum, and William (Belva) Heaton of Beaver Falls, and sister-in-law, Charmaine (James) Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Sara Lynn Heaton, her in-laws, Maxamillion and Betty Knechtel, her paternal grandparents, Bartholomew and Minnie Heaton, and her maternal grandparents, Eugene and Cassie Sedgwick.
A memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm, at the New Galilee VFW, located at 100 Monroe Street, New Galilee, PA 16141. Final arrangements have been entrusted to the Samuel A. Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory Inc.
Karen’s family would like to send a special thanks to the staff at Good Samaritan Hospice, especially Jessica, Brittany, Ashley, Nicole, Samantha, and Amanda for the excellent care that they provided to her.