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Karen J. Gow, 61, of Carlisle, died Friday, May 4, 2012, at her home with her husband and daughter by her side. She was born on Sunday, October 1, 1950, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late George E. Richards, Jr. and Dorothy J. (Wilhoit) Richards.

Karen was a 1968 graduate of Western Beaver High School, a 1972 graduate of Edinboro University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and received her Master’s degree in reading in 1974 from Edinboro. Karen was a Spanish teacher at Cumberland Valley High School. She was a member of Carlisle Brethren In Christ Church, the Carlisle Junior Civic Club, the Welcome Wagon in Athens, PA, the Newcomers and was an instructor and member of Gold’s Gym and the former Slim Time Spa, both of Carlisle. Karen was an avid tennis player and was on two ladies senior doubles teams, one of which recently won third place in the national U.S.T.A. tournament. Karen was also a faculty advisor to the Barefoot Players (drama club), prom, Thon, honorary foreign language society and numerous trips to Spain. She took special interest in her grandchildren, gardening, dining, reading, travel and crafts.

She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 42 years, Glenn Gow, one daughter, Angela (and her husband, Matthew) Groman of Hollidaysburg, one brother, George E. Richards, III, three sisters; Janet Keatts, Judy Madgar and Sheryl Richards-Seemiller, four grandsons and several nieces and nephews. Karen was preceded in death by her son, Aaron Gow, who died June 14, 1995.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Carlisle Brethren In Christ Church, 1155 Walnut Bottom Rd., Carlisle, PA with Rev. Dr. Kenneth Hoke officiating. Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. A viewing will be held at the church on Tuesday evening from 6 - 9:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is in charge of the arrangements.

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 My heart goes out to Karen's family for your loss of such a beautiful person.
God only takes the best before their time.

Sara Derr


 Sending to you all the comfort, peace and love that comes from above and that we can receive because of God's love He sent through His Son, Jesus. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sarah "Diane" Huntley


A special lady with a beautiful heart and a spirit that couldn't be defeated! My thoughts and prayers are with Glenn and the whole family.
"Via con dios, Senora!"

JoAnne Miller

 Deepest sympathies and many prayers are with you. May you find peace as Karen finds rest. Hadn't seen her for quite a while, but am glad I knew her from our girls in school together.

Eileen Ford

Sincere condolences to your family on the loss of your loved one Karen,she was a lovely lady. May her memory live in our of our hearts.

Sonny Press

 Our hearts go out to Glen & family. She was a great lady

Bill & Sharon Galbraith


Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen's family at this difficult time. May God bless you all.

Julie, Stephen, Emilia and Eric Weiss

Sincere heartfelt sympathy to Karens loving husband Glenn and Karens loving family

Doreen Moul


So saddened to learn of Karen's death. Please know you have my deepest sympathies and continuing prayers. Thank you for the continued updates during Karen's illness. She will be sadly missed .

Nancy Mercado

So sorry for your loss of such a great lady. In the short time I knew her I knew she was a great lady

Ann Santai

The loss of a mother is the hardest thing.
 I'm here if you need a shoulder.
 Same place same number. Big hugs.

Michelle Winters


 My sympathies to your family. I taught aerobics with Karen at Slim time spa for many years. She was a woman who loved life, and a sweet spirit.

Debbie McGowan

So sorry to hear of Karen's passing. While we knew it was near, it is still a sorrowful time. She will have no more pain or suffering. Put your trust In Jesus to be a great comforter in this time.

With love and caring, Howard & Patsy Swart

Please know you are in our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers. Our deepest sympathy to you Glenn, Angela and all of the family. Karen will always be remembered as a very caring and dedicated person and teacher. She truly made a difference in the lives of many young people. The Cumberland Valley family has lost a special lady.

Mary Lou and Butch Bricker

Was shocked to learn of Karen's passing. My prayers are with you and your family Glenn.
Your cousin, Beryl

So sorry to hear about Karen's passing, What a wonderful person. She will be missed. We send our condolences to her family.

Ken and Linda Stoltz


I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. You are in my thoughts.

So sorry to hear of Karen's passing. I met Karen and her daughter several years back at Beetle Bop Bingo in Camp Hill. What a lovely person Karen was. My sympathy goes out to Karen's husband, daughter and grandchildren.

Carol Zimmerman

My heart is with your family now. I am so sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of Karen. I pray she is with Aaron and is in peace.

Leigh Mitten Vazquez

Glenn and Angela.
 In your life you have had to deal with some really tough situations that didn't seem to be fair, but Karen was there for you. She will be missed.

 Ken and Donna Houser


We are so sorry for your loss. Karen was such a wonderful person, and an amazing Spanish Tutor. We miss her, and hold her family in our thoughts and prayers.

The Knox Family
MJ Knox

I am so sorry to hear about Karen and my love goes out to all of her family. She was a person of grace and kindness at all times and a truly class act. I am so grateful to have spent time with her last November and will cherish those moments always. Rest in peace, Kimodeen. You'll always be in my heart.

 Miriam MacLeod St.Clair

We are so sorry to hear of your mom's death. She was a wonderful person, so warm and friendly. I have such fond memories of you all. May the memories of your mom be of comfort to you.

Kerry, Tom, and John Robison

My deepest sympathy to the Richards and Gow families.
 I am so sorry to hear of your loss. God Bless.

Anna-Marie Fedorko


 Our prayers, thoughts, and deepest sympathy is with you and your daughter throughout this difficult time, and in the future. I used to work at the middle school in the cafeteria, in case my name does not sound fimiliar. Sent with our deepest sympathy.

Cindy Russell


 My condolences on Karen's passing. She was such a likable person.

Rita Cantalupi Bitner

Dear Glenn, Angela and Family,
We will not be able to be with you, but our thoughts are. Our love to you all.

Bob and Jayne

Dear Angela -
 Find comfort in the wonderful memories that fill your heart.
 My sincere sympathy to you and your family.

Betsy Swearingen

 I took many of Karen's classes at the old Slim Time Spa. She was always smiling and always energetic, a class act! So sorry to hear of her illness and passing. Karen influenced many lives with her joy and caring.

Laurel Lautsbaugh

 My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Angela.
 My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Deb Gibart

 My thoughts are with your entire family during this very difficult time. Please try to keep in mind that the reason the loss of Karen is so difficult is because she was so dearly loved and a wonderful person.

Take care, Jim
(Jim Hentz)


 I had the privilege of meeting Karen only once at the Harrisburg Area Lyme Disease Support Group meeting in Feb. In the time of fellowship shared that evening, I saw the beauty that rested within this woman. While her loss will be mourned by all those that love her, God and others in heaven are smiling because they feel blessed she has arrived. Keeping all family and friends close in thought and prayer. Karen is whole again, cancer and Lyme free.

Linda Olley

Karen was an excellent friend, coworker and mentor teacher. She taught me so much about education and life. She will always be remembered fondly by those of us at CV as one of the best teachers.

Rebecca Sior

 Angela I am so sorry to hear this. Your Mother was a wonderful person.
 My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Diane Hamilton-Miller

May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now & in the days ahead. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss.

Jane Weidner

 I have only known Karen for 2 years through tennis, but she and I played in several competitive matches together as partners and we often talked about what it takes to be a teacher. I am truly saddened for her family and friends and just want to send my condolences.

Carol Weishaar

I am so sorry to hear about the passing on Mrs. Gow. She was a great Spanish teacher, and my favorite one at that. She will be greatly missed by all.

Chelsea Wilkinson

I know you have great faith and I know of no way to explain the sadness of losing loved ones, your family has had so much to overcome, if we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate.

Our love and sympathy
Dick Meily/Family

 I worked with Karen at CVHS. She served on the Professional Development Council with me for many years. I always enjoyed being on committees with Karen. She worked hard and had great ideas on how to improve what we did. The last time i saw her was at the HS retirement presentations in June 2011. I did not know she had passed away until this past Sunday. I am so sorry I was not able to come pay my final respects to her and her family. She was a good person to know and I respected her a lot.

Sandra Minnick


 I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Karen from Slim Time spa where she taught step class. She was a very nice girl and I am sure she will be missed by many.

Patty Boyer

Brenda and I were sad to learn of your dear wife's passing. Our condolences and prayers go out to you, and your family.

Bill Hooke and Brenda Hammer

Mrs. Gow was my spanish teacher for two years and I always felt like she was more of a friend than anything else. I credit my passion and skill with the language to her selfless dedication as a mentor. She will greatly be missed and my heart goes out to her loved ones. She was an inspiration and a wonderful educator.

Briana "Mariana" Blewett

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