Karen R. Guerra 1949-2018

NILES — Karen R. Guerra, 69, of Niles, passed away at 4:20 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at Hospice House in Poland.

She was born Jan. 24, 1949, in Warren, the daughter of Eugene and Vernadene Moore Spahr.

Karen was a 1967 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Warren.

She was employed at Taylor Winfield Technologies in Youngstown as a sales coordinator for 30 years and at the City of Niles as a payroll clerk for 10 years.

She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles, where she volunteered at their pizza sales.

Karen’s two loves in life were golfing and chocolate. She was in multiple bocce leagues and enjoyed her casino trips, especially to Las Vegas. Karen loved to travel. One particular trip that left a lasting impression on her was a scenic drive that she made with her husband from Los Angeles to San Francisco on Highway 1 along the Pacific Ocean. Also, every year Karen and her husband would vacation to Myrtle Beach with family and friends.

She will be deeply missed by her husband, Phillip Guerra, whom she married Nov. 28, 1985; her brother, Joseph Spahr and his wife, Marilyn of Warren; two brothers-in-law, Larry Guerra and his wife, Gina, and Don Guerra and his wife, Donna, all of Niles; her niece and goddaughter, Janice Schneider and her husband, Nick, and their children, Jake and Brooke; her niece and goddaughter, Amanda Guerra and her fiance, Tom Clay; her niece, Lynette Halbert and her husband, Mike Vinson, and their children, Chase and Colin; and her nephew, Donald Guerra and his wife, Kim, and their children, Ashley, Austin and Abby.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father.

At Karen’s request, there will be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niles. Entombment will be in Pineview Memorial Park.

Material contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 and Akron Children’s Hospital, One Perkins Square, Akron, Ohio 44308.

Arrangements are being handled by Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

Family and friends may email condolences or light a candle by visiting www.josephrossifuneralhome.com.

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