Karen L Kusko, 82

Karen L Kusko, 82, of Royersford, Pennsylvania, passed away on September 17, 2023. She was born on April 24, 1941, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Karen was the daughter of Adam R Kiefer and Virginia L Kiefer (nee Miller).

Karen is survived by her loving daughters: Barbara Parks (Daniel), Katherine Miller, Elizabeth Kusko, and Megen Kusko. She is also survived by her sister, Joan Zenteno, and her cherished grandchildren: Nathaniel, Taryn (Kody), Nicholas (Tesa), Kyle (Nykalp), Breanna, Jensen, and Ashley. Karen was a proud great-grandmother to Judah, Violet, and Madison. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. James D Kusko, with whom she was married for 57 years before his passing. She was also preceded in death by her mother, Virginia L Kiefer, and her father, Adam R Kiefer.

Karen graduated from Beaver Area High School and went on to receive her undergraduate degree from Baldwin Wallace University. She briefly pursued a career as a high school teacher; directing the school play before marrying and dedicating herself to her family. During this time, she taught Sunday school for many decades. Karen also organized a live Nativity each Christmas while living in Northwestern Indiana and worked as a tutor with Reading Assist in Wilmington, Delaware, where she contributed to rewriting educational booklets. Additionally, she transcribed abstracts for The Dupont Company.

Karen's thirst for knowledge led her to earn a Master's degree in Theology from Loyola University. She and her husband, Rev. James D Kusko, spent many years sailing Lake Michigan and the Chesapeake Bay on their sailboat. Karen had a passion for travel and exploring new places. After her husband's retirement from Dupont, they settled in Morrisdale, Pennsylvania, where James became a pastor at a Lutheran church. They built their dream home in Morrisdale and continued to cherish the area even after his retirement from the ministry.

Karen became a member of St James Lutheran Church in Limerick, Pennsylvania, where she found solace and community. In her free time, she enjoyed knitting, sewing, attending Bible study, and sharing Sunday lunches with her church family.

Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation/memorial service on October 21, 2023, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home, located at 329 N Lewis Road, Royersford, PA

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The members of the Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Punxsutawney, PA would like to express our sorrow with the passing of Mrs Karen Kusko. Her husband, Rev James Kusko, served as pastor to our small congregation from 2007 to 2015. She was always a delight to be around and faithfully supported Pastor Kusko, in his divine role. God bless her family and friends with peace and comfort during this time of loss. We at MLLC look forward to seeing her and Pastor once again when the Lord calls us to our heavenly home.

~ Kathy Heitzenrater Punxsutawney, PA
10/18/2023 5:55:43 PM

Our hearts go out to the entire family. Karen was a very warm and welcoming neighbor. Peace to you as you go through this period of transition.

~ Shirley Brockenborough
10/13/2023 12:43:22 PM

Our family was very saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Kusko. She was an intelligent, dedicated and wonderful person. She was assertive and humourous depending on the situation or at the same time. She was encouraging to those around her. She will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Lorraine Michaels, Brian Michaels & Melissa Michaels Fultz.

~ Melissa Michaels Fultz Morrisdale, PA
10/7/2023 4:32:52 PM

I am so sorry for your loss.
Aunt Karen was always sweet and kind to me and my wife. She was a great light on Earth and will be missed deeply! God bless you Aunt Karen, and God bless the family she helped guide, grow and Love.

~ David Kusko Jr SAN Antonio, TX
9/27/2023 12:58:51 PM