Karen R. Eichelberger, 56

August 10, 2011
  • Eichelberger

MAY 10, 1955-AUG. 8, 2011

Karen Roberta Eichelberger, 56, of Wyncote Drive, Hagerstown, Md., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown.

Born May 10, 1955, in Plainfield, N.J., she was the daughter of Phyllis L. (Melia) Kopyta of Williamsport, Md., and the late Joseph J. Kopyta.

She graduated from Williamsport High School, Class of 1973, and attended Hagerstown Junior College, now Hagerstown Community College, completing course work study in secretarial administration.

She retired from the Washington County Board of Education after 20 years of service that included work in the human resources department and as a secretary at Fountaindale and Pangborn elementary schools.

She was a member of the National Notary Association and the Washington County Association of Educational Office Personnel.

She was a PTA volunteer, working with children at Lincolnshire and Williamsport elementary schools.

She was Catholic by faith, and attended St. Augustine Catholic Church of Williamsport.

She is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, Darrell L. Eichelberger; sons, Eric M. Eichelberger and wife, Brittani, and Adam K. Eichelberger, all of Hagerstown; grandchildren, Slate B. Eichelberger and Teague K. Eichelberger, both of Hagerstown; sisters, Frances L. Fleming and husband, Robert, of Olney, Md., and Melinda S. Cawley and husband, James, of Smithsburg, Md.; brothers, John M. Kopyta and wife, Dianna, of Waynesboro, Pa.; Laurence R. Kopyta and wife, Deborah, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Paul J. Kopyta of Germantown, Md.; Aunt Genevieve and Uncle Harry Van Buskirk of Florida; Aunt Lucille Moser of North Carolina; mother-in-law, Alma F. Eichelberger of Boonsboro, Md.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Harold W. Eichelberger; Aunt Victoria Kopyta; Aunt Karolina and Uncle Walter Jacobsen; Aunt Helen and Uncle Vincent Dewar; and Uncle Francis Moser.

Services will be held for family and friends on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, where Karen will be laid to rest. Father James Nirappel of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Hagerstown will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Karen to "Susan G. Komen For The Cure" at, or to any cancer foundation.

Arrangements were made by J.L. Davis Funeral Home Smithsburg.

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