Cathers, Karen


Karen June Cathers, 72, of Lewisville, Texas, passed away suddenly in her home on Dec. 21, 2021. Her loving husband Kerry was with her at the time.

Karen was born on June 25, 1949, to Clarence and Catherine Weaver of Osterburg, Pa. She immediately made this world a better place with her adorable smile and warm personality. Karen never knew a stranger. She knew how to encourage others and make them feel special.

She graduated from Chestnut Ridge High School in 1967 and married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Kerry Cathers, on Sept. 1, 1968. They were happily married for 53 years and had fallen more deeply in love over the past four years since their retirement. Karen and Kerry were never too far apart and had enjoyed a long road trip to Pa. last year and most recently a cruise to the Caribbean. (Kerry was a provisional member of the Western PA Conference who served at Hyndman from 1981-1984 before uniting with another denomination.)

Karen was a faithful pastor’s wife for over 27 years and then retired from Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, after working full time for eight years in Children’s ministry. She was very creative and used her talents in many ways to make beautiful gifts for her children and grandchildren and Christmas balls that have gone all over the World.

Karen counted her greatest achievements as being a loving wife to Kerry, a sacrificial mother to her three beautiful daughters Jennifer, Stefanie, and Heather, and a proud Nanny to her 10 amazing grandchildren.

Her beloved family includes her adoring husband, Kerry, formerly of Imler, Pa., her daughters Jennifer, wife of Zach Neese; Stefanie, wife of Michael Santiago; and Heather, wife of Lance Halcom; and her grandkids: Simeon, Judah, Charis, Maggie, Nora, and Sam Neese, Drew and Aaron Santiago, and Calen and Trinity Halcom. She is deeply mourned by her three older sisters: Carol Covert of Mantua, Ohio; Sandy, married to Kenneth Shaffer of Hyndman, Pa.; and Pat, married to Rick Yost of York, Pa.
She will be dearly missed by her nieces and nephews and brother and sister in laws on both sides of her family.

Karen’s viewing and Celebration of Life service officiated by her family was held at The Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville, Texas, on Dec. 23, 2021.