"Her love for the students and staff here was over the top and unquestioned ... She will be missed in so many different ways."
Stow-Munroe Falls Schools Superintendent Tom Bratten shared his thoughts on Karen Buschko Powers, 57, of Stow, who died on Feb. 16 after a sudden illness.
Mrs. Powers served on the Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education for eight years, including two years as president. She decided not to seek re-election in 2015.
"Karen was an outstanding Board member for us and she remained a dear friend to me after she decided to no longer serve," said Bratten. "She always tried to make decisions in the best interests of our students and in the best interest of our district as a whole as well as the community. She took her job very seriously and she really wanted to and did make a difference."
Born in Akron, Mrs. Powers was a member of the first freshman co-ed class to graduate from Archbishop Hoban High School. Following high school, she focused on her career as a legal assistant, most recently with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.
She married her "best friend," David A. Powers, on Aug. 20, 1983. They are the parents of three sons. According to her family in her obituary, "From traveling Europe together, to their weekly date nights with friends, to parenting three beautiful boys, their life together was the definition of true love. Her favorite role was being a wife and mother . . . She not only nurtured and cared for her boys, she was their loudest cheerleader."
"She was as genuine as it gets and you never had to guess what was on her mind as she stuck to her guns in what she believed in," said Bratten. "She loved her children dearly and she was so in love and devoted to her husband."
According to her obituary, Mrs. Powers "loved to travel and in the past year, she was fortunate to receive two trips of a lifetime. First traveling through Europe with her husband, Dave, where they visited Paris and saw the Italian countryside together and visited the Vatican, where they saw the Pope. Then just recently, she traveled to Hawaii with her sister, Jane."
Preceded in death by her parents, Patricia Ann Buschko and Stephen P. Buschko, she is survived by her husband of 33 years, David Powers; her children, Zachary Powers, Nathaniel Powers and Ryan Powers; her siblings, Jane Manning, Stephen (Catherine) Buschko, Thomas (Patricia) Buschko and Carol (Donald) Sweitzer; her nieces and nephews, David (Stephanie) Buschko, Stephanie (Brian) Shoman, Kelly (Jeff) Musick, Michelle (Matthew) Dangerfield, Marcie (Aaron) James, Megan Buschko, Corey and Tyler Sweitzer, and great nieces and nephews Cadence, Cora, Logan, Leah, Cooper, Tucker, Audrey, Owen and Nicholas, as well as her many, many friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Holy Family Church in Stow on Feb. 23. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District PTA or Boy Scout Troop 273.