Karen Roberts

January 1, 1931July 13, 2021

ROBERTS, Karen, age 90, of Centerville and formerly of Oakwood passed away at her residence Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Karen is survived by her devoted husband of more than 67 years, Burnell; son Evan (Elizabeth) of Birmingham, Alabama; daughter Kari Sadler (Steve) of Prairie Village, Kansas; son Paul (Sandra) of Zurich, Switzerland; daughter Nancy Pohlmeyer of Centerville, Ohio; and her grandchildren Owen, Molly and Eleanor Roberts; Anna and Craig Sadler; Claire and Lilly Roberts; Krista and Emily Pohlmeyer. She is also survived by her brother Andrew Ragatz (Oconomowoc, Wisconsin) and many nieces and nephews. Karen received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin and M.A. from Wright State University. She taught school for several years before dedicating her life to raising her family. As an active member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for over 50 years (Dayton, Ohio and Petoskey, Michigan chapters), she was dedicated to the mission of helping others through philanthropy and friendship. As a devoted lifelong Lutheran and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, her strong faith guided her and she often shared her favorite scripture verse Micah 6:8, a verse she lived daily. She particularly enjoyed traveling and spending her summers on Lake Walloon in Petoskey, Michigan. Through countless acts of kindness, Karen touched the lives of many people and will be missed by all. Visitation will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church, downtown Dayton, Ohio from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 5, 2021, with the Funeral Service to follow.The family will attend a private interment at Dayton National Cemetery. The family would like to express its deep appreciation for the care and support provided by Bethany Village, Home Instead Senior Care and Ohio’s Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to P.E.O. Foundation (3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312) or to St. John’s Lutheran Church (141 South Ludlow Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402). Condolences may be made to


5 August

Gathering of Family and Friends

9:30 am

St, John's Lutheran Church

141 Ludlow Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

5 August

Memorial Service

11:00 am

St. John's Lutheran Church

141 Ludlow Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402


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Georgiana Nye

July 28, 2021

Karen was such a special person. I loved everything about her. Her kindness and generosity couldn’t be matched. I loved how positive and perky she was So interested in everyone around her. I hated to see her leave oakwood because I could see her frequently. I aspire to live a life like hers. One of my favorite people. Georgiana

Susan Zurcher

July 22, 2021

My friendship with Karen began when we met while we were enjoying the Oakwood Accordion Band at the opening of the Schuster Center in 2003.
Over the years we had wonderful times together, and I always found her to be an interested and interesting person not to mention her kindness, generosity and compassion to all.
We took a handful of trips together. This portrait was taken on our Philadelphia excursion in 2013. It’s the best photo I ever took of her and it speaks volumes.
RIP, Dear One.

Barbara Czestochowa

July 18, 2021

For about 15 years a group of friends gathered at Karen’s home to begin the holiday season by celebrating the feast of St.Nick. Her kindness, hospitality, and generous spirit was who she was at her core. She will be missed and as we continue these celebrations she will always be with us.

Molly Roberts

July 16, 2021

May 6, 2019 - Dayton, OH