Karen J Datko Auman

September 17, 1956March 11, 2012

Karen Jane (Datko) Auman, 55. 9/17/1956 - 3/11/2012 Passed peacefully in her home after a courageous, 2 ½-year battle with ovarian cancer. Born in Ardmore, PA to Louis J. and Nancy J. (Riddle) Datko, she graduated from Haverford High School (1974) and Millersville University (1978). She married the love of her life, Timothy I. Auman on August 7, 1976. She enjoyed many activities including painting, traveling, synchronized swimming, bird and dolphin watching, reading, art, spending time at the beach as well as with her family. She was an avid supporter of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, and a member of multiple art groups that included Penn's Woods Painters, Mid-Atlantic Porcelain Artists, Susquehanna Porcelain Artist Guild, and Blue Mountain Artist Guild at Creative Arts in Schaefferstown, and held positions as newsletter chairman and treasurer. She worked with her husband at their family machine shop, and was the proud mother of four amazing children, whom she loved and would have given her life for. She was actively involved in their many school activities as the coordinator for Santa Sales and for Northern Lebanon Soccer Club, High School Theater costume director, and the Northern Lebanon Booster Club for which she held several positions. She became an ardent Syracuse lacrosse and basketball fan after her daughter attended the university.

After Karen's diagnosis, with her husband's assistance, she not only continued to paint at Cazenovia College each summer, but they added trips to Florida as well as Georgia. She greatly enjoyed the company of the friends she painted with, as well as, making new friends in her travels.

She is preceded in death by her parents Louis and Nancy Datko, and her sister Meghan R. Datko. She is survived by her husband Timothy I. Auman; her four children Megan E., wife of Joe Mengel, Melissa L., Timothy M., and Jordan T. Auman; and nine siblings Louis, Keith, Brian, Laurence, Christopher, Nancy, Curtis, Sheila (Maurer) and Allicia (Wagner) Datko. Viewings will be held at Rohland Funeral Home, 508 Cumberland St., Lebanon, PA 17042 on Thursday 6-9 pm and Friday 1-2 pm followed by a service at 2 pm and internment immediately following at Grandview Memorial. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at or the American Cancer Society at


  • Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, March 16, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 16, 2012

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March 22, 2012

To Tim and family, please accept our heartfelt condolences. Frank Auman Jr. and family

Lois Dieffenbach

March 19, 2012

One of my favorite people was Karen. One of my favorite things to do was spend the day painting with her at Creative Arts. I can only imagine the sadness you as a family must feel.

Uncle Dick Riddle

March 17, 2012

Tim, I so sadened to hear about Karen, I feel for you and the children. Barbara and I fondly remember your visit to LV. Our prayers are with you at this sad time.

March 17, 2012

Uncle Tim and everyone . I will miss Aunt Karen. Aunt Karen you were all the time full of smiles and happinness, Never saw you down. I enjoyed talking to you and looking at your paintings and the rabbitt you made for me out of wood. Its on my memmorry shelf. And also talking to you about the bears and of couse your flyers hmmmmm. Also seeing you in the water acrobacks under water thing. That was cool. Aunt Karen you married a wonderfull man who loved you dearly. Your niece Lori bURKHART,(schlaybach)

Kristen & Bill Yeagley

March 16, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

March 16, 2012

Tim and family,
I was saddened to hear of Karen's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and hold you in his loving arms to support you.
Kathy (Bergen) Spigelmyer

March 16, 2012

Your family is in my heart today.
Shirley Friese

March 16, 2012

Tim & Family
We express our deepest sympathy to a wonderful lady, Karen. She will always be a part of my life as I worked with her for a few years. She always had a smile and loved life to the fullest. You have taken good care of her so she could enjoy life during her battle with cancer. You and the family will remain in our prayers and thoughts. Love- Roger & Fern

Rowan Datko

March 16, 2012

So long Aunt Karen.

March 16, 2012

The warm expressions of love expressed by friends and family is evidence of the love they had for "Karen". May God continue to comfort your hearts during this trialsome time.