Karen Patrice Tobola

September 21, 1955October 25, 2012

Karen Patrice Carmichael Tobola, age 57 passed away suddenly, after a short illness, on October 25, 2012. Karen was born on September 21, 1955, in Pineville, Louisiana to MSgt. (Ret.) Calvin F. Carmichael and Peggy Ann Moring Carmichael. After graduation from Douglas MacArthur High School and Sul Ross State University, Karen worked as a teacher at Floresville Elementary School and a school teacher and librarian at Rose Garden Elementary School and Green Valley Elementary School. Karen recently retired after 32 years of service to the children in the Floresville and Schertz Cibolo Universal City Independent School Districts.

Karen was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frederick and Fannye Carmichael, Zachary and Irone Mooring; mother, Peggy Carmichael; uncle, Billy R. Moring; nephew, C.J. Carmichael; father-in-law, Alfred L. Tobola; and step-father-in-law, Thomas E. Ramsey.

She is survived by husband of 37 years, Frank W. Tobola: sons, Christopher J. Tobola (April Harris Tobola) and Nicholas S. Tobola (Stephanie Conoley Tobola); grandchildren, Breven S. Tobola, Kaydence B. Tobola, and Rylen H. Tobola; father, (MSgt. Ret.) Calvin Carmichael; brother, Steve F. Carmichael (Elizabeth); sister, Cheryl D. Stanton (Jack); niece, Chelsea Ebbitt (Corey); great-niece, Beretta Ebbitt,; great aunt, Mrytle McLean; aunt, Genola Moring; mother-in-law, Elsie M. Ramsey; brothers-in-law, Alfred Tobola (Sally) and George F. Tobola (Bonnie).

Karen was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, and Nana. Our family is and will continue to be strong because of the guidance and foundation set by the rock of our family, Nana.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Monday, October 29, 2012 at Sunset Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Reverend Gerald Metzger, Bethany Church of Christ, will officiate the services. Condolences may be offered at .

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions of a book donated in Karen’s honor to the library of your choice. Beyond her family, her greatest joy came from watching a child reading a book.


  • Visitation Monday, October 29, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Janet Harp Sierzputowski

December 21, 2012

Thank you, Frank, for letting me know about Karen's passing. After being close friends at Kirby Jr. High and at Judson, then being out of touch for so many years, and finally "finding" her again, it's just so hard to believe she's gone. But it's also wonderful finding out what a lovely family she had and knowing how much she was loved. You and your family are in my prayers.

Ron, Lou and Kira Glazener

October 31, 2012

Karen was the ultimate "Coaches" wife and mother, and will be greatly missed. Her love of family was very evident and she was such a blessing to others. May God comfort all of you in this difficult time. Heaven just received another angel! God bless you!

A.C. and Carrie Blunt

October 31, 2012

We are praying for peace and comfort for each of you.

Vida Rivera Mendez

October 31, 2012

I'm so sorry to hear of Mrs. Tobola's passing. I was one of her students about 18 years ago, and she left an amazing impression on me. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Sandy Ames

October 30, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about Karen's passing. I have worked with Karen as a fellow librarian in SCUCISD for many years. She was always the life of the party when we would have our end of the year get together. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Zachary Carlton

October 30, 2012

I've known Mrs. Tobola as long as I can remember. She was such a sweet woman and I have fond memories of spending time with her and her family in football stands, at Pat's place, and around Clemens High School. My prayers go out to Mr. Tobola, Chris, and Nick.

Rachel Yates

October 30, 2012

Karen will be missed by all whose path she crossed. She was a special person who touched the lives of students & educators. My prayers are with the family.

Rick, Sharon, Zack & Meagan Carlton

October 30, 2012

We were so saddened and shocked when we heard of your loss. Karen was a wonderful friend and fellow fan for so many years. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that God will strengthen you with the peace that only He can give. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

Diz Reeves

October 30, 2012

Frank and Chris,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find strength in the Lord, your family and friends. God bless.

Melissa Starkweather

October 29, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for peace and comfort.