Obituaries

Karen M. Zerphey, 68

October 14, 2020

Karen M. Zerphey, 68, of York, passed away on October 14, 2020.

Born in Columbia, she was the daughter of the late Winfield K. and Marijane A. John Zerphey.

A 1970 graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School, she attended Lancaster Business School and York College, and graduated from York Technical Institute in 1997. She served is the US Army Reserves for 4 years as an SP4.

Karen was the owner and founder of Wee Care Child Care Services in the 1980s.

She was involved in the York Habitat for Humanity and the York Senior Center.

Her whole life revolved around her 2 special needs boys, Lee and Matthew, who she adopted in 1987 and 1988.

Karen is survived by her son, Lee Allen Zerphey of York, her sister, Cynthia L. Zimmerman of Lancaster and her brother, John Zerphey of Mountoursville. She was preceded in death by her son, Matthew Wynn Zerphey.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 11AM at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 558 West Walnut St. Lancaster, PA for Winfield K. Zerphey who passed away on June 28, 2020, his daughter Karen M. Zerphey who passed away on October 14, 2020, and his grandson, Matthew Zerphey who passed away on July 6, 2020. Interment will follow at St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery with military honors rendered for Mr. Zerphey. Please make contributions in Karen’s memory to St Jude Childrens Research Hospital at www.stjude.org or to the York Habitat for Humanity, 33 S. Seward St., York, PA 17404.

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Condolences to the Family

March 17, 2021

Karen and John . . . I’m so sorry.  
Jacob Maser III

October 26, 2020

I knew Karen from grade school and remember her as always having a smile and easy going personality. Based on her life, it also sounds as though she was very generous and loving.  I guess that means heaven just received another angel.
Eileen Sickler

October 25, 2020

I remember Karen, too, from Sacred Heart and LCHS.  She was always so warm and kind. May Jesus comfort her family and be your peace.
Barb (Krall) Tangert

October 25, 2020

Cindy, We are so very sorry for your loss.  Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.  Donna and Chuck 

October 25, 2020

I remember Karen well as a classmate at Sacred Heart School. She was such a kind person all throughout our years together. Wonderful obit, she was a very “giving” woman of herself and to our country. My sympathy to her family… may she Rest In Peace.
Carol Kirchner-Vere

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