ASHTABULA — Karen L. Flack, age 77, of West 6th St., passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
She was born Dec. 21, 1936, in Cleveland, the daughter of Dr. J.W. and Louise (Boneberg) Witte and had been an Ashtabula resident since 1983, moving here from Cleveland Heights. A 1955 graduate of Parma High School, she attended Western Reserve University where she studied Art.
Prior to her retirement, she worked as the Activities Coordinator at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home.
Karen was active in local community politics and rarely missed an Ashtabula City Council meeting. As a result, Karen was often found serving on a variety of committees including, Charter Change, Administrative Board, and Mission Statement. Karen was loyal to her Republican Party and the Ashtabula Republican Women’s Club. She especially savored going door-to-door to campaign for the candidates of her choice. Many causes also received her support including the Ashtabula Area City Schools Bond Issue and levies along with her support of local libraries. As a member of the League of Women Voters, she kept herself abreast of issues and candidates. Working the polls and escorting ballots to Jefferson gave her great pride.
She had a passion for cleaning up her community, especially focusing on the housing stock. She loved gardening and art, particularly painting on used furniture. Her art work adorns many a home throughout northeast Ohio.
As an active volunteer, it was difficult to find her sitting still or without numerous projects going on at the same time. Karen adopted South Park and for over 10 years and could be found weeding, planting and pruning often at her own expense. The Ashtabula Downtown Development Association benefited from her service to the Main Avenue Beautification Project. The Ashtabula Harbor area and its historical areas also knew her shovel and clippers. She administered her TLC without being asked and with a desire to improve the view for all to see.