Karen Coppola, 58, of Ephratah, NY, passed away on December 11, 2017, after a long fought 12-year battle with liver disease.
She leaves her husband of 33 years, Mickey (Michael); her sons, Christopher, Nicholas, Austin; daughters-in-law, Samantha, Kassandra, Alyssa; and two grandchildren, Katelyn and Christopher; along with nieces nephews, aunts and uncles.
Native to Schenectady, the daughter of Edward (deceased) and Doris Wujciak; and siblings, Linda and Edward, Karen moved with her family to Ephratah where her deep involvement with the Johnstown community began. Karen started and headed community programs such as Stockings for Joy and the 17-year run of the Classic Image Holiday Parade that began in Johnstown and now recently continues in Gloversville. One of her greatest passions was to help those who were less fortunate. Karen’s proudest achievement is her family’s dedication to others and them being a part of the community. Karen was always so proud of her sons’ accomplishments. She also served on the GJSD Board of Education. When Karen fell ill, she was forced to close her full-service salon but refused to sit idle — she reinvented herself, returned to school and opened her floral business while continuing tuxedo rentals.
We would like to thank Randie Salmon FNP and the staff of St. Mary’s; the numerous doctors and staff at Strong Memorial Hospital and Albany Memorial Hospital; NYOH; and Dr. Jeffrey Gerson of Albany Area Gastroenterology; and Hospice. In honor of Karen, a celebration of her life will be held at Rolling Hills Country Club, 2258 NY-5, Fort Johnson, NY on Sunday, December 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. We would like to thank them for their generosity and support as well. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Liver Transplant Fund at Strong Memorial Hospital. For online condolences, please visit: SimpleChoicesCremation.com.