Karlene ‘Karla’ J. Ebersbach

Karlene “Karla” J. (Mattice) Ebersbach passed away at Good Shepherd Hospice, Sebring, FL on August 9, 2018. Karla was born in Albany, NY on September 29, 1942, to the late R. Elizabeth (Betty) Mattice (McBride) and John F. Mattice. She was raised in Johnstown, NY and graduated from Johnstown High School and attended State University of New York at Oswego.

She was employed as a paraprofessional at Avon Elementary School and retired with 29 years of service in 2005. She deeply cared for the children whose lives she touched. She also served as Den Mother and Brownie Troop leader and as a volunteer for the Avon Park High School Grenadier Band.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Paul; sons, Eric (Sheri) of Casselberry, FL and Stephen of Avon Park, FL; daughter, Amy of West Palm Beach; and beloved granddaughter, Kirsten Cole (Charlie) of Blowing Rock, NC. Kirsten is entering the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program at Applacachian State University in Boone, NC this fall. Karla is also survived by siblings, Jacqueline of Johnstown, NY, John (Linda) of Wells, NY and David (Wendy) also of Johnstown; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and amazing circle of friends. She was predeceased by her parents; brother, George; and sister, June.

Karla was an avid reader and proficient cross-stitcher. The homes of family, friends and friends of family are adorned with her artistry. She especially enjoyed cross-stitches for babies and weddings. She also enjoyed shopping for bargains at yard sales and local thrift shops. She was always sharing her finds with family and friends.

The visitation and service were held Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at the Stephenson Nelson Funeral Home in Avon Park, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society or Good Shepherd Hospice, 1110 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33870.