Karin E. Michael, 83, of Mifflinville, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2024 with her husband, Richard, by her side. She was born on April 6, 1940 in Springfield, Delaware County, PA. She was the daughter of the late Ellwood W. and Karin M. Peters.
Karin graduated from Springfield High School in 1958. She played girls’ basketball, lacrosse and field hockey. She was also in the band where she played the flute and made district band for three years. She spent most of her summers in Ocean City, NJ at her grandparent’s house where she could walk to the beach every day. The highlight of her younger years was the time spent on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand TV show. After graduating high school, she attended East Stroudsburg State College where she graduated in 1962 with a B.S. in Elementary Education.
On December 16, 1961 she married her loving husband, Richard. They just celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. Surviving in addition to her husband are her three children; Christian Michael and wife Crystal, Wendy Hoyt and partner, Mark Knecht, all of Nescopeck and Todd Michael of Cornelius, NC; two grandchildren, Christian RJ Michael and Bailey Hoyt; her sister, Linda M. Saflarski and husband, Jim, of Carpentersville, IL. She has numerous loving nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Ellwood C. Peters of Springfield, PA.
Karin retired from teaching at Central Columbia Middle School with 35 years in education. She loved teaching and all the students she taught. She was an assistant field hockey coach for Central Columbia and helped at track meets keeping times. Karin and Richard traveled the country after retirement going on eight cruises and took a train from Seattle to Montreal. Karin loved spending her time with family and friends camping at her river lot in Williamsport and going on the family fishing trips to Canada where she was known as the “Chief Cook and Bottle Washer”. She was a member of Faith United Evangelical Church in Nescopeck where she participated in making the delicious Easter eggs. Prior to Faith United, she was a member at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mifflinville where she sang in the choir and helped make the ice cream for the fire company carnivals.
The family would like to thank the staff at The Evergreen Unit (Alzheimer Memory Care) at Fritzingertown in Drums, PA where they cared for Karin the last month.
Following Karin’s wishes, private services will be held by the family. She will be laid to rest in the Mifflinville Cemetery. Please feel free to send condolences to the family at P.O. Box 13, Mifflinville, PA 18631.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Karin’s memory can be made to Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, 807 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.
Heller Funeral Home LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with the arrangements.