Karen Sue Wheaton, 72

 Karen Sue Wheaton, 72, of Tamarac, Fla., formerly of Wapakoneta, died at 1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, in Lima.

She was born Oct. 4, 1941, in Lima, the daughter of Lola (Fox) and Albert Lowry, who preceded her in death. On Aug. 12, 1970, she married Billy Lee Wheaton, who died on June 20, 2007.

Survivors include one son, Brad (Annette) Zwiebel, of Wapakoneta;  two stepchildren, Dwayne “Rusty” Wheaton and Holly (Wheaton) Bays, both of Wapakoneta;  two grandchildren, Caleb and Cole Zwiebel;  brothers and sisters, Ken (Donna) Lowry, of Perrysburg, Dave Lowry, of Kossuth, Ed Lowry, of Cridersville, Arleen(Homer)Shepler, of Mount Cory, and Beverly(Robert)Davis, of Jackson Center; and numerous nephews and nieces,Mark(Jennifer), Brent, Baniele, Debbie K. Lowry, Linda(Rich) Emily and Allegra Delman, Lola Nicole(Rich), Mindy, Danielle, Sam, Alisha, Jason, Ashley, Art, Christopher and Hope Lowry, Zach Lowry, Billy (Cindy) Jason, Angie and James Zwiebel, Mike Zwiebel and Eric, Pam (Deron) Kara Sue and Heather DeVelvis, and Mary (Charles) Tessa and Aubree Lewis.

A homemaker, Karen, did enjoy working part time for beauty supply stores and also for greeting card companies. A 1959 graduate of Cridersville High School, Karen was an active member in the Mainland’s Retirement Community, in Tamarac, where she shared many memories with close friends, John and Marian, Trini, Jennifer, Suellen, Margaret, Michael and many more.

She enjoyed traveling back and forth with her son to Ohio, where during the summer months, she would watch both of her grandsons play baseball. 

Karen was a Buckeyes fan, Reds fan and a devoted Miami Heat fan, which she attended the debut game of on Nov. 5 of the inaugural season in 1988. 

Sports being her first passion, she did enjoy the many shopping adventures she had with her sister, friends and other family.

Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Bayliff and Eley Funeral Home, State Route 501, in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Scott Miller officiating.  Burial is to follow in the St. Matthews Cemetery, near Cridersville. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Rita’s Hospice.  

Condolences may be expressed online at bayliffandeleyfh.com.