Karen E. (Carlson) Samuels

William Snyder Funeral Home

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | August 26, 2017

Karen E. (Carlson) Samuels, 68, of North Huntingdon died Friday August 25, 2017 at Magee Women’s Hospital after a yearlong battle with cancer. She was born January 19, 1949 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Carl “Red” Carlson and Ann (Magdic) Carlson. She was a retired employee of Verizon, a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin, and a former Red Cross volunteer. She liked to bake, enjoyed walking, and was a big Pirates fan, but most of all she loved her grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them. They meant everything to her. Surviving are her husband of forty years George I. Samuels; her children Sean (Lena) Samuels of Irwin and Jennifer (Jamie) Zona of North Huntingdon; her grandchildren Lauren, Ashley, and Reese Zona, Aidan and Liam Samuels and Marisa Duncan; her sisters Barbara Rose of Pittsburgh, and Judy (Marty) Orendt of NC; also a brother-in-law; sisters in law; and nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the William Snyder Funeral Home Inc., 521 Main Street, Irwin, 724-863-1200, where parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Monday. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church with Father John Moineau, officiating. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Magee Hospital for all the kind and compassionate care. For online condolences please visit

Originally published August 26, 2017.

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