Wilkes University


In Memory of Wilkes Colleague Karen Lucas

Wilkes University is saddened to learn of the passing of Karen Lucas on Sunday, March 26, 2017. 

Karen passed at home surrounded by her loving family. She leaves behind children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Karen cherished her dog Izzy. She especially loved family vacations at Dewey Beach, taking her beloved Izzy with her. 

Karen began working at Wilkes in the housekeeping department with the outsourced contractor American Building Maintenance (ABM). She was hired by Wilkes in July of 1996 when Wilkes brought housekeeping internal. She was a dedicated employee, responsible for Fortinsky Hall, Schiowitz Hall, Pearsall Hall, and Sturdevant Hall.  Karen worked until June 2016 when she became too ill to continue.  

Karen will be remembered as a soft spoken, kind hearted, caring person who brought a smile to all who knew her.  She will be greatly missed.  

Private services were held at the convenience of the family.  Memorial donations may be made to Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612.

Please see Karen's obituary below:      

Karen Lucas, 70, of Plymouth, died Sunday, March 26, 2017, at home surrounded by her family.

Karen was born Aug. 27, 1946, in Plymouth, daughter of Cathryne Callahan and the late Eugene Callahan. She graduated from Plymouth High School, Class of 1964.

She was employed by Wilkes University in the housekeeping department.

Preceding her in death were her daughter, Angela Lucas Dougalas, and son, Shawn Lucas.

Surviving are her children, Mark Callahan, Dallas; Tammy Callahan Levandowski and husband, Eric, Benton; and Gary Lucas and wife, Vicki, Plymouth; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Rachel Stasukinas, Plymouth; brother, Michael Callahan, Shavertown; nephews; and loving dog, Izzy.

Karen was a kind-hearted, hard-working person who cherished her family.

Karen's family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Bruce Saidman and his staff at Medical Oncology Associates as well as the staff and nurses of Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612.