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Karen Louise (Ostapowicz) Susick

February 25, 1950 — April 12, 2022

Belle Vernon

Karen L Ostapowicz Susick 72, of Belle Vernon passed away peacefully April 12, 2022 in Elizabeth Seton Memory Care Center Greensburg with her husband at her side, after a seven year battle with dementia.  She was born on February 25,1950 in Pittsburgh and raised in Monessen. The daughter of the late Edward and Helen Sokol Ostapowicz. She was a 1968 graduate of Monessen High School, and a 1974 graduate of California State College (California University of Pa) with a Master’s Degree in Education. She touched the lives of over 1000 students as an elementary teacher of 34 years in the Belle Vernon Area School District. She was a Barbizon Model and fashion was her passion.  She loved listening to her vinyl record collection of the 50’s and 60’s oldies and Doo Wop music. She is survived by her husband of 34 years Dr. Timothy Susick. She is also survived by her extended family, her brother Edward (Patty) Ostapowicz of NC, Niece Lauren B. Ostapowicz of Washington PA, nephew Ethan B. (Megan) Ostapowicz of Carroll Twp. Cousins Lance (Diane) Sokol of Belle Vernon,  Ann Sokol of Monessen, Michele Fryer of Finleyville, Harry (Marie) Ostapowicz of Cuyahoga Falls Ohio, Don (Joyce) Ostapowicz of Coplay Ohio, Colleen (Joe) Gracyk of Lexington KY, Hugh Boyle of Marysville TN, Tom Boyle of Lexington KY, Michael (Erica) DeAntonio of Plum . Along with several nieces and nephew’s brother and sister in laws, as well as second cousins. Friends will be received on Monday April 18 from 6 until 8 pm and Tuesday April 19 from 2 until 4 and 6 until 8 pm in the Robert A. Billick Funeral Home Inc. Grand Blvd. and Marion Ave Monessen a blessing will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 am in the funeral home followed by a 10 am Funeral Mass in the Epiphany of Our Lord RC Church with Fr. Michael Crookston and Fr. Douglas Boyd Officiating interment will follow in St. Hyacinth’s Cemetery. In lieu of Flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Karen’s Scholarship Fund by writing.   Karen L.  Susick Monessen H.S. Scholarship Fund. IN THE CHECK MEMO LINE, and making the check payable to The Foundation for Cal U and Mailed to PO Box 668 California PA 15419 or online at

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

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