Karen Joy (Repasky) Littlefield, 61, died on Sept. 7, 2016, at the Eckstein Center, Hospice of the Valley, Scottsdale, Arizona, following a short illness with cancer.
Karen was born in North Industry, the daughter of the late Edward and Marguerite (Eversole) Repasky.
Karen spent the majority of her life in Stark County. She attended Canton South High School where she graduated with the class of 1973. Gifted and talented in both voice and instrumental music, Karen along with a classmate won the North Industry Grade School literary contest for a vocal duet. She continued to excel playing both guitar and saxophone.
Her talent continued to blossom when she was selected for the high-school stage band her sophomore year and named a band-section leader her senior year. Karen auditioned and was selected to play with the Band of America, a highly talented group of musicians who gave concerts in select European cities. After returning home, Karen won a prestigious scholarship to a music conservatory, but chose instead to marry her sweetheart, Keith Littlefield in 1974, and take a job with the Timken Company where she worked until her retirement.
Karen and Keith were both avid motorcycles fans and were fortunate to travel much of the United States on their bike. During their marriage, the couple owned a mini-farm in Hartville, often times hosting parties with hayrides or inviting friends to explore the rich muck gardens. After Keith's untimely death, Karen spent a few years maintaining the farm before her failing health forced her to move to Arizona in 2012. While in Arizona, Karen was the administrator for a faith-based website, and found time to spend sunny afternoons walking her little dog, Tiny.
During her illness, Karen was assisted daily from friends, Deloris 'DJ' Johnston, Terri Johnson, Denise Johnston Alm, and the Alm family. She is survived by her brother, Jack Repasky of Richville, and sister, Norma Herschel of North Canton.
Karen's family of friends will always remember her unending faith, her generous spirit, and her overwhelming kindness to all whom she met. To honor Karen's wishes, a private family service will be held at a later date. Those who wish to honor Karen's memory may do so by donating to cancer research, a charity of your choice, or by making a donation in her name to the Canton South Band.