Karen M. (Campbell) Schlicher


Karen M. (Campbell) Schlicher passed away on Monday, July 26, 2021, with her loving and devoted daughter by her side.

She was born April 15, 1944, in Rome, NY, the daughter of the late Robert and Wilma Grimes Campbell. She was a former manager at WT Grants in Rome, Montgomery Wards Utica, JCPenney New Hartford, The Internist Group of Rome and retired from BNY Mellon in 2015 after several years of service.

Karen is survived by her daughter (caretaker) and son-in-law, Christine and Richard Sperl of Rome; son, Edward Schlicher of Ohio; two grandsons, Tyler Sperl of Rome and Brian Montgomery of Ohio; three great-grandchildren, Hali Montgomery, Colby Montgomery and Bailey Montgomery of Ohio; a special grand-puppy Lola. She also leaves behind two sisters, Betty Zullo and Marlene Closinski of Rome; two brothers, Larry Campbell of Rome and William Campbell of Florida; as well as many special nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in death by her parents, Robert and Wilma Grimes Campbell; twin brother, Paul Campbell, and two brothers Tom (Perk) Campbell and Jack Campbell; and a beloved grand-dog Jasmine.

After many years of struggling with Dementia, Parkinson’s, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Agoraphobia and then a rare form of cancer, and as much as she will be deeply missed it is comforting knowing that she is now at peace and reunited with her loved ones that have passed before her.

Her entire life was devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren and grand dogs. She was always involved in supporting her grandson during school fundraisers, sporting events and musical events. She enjoyed reading, playing bingo, shopping, decorating, crafts, and baking with her daughter. But most of all spending quality time with her family. She was known for being a joker and teasing everyone she met. She was loved more than words can say.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to her special nephew and nieces Mike and Roxanne Campbell and Ann Marie Steagall for all of the love and support they gave Christine in helping care for her mother. It was appreciated more then they will ever know.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or any Dementia research organization.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, August 2, at 3 p.m. at St Mary’s Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Arrangements have been entrusted to Nunn and Harper Funeral Home Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome. You may light a candle, send a message of sympathy, and read the obituary at www.nunnandharper.com.


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