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Mary Victoria Karson

Karson – Mary Victoria “Vicki”, 69, Johnstown, died March 20, 2017 at home, with her husband of 48 years, William Karson, at her side. Born November 1, 1947 in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late Bruno and Rose (Yannone) Passo. She is survived by her husband, whom she married on December 28, 1968 in Philadelphia. She is also survived by her daughter, Debra Simone of Los Angeles, CA, her son Ben Karson of Los Angeles, CA, her younger sister, Dolores (Passo) Pohl of Bethlehem, PA, nieces Rosemarie and Jamie Pohl, and many cousins. Vicki’s greatest joy was Ben’s daughter, her grandchild, Melody Rose Karson. Vicki spent her early years in “South Philly” surrounded by the many grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who lived nearby. She graduated from St. Maria Goretti High School in 1965, and, she received a B.A. from Penn State in 1969. At Penn State, Vicki was a Sister in the Gamma Chapter of the Theta Phi Alpha Sorority. Bill and Vicki met at Penn State, and were married during their senior year, in 1968. After college, Vicki was an Assistant Research Librarian at the Patee Library of PSU, and she held many other positions as she and her husband moved their home from Lancaster, PA, to Glen Burnie MD, and to Albany, NY. While in Albany, Vicki was the Executive Director of the Guilderland, NY Chamber of Commerce, and, in 1985, Vicki and Bill started their own association management and computer firm in Albany called “Second Generation”.  In 1990, Vicki and Bill moved their computer business to Bill’s hometown in Johnstown, PA. Vicki served for more than 10 years as a Pharmacy Technician at the Johnstown WalMart Pharmacy. Vicki most enjoyed her trips to California to visit her “grown-up” children and her granddaughter. She was a fantastic mother, and was well on her way to becoming a legendary grandmother. Vicki never missed Sunday Mass—even when it was just recorded from TV during her illness. She was a kind, and considerate person who was easy to love. She always knew the right thing to do, and she did it. Vicki had the courage and determination to win a long battle with cancer, only to find her recovery, sadly, cut short. She made our world a better place. We will all miss her. At Vicki’s request, there will be no public viewing. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017, at St. Benedict Church, Geistown, Fr. David S. Peles, Pastor. The family suggests contributions be directed to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Johnstown, PA, in memory of Vicki. The family is being served by the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com. Cremation by Laurel Highlands Crematory at Harris Funeral Home.

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A Guiding Light Bouquet was sent on March 23, 2017

Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about Vicki's passing. We are here to support you in your grieving process. With sincere sympathy, may beauty live on in your memories and bring you peace. Erin (Pribozie) Pinkas and Family

Expression of Sympathy Mar 23 2017 12:00 AM

Bill, Mom and Rosemarie called me to let me know about the passing of your lovely wife. You and all of your family have our deepest sympathy and our prayers.

May her soul rest in peace. Amen.


Deacon Jack & Colette Orlandi Mar 23 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Karson

Kristine Olsen Mar 23 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Karson

Lynne Barnhart Williams Mar 22 2017 12:00 AM

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A Beauitful in Blue was ordered on March 22, 2017

Expression of Sympathy Mar 22 2017 12:00 AM

Bill, I didn't know your wife, but I remember last seeing you at my mothers viewing. We will keep Vicki in our prayers at this most difficult time. You have our deepest condolences.

Ronald & Shirley Gregorchik Mar 22 2017 12:00 AM


I was so sorry to hear of your wife's passing. I will keep you and your children in my prayers. Blessings, Patty (Wright) Peifer

Patty Mar 22 2017 12:00 AM

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you in this saddest of times. I loved Vicki and I am so glad that she touched my life. I will always remember her laughter and the joy she brought to all around her. With deepest sympath to all the family. ELLEN GRATTAN and FAMILY

Ellen Mar 21 2017 12:00 AM