BROOKFIELD, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Karen “Grammy” S. Phipps of Brookfield, Ohio, died of this life on Thursday morning September 16, 2021, while in the Cleveland Clinic, following prolonged illness . She was 63 years old.

Karen was born September 9, 1958 in Sharon, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Joseph and Shirley Mae (Hougelman) Fonagy.

She graduated from Brookfield High School in 1976 and had worked as a business associate for Sheetz in Niles, Ohio.

In her spare time, Karen enjoyed knitting, sewing, going to the casino and playing on the computer. However, spending time with her grandchildren is what she loved the most.

Survivors include her children, Tricia Stewart (Paul) of Brookfield, Robert A. Phipps (Candace) of Liberty Township, Ohio, and Danielle Finecey (Josh) of Mercer, Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren, Hazel, Austin, Cameron, Gavin, Haylee, Collin and Rebecca; two great-grandchildren, Chandler and Payton, and siblings, Joseph J. Fonagy (Sue) of Brookfield and Gloria Combine (Mark) of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Terry A. Phipps, whom she married on February 28, 1987, he died on June 22, 2019; granddaughter, Abigail and her sister, Gail Hollern.

In accordance with his wishes, the services will remain private.

As suggested by his family, memorial contributions may be payable to Sheetz for the Kidz, 5700 Sixth Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602 (814-946-3611).

Expressions of sympathy can be left with his family at

The coordination of this tribute to Ms. Phipps was presented by Daniel Briceland, Owner and Director of Briceland Funeral Service, LLC, 379 State Route 7, SE, Brookfield, Ohio 44403 (330-509-3135).

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A TV Tribute will air on Monday, September 20 at the following approximate times: 6:43 a.m. on WYTV, 9:32 a.m. on WKBN, 10:58 a.m. on FOX and 8:12 p.m. on MyYTV.