Sep 9, 1958 – Sep 16, 2021 (63 years old)

BROOKFIELD – Karen “Grammy” S. Phipps, 63, died of this life Thursday morning (September 16) while in the Cleveland Clinic following prolonged illness.

Karen was born on September 9, 1958 to Sharon, daughter of Joseph and Shirley Mae (Hougelman) Fonagy.

She graduated from Brookfield High School in 1976.

She worked as a business associate for Sheetz in Niles.

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 and Danielle Finecey (Josh) of Mercer; grandchildren Hazel, Austin, Cameron, Gavin, Haylee, Collin and Rebecca; great-grandchildren Chandler and Payton; and his siblings Joseph J. Fonagy (Sue) of Brookfield and Gloria Combine (Mark) of Slippery Rock.

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

In accordance with his wishes, the services will remain private. Briceland Funeral Service will take care of the arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy can be left with his family at

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

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