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Karen A. (Elberson) Tubbs

October 14, 1945 ~ November 6, 2021 (age 76)

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Karen A. (Elberson) Tubbs, 76, passed away on November 6, 2021, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she has resided for 10 years. Born October 14, 1945 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, she was the daughter of Elwood and Jean (Pressler) Elberson. In 1966, she married Joe Tubbs, her high school sweetheart.

Karen was a parishioner of St Elizabeth Ann Seton in Fort Wayne. Karen was the Defiance County Treasurer for 34 years prior to her retirement in 2010. She served on the board of the Defiance Foundation for many years. She was the first female president of the Defiance Rotary. Karen also represented Defiance County as the President of the State Treasurer’s Association.

She is survived by her two daughters, Amy (Brian) VanSkyock and Susan (Chad) Steingass, both of Fort Wayne. She was a loving grandmother to five grandchildren; Austin, Emily, Haiden, Jake, and Natalie and two great grandchildren; Ella and Cameron. She has two sisters, Carol Sutherland and Mary Hetz, and three brothers, Tom, Terry, and Mike Elberson. She is proceeded in death by her husband, parents, grandparents.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 am on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. Due to CDC guidelines, if you are not fully vaccinated, a mask is required to enter the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial to celebrate her life will follow at 12:00 noon at St. Mary Catholic Church, with Fr. John Stites officiating. Burial will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be directed to Defiance Area Foundation, or Women's Care Center in Ft. Wayne, IN.

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November 13, 2021

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Mass of Christian Burial
November 13, 2021

12:00 PM
St Mary s Catholic Church

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