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Karen Meinhart

Karen Hannis Meinhart, 67, of Carlisle, passed away on 7 December 2020 with her family by her side after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. Karen was born on 25 September 1953 in Allentown, Pennsylvania to the late Bridget and Rollin Hannis.

Karen graduated from Central Catholic High School in Allentown in 1971. She met her future husband, Richard, at a dance while he was a student at a nearby university. They married in 1975, and together they traveled the world with the US Air Force, living in Arkansas, the Azores, Delaware, Texas, Germany, Rhode Island, and Virginia. They settled in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where they built a warm and welcoming home in which to grow old together and filled it with art from their family's adventures together. Karen worked as an administrator and human resources professional with the US Government and retired from federal service in 2016.

She is survived and lovingly remembered by her husband of 45 years, Richard Meinhart of Carlisle; her daughter, Lauren Meinhart of Oslo, Norway; her son, David Meinhart, of Philadelphia; and five siblings: Jeanine Johnson of Emmaus, Sheila Mangano of Clifton, Virginia, Steven Hannis of Easton, Brian Hannis of Naples, Florida, and Kelly Cuetara of Downingtown. She was preceded in death by her brother, Michael Hannis, of Santa Rosa, California.

She will be remembered as a selfless and caring mother, wife, and friend, as well as an unmatched home cook and Christmas cookie virtuoso, who filled the house with her wonderful singing. She was an aficionado of Broadway musicals and art museums; an avid reader of news and current events; and a dog lover, among the many passions that she passed to her loved ones.

Karen will be laid to rest in Mt. Holly Springs Cemetery following a service that will remain private due to COVID-19 restrictions. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to World Central Kitchen (wck.org), a non-profit organization she admired that believes in the power of food to unite people, just like she did.


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Thank you for your compassionate thoughts.

Rich Dec 16 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you for your very thoughtful insights.

Rich Dec 16 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Rich, My sincere condolences to you and the rest of your family for your loss.  I will support World Central Kitchen in memory of Karen and in thanks for her wonderful life of support to family, community, and country.  Very sincerely, Richard

Richard Lacquement Dec 15 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you for these thoughtful insights.

Rich Meinhart Dec 13 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you for your for your thoughtful insights.

Rich Meinhart Dec 13 2020 12:00 AM

God bless you Karen and our heartfelt condolences for Rich and the kids. Kim and I will miss her warm smile and happy greeting whenever we met in the neighborhood. Always thinking of others, she wad quick to offer an encouraging word to Kim on battling her health issues.I was also privileged to serve with Karen at Carlisle Baracks as the Chief Staff. She led the best Civilian Personnel Office I've ever workedwith in my career. Her teammates and staff loved working with her and leadership knew she would produce only excellence. A true professional is not an adequate expression to define her value to our workforce and true ability of this great lady. The world is a lesser place without you Karen. Rest in peace - we will miss you greatly. Alan and Kim Bourque

Alan and Kim. Bourque Dec 12 2020 12:00 AM

Felicity and I extend our deepest condolences to you Richard and the rest of the family.  I will always be grateful to Karen for her help in my complicated retirement arrangements combining my Foreign Service years with my employment at the Army War College.  Her knowledge of the government personnel system was most impressive.  May she Rest In Peace. Sami G. Hajjar (sami.hajjar@comcast.net)

Sami & Felicity Hajjar Dec 10 2020 12:00 AM

Carl and I were so sorry to hear about your wife.  Although I didn't know her, she sounded like a very sweet person, who everyone would like to befriend. It looks like your wonderful memories, along with your children will keep your spirits up. Our thoughts and prayers are with.Sincerely,  Carl and Bernice McAndrew

Carl/Bernice McAndrew Dec 10 2020 12:00 AM

I met Karen when she worked at Carlisle Barracks Civilian Personnel.  She served as management's representative on sometimes difficult and sensitive personnel matters, and handled everything with flair and aplomb.  Gifted with an enormous amount of common sense, she was able to dissect difficult workforce/management problems, and always managed to resolve issues in a manner that both sides felt they had gained a satisfactory solution.  She was a gem!  Personally, I'll miss seeing here walking with Richard through the neighborhood; she was always pleasant and sported a smile.  Rest in peace, Karen.  The world is a little poorer in your passing.

Karl Ginter Dec 10 2020 12:00 AM