Karen Lee Swallow was born to Helen Marie Kaupie and John Stanley Kaupie on March 24th, 1943 at St. Mary's Hospital in Racine, Wisconsin. She lived in Racine through her sophomore year of high school and then moved to Lombard, Illinois and started her junior year. She attended college at Northern Illinois University and graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She taught for five years in the state of Illinois. She married her husband of 53 years in 1966. She was a teacher assistant for fourteen years before becoming a teacher for eleven years in the Asheboro, North Carolina city school system. She is survived by her sister, Debra Oakley, and brothers Gary and Greg Kaupie. One brother, Ron Kaupie is deceased. Surviving also are two daughters, Aleta Marie Dozier and Jacinda Ann Swallow. One son, Tyson Thomas Swallow, is deceased. Her husband, Roger Thomas Swallow died in 2020. She enjoyed her ten grandchildren. She was a loving Sister, Mother and Grandmother and went above and beyond loving her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.
A funeral mass will be held on Friday, March 24, 2023 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Philip Kollithanath officiating. Burial will follow at Randolph Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Asheboro, Mayo Clinic, or the American Heart Association.