Karen L. (Copeland) Zeman
Karen L. (Copeland) Zeman, age 57, former longtime resident of Manhattan, died April 1, 2017 in Arlington, Texas.
She was born August 1, 1959, in Bloomington, Indiana. Karen was the daughter of Dr. James L. and Mrs. Gerda M. (Keck) Copeland who preceded her in death. She attended Manhattan Schools and graduated from Monsignor Luckey High School in 1977.
After high school, she attended Kansas State University and graduated in May of 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. She then received her master’s degree in education at Wichita State University. She taught sociology at Kansas Newman College until she returned to Manhattan in 1991.
Karen married Dale Zeman on October 23, 1992 in Arlington, Texas where they lived until her passing. He survives of their home. While in Arlington she taught social sciences at Oakridge High School until her health prevented her from being in the classroom. She loved working with her students and watching them grow in understanding and knowledge.
Karen enjoyed many activities that helped keep her mind sharp and up-to-date with what was happening in the world. She liked to read many different genre of books, but primarily true crime, which helped fill her interest in forensic science. She loved music, from pop to classical, whatever suited her mood. Karen loved animals of all kinds. She loved training the family dog to do tricks. She liked to stay in contact with family and friends by phone when she could no longer travel to visit.
She is survived by her brother James H. Copeland (Susan) of Saint George, Kansas; one niece Erika D. (Copeland) Hahn (Michael) also of Saint George; one nephew Alexander J.C. Copeland of Manhattan and her great niece and nephew; Annie D. and Oliver M. Hahn, who would light up Karen's day when they visited her in Arlington.
The family will receive friends during a visitation from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. There will be a time set aside during the visitation that family and friends will be invited to share a story or memory of Karen.
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In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in memory of Karen for the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.