Karen Barbara Messinger, 68, of Clarendon, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Warren General Hospital. She was born in New Bethlehem, PA on August 31, 1944, a daughter of the late Alice Grace (Dinger) and Charles James Ray.

She was employed as an Aerospace Machinist at Rexnord for over 25 years where she was a member of the union. Prior to her employment at Rexnord, she worked at Solar Electric in Warren. Karen’s hobbies included crocheting, knitting, cooking, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was the widow of Russell Allen Messinger, who died in 1978. Surviving are 2 Daughters, Diane Messinger, of Warren, PA and Jennifer (Michael Sutherland) Messinger, of Eldred, PA; 1 Son Charlie (Amy) Messinger, of Youngsville, PA; a Brother inLaw Raymond F. Brant, of Ft. Worth, TX and his children; 6 grandchildren, Katherine Byrne, Devlin Byrne, Autumn Wenzel, Luther Wenzel, Brooklynn Messinger, and Aliviah Messinger. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Joan LaRue Brant.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at McKinney Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Inc. in Youngsville at 12 noon on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 with Rev. Nancy Schwanke officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 11 12 at the funeral home.

The family suggests those wishing to place memorials may do so to: American Diabetes Assoc., PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22311 or the Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016. Family and friends may order flowers or send an econdolence at www.mckinneyfuneral.com.