Karlene J. Ebersbach

Karlene (Karla) J. Ebersbach (Mattice) passed away at Good Shepherd Hospice, Sebring, Florida on Aug. 9, 2018. Karla was born in Albany, New York on Sept. 29, 1942 to the late R. Elizabeth (Betty) Mattice (McBride) and John F. Mattice. She was raised in Johnstown, New York and graduated from Johnstown High School and attended State University of New York-Oswego.

She was employed as a paraprofessional at Avon Elementary School and retired with 29 years of service in 2005. She deeply cared for the children whose lives she touched. She also served as Den Mother and Brownie Troop Leader and as a volunteer for the Avon Park High School Grenadier Band.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Paul; sons, Eric (Sheri) of Casselberry, Florida and Stephen of Avon Park, Florida; daughter, Amy of West Palm Beach; and beloved granddaughter, Kirsten Cole (Charlie) of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Kirsten is entering the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina this fall. Karla is also survived by siblings, Jacqueline of Johnstown, New York; John (Linda) of Wells, New York and David (Wendy) also of Johnstown along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and an amazing circle of friends. She was predeceased by her parents, brother, George and sister, June.

Karla was an avid reader and proficient cross-stitcher. The homes of family, friends and friends of family are adorned with her artistry. She especially enjoyed cross-stitches for babies and weddings. She also enjoyed shopping for bargains at yard sales and local thrift shops. She was always sharing her finds with family and friends. A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 with the service at 11 at Stephenson Nelson Funeral Home in Avon Park, Florida.

In lieu of flowers family requests donations to the American Cancer Society or Good Shepherd Hospice, 1110 Hammock Road, Sebring, Florida 33870. Services entrusted to Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, 111 East Circle Street, Avon Park, Florida 33825. Online condolences may be left at stephensonnelsonfh.com.

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