Karen Leigh Fabianich of Weirton passed away peacefully at her home on Owings Street after a courageous battle with Leukemia with her family at her side on Sunday, March 14, 2021. She was 72 years old. Karen was born in Steubenville on July 10, 1948, one of five children to the late William and Eileen Rice Frohnapfel. Karen was employed as a bank teller, with Wes-Banco retiring after fifteen years of service. She was a life member of the Beta Sigma Phi social sorority through the Sigma Master Chapter, Worked tirelessly with the Relay for Life Morgantown Chapter, The Hancock-Brooke Chapter of Pennies from Heaven, and holding membership in the Weirton Women of the Moose #728. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, of 51 years, Keith Fabianich, whom she married on October 18, 1969, daughters Kristen Fabianich of Mingo Junction, Kelly Fabianich of Weirton, grandson Keith (Aneda) Fonner of Follansbee, brothers Charles (Diane) Frohnapfel of Marshfield, MA., William (Mary Lou) Frohnapfel of Weirton, sisters Kathleen (Andrew) McGaughey of Waco, Texas, Carol (Mark) Bartholme of Yorba Linda, CA., and many nieces and nephews. Karen’s family will receive friends Tuesday, March 23, from 4-7 pm at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV., where members of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority will hold a Memorial Service at 6:30 pm. A memorial mass will be celebrated at Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Weirton on Wednesday, March 24, at 10:00 am. Father Walter Jagela will preside. Inurnment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Weirton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Madonna High School, 150 Michael Way, Weirton, WV, 26062, or The American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Morgantown Chapter; 1501 University Ave, Morgantown, WV., 26501. Share tributes and memories at www.grecohertnick.com 304-748-3219.

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  1. Love and Prayers for the family. I remember all the good times Karen and I had going to the craft shows together. She drove because she had the bigger car for lots of crafts we purchased. I will especially miss her friendship and her smile. Rest in Peace Karen.

  2. I’ve known Karen since first grade and we graduated MHS together in 1966. Although I haven’t seen her much since then, whenever we would run into each other, there were always smiles and fond memories. Mine will continue to be of her beautiful smile and ready laughter. Rest in peace, Karen.

  3. Frohnapel and Fabianich families: We are so sorry for your loss. Any time we saw her at the Moose…she always had a smile on her face. We will keep you all in all prayers.

  4. Karen was a wonderful person, friend, coworker. My heart is heavy this evening finding out about her passing. I will remember all the good time with her from the squad to coming to get massage. Miss you already.

  5. To Keith, Kristen & Kelly we send our deepest sympathy for your loss; Karen will be sorely missed, her smile, her friendliness. Know that we are keeping you in our thoughts & prayers. May she Rest in Peace Sincerely, Mike & Marlene Runkel

  6. Karen and I went to school together at St. Paul’s and Madonna. Over the years we had some Christmas lunches and we visited at our 50th class reunion. I was always glad to spend time with her. She had an honest and true heart and a non-nonsense way about her. I offer my sympathy to her family. Linda Kucan

  7. A wonderful woman and a dear friend of Relay for Life. Such a sweet person to talk to and a pleasant friendly personality. We need more people in this world like Karen. God Bless her family and may she Rest in peace.

  8. Aunt Karen was a great Wife, Mother, Aunt, and God Mother. She may no longer walk with us but she will continue to have an impact on us all.

  9. So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady, friend and Relay Family. she we be greatly missed. Sending our deepest sympathy. Love Paul and Tammy Hornick

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