KARAS Lisa "Lee" Karas, age 51, passed away peacefully August 26, 2011 after a brief illness surrounded by loving family.
Lisa was born June 19, 1960 in Denver, Colorado and moved to Huron, OHIO graduating from Huron High School in 1978. She continued her education at Columbus State Community College and earned her degree in Law Enforcement then went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, Ohio.
Lisa was passionate serving the community as a Police Lieutenant for the department in which she worked having earned many certifications and awards.
She loved the outdoors, traveling, boating, and playing all kind of sports.
Lisa was very sensitive to people in need, always willing to volunteer her services.
She was a member of several organizations; Fraternal Order of Eagles, Ohio Coalition on Sexual Assault, Phi Theta Kappa Honors Member, National Association for Women and Policing.
Lisa was preceded in death by her father Clark Lee Karas.
Those left to cherish her memories are her mother, Jacqueline Steinbicker of NM; Siblings, Kelle (Mike) Martir of AZ, Dana (Mike) Opfer of Sandusky, Ohio, Mike (Michele) Karas of CO, Laura (Hans) Seamen of NM; along with many nieces, nephews, dear friends, co-workers.
A Celebration of Lisa's life will be held Saturday, September 3, 2011, 11 a.m. at The Vineyard Church of Delaware County, Ohio 101 W Cherry St., Sunbury, OH 43074. A scholarship fund has been established in Lisa's honor specifically for women pursuing a degree in law enforcement at Columbus State.
Contributions can be made to: The Lisa D. Karas Memorial Scholarship Fund, CSCC Foundation, PO Box 1609, Columbus, OH 43216 -or- csccfoundation.org.
Arrangements by O.R. WOODYARD CO. CHAPEL.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on August 31, 2011