WILMINGTON, N.C. - Karen Burke Roper of Wilmington, formerly of Stamford, died Sept. 15. She was 67.
Roper was born in 1946, in Evanston, lll., to Thomas Francis Burke II and Annette Vannier Burke. She grew up in Stamford and attended Stamford Catholic High School and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. She earned a Master’s degree in reading at the University of Bridgeport and another in instructional technology at Southern Connecticut State University.
She taught English for 33 years in Stamford at Turn of River Middle School, and Rippowam and Westhill High Schools. She worked briefly as a technical writer for Pitney Bowes in Shelton and taught the last three years of her career at Staples High School in Westport. Before retiring to Wilmington, N.C., she and her husband resided in Woodbridge for 30 years.
Roper is survived by her husband, John; sons, Burke Roper of Atlanta, Ga., and Sean Roper of Jersey City, N.J.; and sisters, Jeannette Hadfield (Roger) of Whitehall, Md., Darby Burke of Norwalk, Pattiann Tyre (Rick) of Savannah, Ga., and Kathleen Jones (David) of Guilford. She was predeceased by her parents; and brother, Thomas Francis Burke III.
A celebration of her life will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 at the First Church of Christ, 5 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge.