Karen Sbrockey, a native of Bellaire, died at her home in Denver, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. She was 68 years old.

She was the daughter of the late Nick and Angela Sbrockey of Bellaire.

A graduate of Bellaire High School, she earned her undergraduate degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree from Antioch College. She had a long and honored career as a writer, editor and educator. Her passion was writing, and she authored numerous award-winning stories and essays.

She was a traveler and an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hiking, biking and camping.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her aunt and uncle Rose and Andy Bushilla; uncles, Julius Sbrockey, and Bob and Bill Gallucci; and her beloved dog, Cassie.

Surviving loved ones are her sisters, Mary Ann (David) Creamer of Bellaire, and Patty (Harry) Lovrak of Beaver Falls, PA; her brother, Nick (Cheryl) Sbrockey of Gaithersburg, MD; aunts Colletta Sbrockey of Shadyside and Diane Gallucci of California; cousins Carma Sue (Chuck) Runyan and Andrea (Bob) Koteles of Bellaire, Christine (Lenny) Sharp of Arizona, and Linda (Butch) Scott of Shadyside; nephew Cory (Sarah) Lovrak of State College, PA, and nieces Gia (Justin) Reed of Hudson, OH and Deanna (Jacques) Paul-Blanc of Nashville, TN; her former husband/ friend Mark Upshaw, and many friends from Colorado and around the country.

At her request, there will be no services. Those wishing to remember her may make a memorial gift to the National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458, to be used to benefit the Denver Brain Tumor Walk; to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 West Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631; or to Project Worthmore, 1532 Galena St., Suite 380, Aurora, CO, 80010.