Karen M. Schiller (maiden name Karen Marie McClintic) passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017, from complications of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ("Lou Gehrig's disease"). In June, Karen completed 30 years with the Internal Revenue Service, retiring as Commissioner-Small Business/Self-Employed. Karen was a kind and inspirational role model and leader for colleagues and co-workers nationwide, affectionately called the "Big Boss Lady."
Karen was born and raised in La Mesa, California, graduating from Grossmont High School and then National University. As a San Diego USO volunteer, she met Phillip Schiller of Muskogee, Oklahoma, while he was serving in the US Navy and they married September 3, 1988. They raised two sons, Robert and Ryan, in Corona del Mar and Laguna Niguel, California, and then Severna Park, Maryland, while pursuing their careers with the IRS.
Karen was a big Disney fan, particularly fond of "the original" Anaheim Disneyland, but also the Disney cruise ship, and Winnie the Pooh. She loved watching movies and sports on her giant screen TV and was a long-suffering diehard fan of the San Diego Chargers and Padres. She dearly loved the many cats and dogs (and fish) who she had as faithful companions throughout her life.
After being diagnosed with ALS in July 2015, Karen bravely and cheerfully fought to continue her active career and family life. Earlier in 2017, she took great delight in planning the wedding of Ryan and Rose, who joined Phil and Karen in relocating to Muskogee in December 2016.
Karen is survived by her husband Phil, son Robert and girlfriend Jill Jarosinski, son Ryan and daughter in law Rose, Phil's parents Bud and Velma Schiller, Phil's brother Tom Schiller and sister in law Judy, Phil's brother John Schiller and sister in law Deb, Karen's brother John McClintic and sister in law Elaine, Karen's brother Paul McClintic and sister in law Bonnie, and many nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents Stan and Helen McClintic. Burial will be in the Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in Karen's memory be made to The ALS Association, www.alsa.org, or to your favorite charity. Arrangements are under the direction of Bradley Funeral Services of Muskogee, OK.
Published on July 28, 2017