Lorraine Steiner Karp
Lorraine Steiner Karp passed away peacefully of natural causes on January 2, 2018 at the age of 103. She was born in Dubuque, Iowa on October 9, 1914 to Rose and Joseph Steiner.
As a teenager she was an avid swimmer in the Mississippi River. She also claimed to have been an avid basketball player (guard!) at the grand height of 4’10”, thereby getting the nickname “Flea.”
She met the love of her life, Arthur Karp while he was visiting Dubuque on business. Lorraine and Arthur were married on July 2, 1938 and returned to his hometown, New York City. After a year in New York, they moved to Trenton, New Jersey and started their family. They had two young children when they were summoned by their longtime friends, Dorothy and Julian Gold, to move to San Antonio where the “weather is always warm and sunny”. Since Lorraine and Dorothy were childhood friends in Dubuque, Lorraine trusted Dorothy’s advice and moved her family to San Antonio in 1946. In 1948 they moved to Corpus Christi and lived a happy, beautiful, full and blessed life together with many wonderful friends and family.
Lorraine’s life involved her love of many things. She especially loved bridge and the many friends with whom she played cards, traveling the world with Arthur, music, dancing, knitting, her children, her four precious grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Lorraine had great energy and an enormous heart, which she always shared with her most beloved family. She loved all of her special friends from Trinity Towers and the fun times they shared together. We all will greatly miss her presence, strength, devoted faith, and spirit. She will forever live in our hearts.
Her beloved husband, Arthur, preceded her in death on September 12, 2005. Lorraine and Arthur were married 67 years. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother, James Steiner of Dubuque, Iowa, and many longtime friends.
She is survived by her son Stephen Richard Karp and wife Susan, of Corpus Christi, by her daughter Kathy Karp Gott and husband Deene, of Fair Oaks Ranch; by her four precious grandchildren Jennifer Paul Rubino and husband Mike of Houston, Julie Karp Lewis and husband Derek of Austin, Stephen Richard Karp, Jr. and wife Michele of Austin, Stephanie Paul Moore and husband Roger of Houston; and five beautiful great grandchildren whom she adored.
Lorraine was a loyal and devoted member of St. Pius X Catholic Church and a close friend of Monsignor Richard Shirley. A Rosary will be held on Sunday, January 7, 3:30-4:30 pm, St. Pius X Catholic Church. A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 8, 11:00 am, St. Pius X Catholic Church. A private burial service will follow.
The family would like to especially thank Lorraine’s physician, Dr. Robert Webster and his staff for their care, attention and kindness. They would also like to thank her faithful caregivers, April, Rose, Eva, and Geneva. They would like to express their love and appreciation to the staff and kind, generous caretakers at Thrive Memory Care, especially Eva Marina, Rosielyn, Emma, Jay and Kerri.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church, 5620 Gollihar Rd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78412.
Arrangements are with Seaside Memorial Funeral Home of Corpus Christi, Texas.