Joanne Karp

Date of Death: 
October 24th, 2018

Joanne Karp (nee Gattinella) age 96 died peacefully on October 24, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Jack Karp. She is the loving mother of Bette McMorrow and her husband Michael and Joseph D. Karp. She will be sadly missed by her 2 grandchildren, Shawn McMorrow and his wife Diana and Christopher McMorrow and his wife Valene. Joanne is also survived by 4 great grandchildren as well as her siblings, Dolly Falco and Nat Gattinella. Relatives and friends are invited to call Monday October 29, 2018 from 11- 12 Noon at Galzerano Funeral Home 9304 Old Bustleton Ave. Phila. PA 19115. Funeral Services 12 Noon. Interment will be held privately.

Memories and Condolences

Although I have not seen Joanne in many years she is the source of one of the great kindnesses in my life. One night while going out for dinner with friends, two guests in the Karp dinner party could not make it. My parents including my very pregnant mother were further back in line and Joanne and Jack asked this unknown couple to join their group for dinner. Shortly thereafter when my father was admitted to the hospital for cancer surgery, Joanne and Jack took in, who was basically a stranger and her child to stay with them. This story has stayed with me my life as the epitome of the person one should aspire to be. God Speed Joanne.
Mrs. Karp was an icon. My parents respected and loved Mrs. Karp, her husband Jack, Bette and Joe and considered them to be family. She was such a warm, loving person. So many times before moving to California, I would stop by my father's office to say hello to her. We often went to lunch at Jack's Deli to catch up. When we spoke on the phone, we would always go down memory lane together. Mrs. Karp would always tell me stories about myself when I was a child and things my parents would say. And yet every time she told a story, it was as if I was hearing it for the first time. What wonderful memories. Mrs. Karp worked with my father for many years and contributed so much to the patients who walked through the office door. I will always remember a very special July 4th event at her home with her family and mine. I share the sadness and Joe and Bette and the entire family has. But I am smiling just remembering a wonderful person and incredible friend. Thank you Mrs. Karp for all you did for so many people. You were family to The Turner's. And we will always love and miss you. Rest in peace.
Mrs. Karp, You were always so lovely to everyone. You always brought a smile to my face. I was blessed to know you. I know you will be watching over us. Bless you and grant you peace. Peter
Mrs. Karp, you were a very important part of our family. My parents respected and loved you so much and considered you, Mr. Karp, Bette, and Joe to be family. You were an icon and did not work for my father; instead you worked with my father. I will always remember the times that we got together at Jack's Deli for lunch and the phone calls we shared over the years. And how can I ever forget the wonderful time with you and your family at a July 4th event at your home? I always looked forward to going down memory lane with you. Every time you told me a story about my childhood and the things my parents said, it was like I was hearing it for the very first time. I am so glad that you got to meet Jacob too. I will never forget the times I walked into the office out of the clear blue and saw you there. You always took the time to say hello to me and talk with me. Thank you for your loving kindness and friendship. I will miss you very much.
Thank you, Ma Karp, for befriending a little boy at Dr. Turner's office. And thank you for introducing me to your son, my life-long friend. I forever am grateful to you. May you rest in peace.
Love you mom! Thank you for introducing me to the wonderful world of music. My only regret is having inherited the Gattinella ' male baldness' genes.

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