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Ralph L. Karol

Ralph L. Karol

Male 1919 - 2004  (84 years)

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  • Name Ralph L. Karol 
    Born 08 Aug 1919  Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 04 May 2004 
    Person ID I697  Zarakov Family History
    Last Modified 6 May 2016 

    Father Max I. Karol,   b. 1893, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1967, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Elizabeth Houdush,   b. 1892, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1961, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F268  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elaine Ersner,   b. 05 Jan 1922, Pennysylvannia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 2003, Lake Worth, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 1942 
    Children 
     1. Nancy K. Karol
     2. William E. Karol
    Last Modified 6 May 2016 21:45:35 
    Family ID F272  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Obituary: Unknown Newspaper
      Obituary from newspaper -
      Karol, Lt. Commander Ralph L. USNR - Retired, of Lake Worth, FL formerly of Newton Center entered into rest May 4, 2004. Beloved husband of the late Elaine (Ersner). Sone of the late Max and Elizabeth Karol. Devoted father of William & Loraine Karol of Canton and Nancy Weinbaum of Chaska, MN. Cherished grandfather of Beth & Michael Dimodica, Kimberly & Edward Knutson, Craig Weinbaum and his fiance Jennifer Whippie and Benjamin Karol. Proud great-grandfather of Alexis and Spencer Knutson. Brother of the late Arthur S. Karol. Services will be held Sunday, May 9 at 11am at Stanetsky Chapel, 1668 Beacon St., Brookline. Interment will follow at Sharon Memorial Park. Memorial observance through Tuesday evening at the home of William & Loraine Karol. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1611 W. County Rd., B Suite 221, St. Paul, MN 55113 or to the Neurology Research Fund, c/o Beth Israel Deaconess Med. Ct., 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02115 or to the Research Support Fund, Dept. of
      Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Boston Medical Ct., 850 Harrison Ave., ACC 5,
      Boston, MA 02118.

      Tribute given by Loraine -

      Son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, businessman, philanthropist, decorated military World War II veteran. Ralph was a graduate of the Univsity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, class of 1940, who proudly wore his college ring and was a loyal fan of the North Carolina tar-heels. He was
      an accomplished man whose life was successful in many ways; yet, his greatest achievement, in his opinion, was as husband to his beloved wife of 60 years, Elaine Karol. He told us he was known as "Mr. Elaine Karol", and the twinkle in his eye clearly showed how much he enjoyed that title. He was proud of her beauty, charm, and accomplishments as homemaker, fundraiser, mother and grandmother. Both rejoiced and took great pleasure in their newest role as great-grandparents to two wonderful little girls, Alexis and Spencer.

      Ralph recently recounted to me the story of how he met Elaine. After his ship was torpedoed and he was adrift at sea for 17 days, given up for lost, he was on leave from the Navy for a couple of weeks. He went to a friend's home for Shabbat dinner. He said, "I saw the most gorgeous girl I had ever seen
      standing in the living room in front of the piano, and I was gone". She must have felt the same because they met, married and came back from their honeymoon in 13 days! When he returned to military duty on the USS Cleveland, Elaine remained in Philadelphia with family; a couple of years later they became the proud parents of twins, William and Nancy. Upon discharge, they settled in Massachusetts near his parents and brother to raise their family.

      Together, they were an energetic, vivacious couple who shared the same ideals. They believed in philanthropy -- she was active in Hadassah; both of them supported Beth Israel Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis, and were founding memers of Temple Shalom in Newton. They worked tirelessly for these institutions and were recognized and highly regarded contributors.

      Elaine and Ralph moved to Florida in 1974 and were together 24/7. They enjoyed their many friendships, social engagements, and their life together. Mostly they enjoyed their family (especially the grandchildren, of whom they were so proud and unabashedly adored, Beth, Kim, Craig and Ben). They never missed important events in their lives - they shared birthdays, school events, hockey, high school plays, graduations, weddings and holidays. After Beth and Kim were married and Craig became engaged, they came to know and love Michael, Ed and Jenny who were considered their second set of grandchildren. One thing is undeniably true -- we were the center of their universe and they ours.

      Some couples simply cannot live without one another. We know this to be true of Ralph and Elaine. They were best friends, husband and wife, lovers, partners in every sense of the word. They shared an unwavering, ever evolving love for one another.

      After Elain's death last July, Nancy would come to Florida frequently to spend time with Ralph and stock his freezer with his favorite gourmet meals that she lovingly prepared for him. When he became quite ill in February, Nancy immediately left her home in Minnesota to be at his side, where she remained
      until he died. She was his constant, both at the hospital and later at the rehabilitation facility. She was his devoted advocate in every sense of the word. He was truly blessed to have her with him.

      Ralph told his children that he wanted a military funeral -- with only a flag, his sword, and one yellow rose on his coffin because that was Elaine's favorite flower. He asked that it be placed at her grave.

      His final act of devotion to Elaine was to ask Bill to check that the plaque at her gravesite was in place and in accordance with his wishes. When Bill returned from the cemetery last Sunday, May 2, and called Ralph as was his custom each day, to let him know that it was exactly right, he seemed relieved,
      content and at peace. His work was done; he could rest now. He died just two days later.

      He asked that his military sword go to his grandson, Benjamin, his flag to grandson, Craig. Knowing how much his military service meant to him (Elaine and Ralph attended all reunions), I know that this was the greatest honor and gift of love that he could bestow upon them.

      Ralph was funny, gregarious, and had a great sense of humor that attracted everyone to him. To his children, grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren it was Nana Elaine and Papa Ralph. Adults responded to his warmth, wit and love of the practical joke. Just a little over a week ago he was discussing baseball and the merits of whether or not the Red Sox should keep Pedro Martinez.

      In the Karol, Weinbaum and Levin families, Ralph was the last parent/grandparent we had left; it is painful to lose him and we will miss him every day. It is hard to think of life without this remarkable man. But, truth to tell, we would be hard pressed and even selfish to deny him what he wanted most -- to finally be with his dearest, darling Elaine forever. The last words he spoke, with Nancy ever present at his side, were: "Elaine, I'll be with you tonight, and you'll have your yellow rose".

      We love you Papa Ralph.