HENRY "HANK" STEPHEN
Age 58, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away on August 18, 2013, surrounded by his family, after a courageous three-year battle against brain cancer. Born on December 23, 1954, Hank was a respected journalist and served 23 years as the Director of Marketing Communications for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. He received a Bachelor's degree from Rider University in 1976 and a Master's degree in journalism from Point Park University. Prior to his work at the Jewish Federation, Hank served as a reporter and later the features editor at the Beaver County Times, where he helped launch the Allegheny Times. He later worked as an adjunct professor of journalism in the Master's Degree Program at Point Park University. He was also active for years in the Society of Professional Journalists' Pittsburgh chapter and the recipient of the prestigious Golden Quill Award. Hank was dedicated to his family, especially his beloved wife of 25 years, Simone Myers Karp; and his daughters, Emily S. Karp and Marissa J. Karp, who were constantly by his side throughout his illness. Hank is also survived by his mother, Rita Karp; his brothers, Stuart (Cynthia) Karp and Robert 'Bob' (Marsha) Karp; sister, Laura (Allen) Flint; brother-in-law, Lloyd (Debbie) Myers; sisters-in-law, Rita (Andy) Rabin and Fran (Joe Haguel) Darling; and his mother-in-law, Annie Myers. Hank also had six nieces and five nephews, whom he loved dearly as his own children. He was blessed with an amazing father, the late Howard Karp; and father-in-law, the late Sorel Myers, both of whom he missed dearly. Hank cherished his many circles of friends, and was especially appreciative of those closest to him, whom he considered to be members of his family. Easy-going and friendly to everyone he met, Hank cared deeply about people and their daily struggles. He loved to engage and help people from across the world, and made that his life's work. He particularly treasured his many missions to help people emigrate to Israel. He was an avid reader, especially on politics, history and current events. Services at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL, INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside, on Monday at 11 a.m. NO PRIOR VISITATION. Interment Beth Shalom Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Henry and Simone Karp Foundation c/o the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, 234 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, 412-992-5216.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Aug. 19, 2013