Celia Miriam Karp
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Celia "Ceil" Miriam Karp, age 75, passed away peacefully in Palm Desert, CA on Friday, October 4, 2019, after battling a long illness. Ceil was born on October 19, 1943 in North Adams, MA. She was the daughter of the late Harold and Toby Goldman and the sister of the late Leonard Goldman. Celia is survived by her sons Matthew Karp of Corona, CA and Jonathan Karp of Cathedral City, CA, her sister Bernice Goldman and brother-in-law David Gaynor of Acton, MA and another brother, Gerald Goldman of Kingston, NY as well as three nieces, Maija Goldman, Devorah Goldman and Evelyn Gaynor; and two nephews, David Goldman and Alexander Gaynor. Ceil, an enthusiastic athlete who loved to ski and play tennis (and later golf), attended Drury High School in North Adams and went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She was an LPN in the North Adams Hospital for several years, until moving to Connecticut. After her sons were born, Celia became a local tennis club pro and instructor as well as the coach for the championship winning girls' tennis team at Windsor Locks High School where she became affectionately known as "Coach Columbo" for the signature trench coat she would wear to practices and matches. Sometime later, she co-owned and managed Fishwives, a fresh fish and seafood market in Windsor, CT. Celia eventually returned to nursing, earning her RN and becoming a lead nurse at Kimberly Hall Nursing Home in Windsor. Ceil was a compassionate caregiver and was instrumental in establishing a ground breaking program for care of the terminally ill that would come to be known as hospice care. An avid dog lover, Ceil also brought one of her adorable cocker spaniel pups (Luke) to live at Kimberly Hall, to the delight of all the patients. When someone cruelly stole the puppy, patients and their families offered a reward and the puppy was safely returned to his duties as cheerer-upper-in-chief. After leaving nursing, Ceil combined her growing love of golf with her passion for cooking and feeding people by running "The Shack" at the Country Club of Farmington, CT. For many years during the New England golfing season, she dished out great food and good humor to club members and their guests, who made a destination stop at The Shack for her famous lobster roll, lasagna and other signature dishes. Ceil formed close and lasting relationships with many of those members, guests and employees, who loved her food and came to cherish her. The family asks you to consider making memorial contributions to The First Tee of Connecticut, www.thefirstteeconnecticut.org, Keney Park Golf Course, 171 Windsor Ave, Windsor CT 6095.

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Published in Hartford Courant on Oct. 13, 2019.
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October 7, 2020
A year has passed and the world is just not as bright without you in it.
Lisa Odelius
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October 19, 2019
Reading of Ceil's passing truly broke my heart, she was such an amazing woman.
Aside from being a customer of West Hartford Laundromat for many years, she also became family. When I lost my daughter and grandson she made me and my surviving grandson dinner once a week and would leave her "care bags" on the porch for us to find when we delivered her laundry.
So many stories were shared at the counter in the store and then just hanging on her back porch.
Rest in peace my friend. Thank you for all the kindness you bestowed upon Tommy and I.
I will carry you in my heart. Gentle hugs to your family. You're mother was a beautiful soul.
Lisa Odelius
October 14, 2019
Sad news of Ceil's passing. Find comfort in knowing what an amazing & caring person she demonstrated daily.
It was an honor, a pleasure & fun working with Ceil (late 80s) @ KHS!! She was a fantastic nurse & everyone loved her! Our family adopted one of her cocker spaniel pups that she bred- the sweetest dog ever!!!
Gayle Jagielski
October 14, 2019
Ceil was one-of-a-kind. We at CCF were blessed to have her at the "shack" taking care of us. She made huge footprints on my family and our hearts. I will always remember how much my mother "Norma" looked forward to lunch at the shack spending quality time with Ceil. That tradition carried on for years with my wife, me and our kids. We will always miss Ceil but never forget her positive impact. No doubt she is now sitting with past members sharing libations and stories.....Thanks for the "ice-water" Ceil......
Gary & Kathy Hunt
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