Sikie, Karol Rose
Karol Rose Sikie died on July 17 in her Torrance home after a brave battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family and passed into the realm of the ancestors in a circle of love and appreciation for the tremendous efforts she made during her life to help others. Karol Rose was born on April 14, 1943 in Glendale, California to Elsa Varga Richards, a New York model and a Ziegfeld Girl, and Elvin "Kink" Richards, a former New York Giant who was honored in the Football Hall of Fame. Karol was their only daughter and the sister of her older brother Jonathan, whom she adored. His death from cancer was one of the greatest tragedies of her life. Karol married her high school sweetheart Michael Sikie at the age of eighteen and had three children, Lisa, Karen, and Michael. She later married Richard Tibbett, and raised her children in Torrance. In 1992, Karol Sikie co-founded New Life Advocacy, a non-profit agency in Los Angeles, California with her colleague Susan Iten. Their mission was to advocate in the family court system for victims of domestic violence. She is survived by her loving husband, Richard; her children, Lisa, Karen, and Michael; her sister-in-law, Shannon; her cousins, Sue and Marilyn; and all of their children who brought her so much joy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: New Life Advocacy PMB# 5598, 21213-B Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance, CA 90503 or your local Animal Rescue. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
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Published by Daily Breeze on Sep. 23, 2011.