Elsie 'Mae' Karp

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

April 29, 1915 - Aug. 27, 2006

Elsie "Mae" Karp, 91, died Sunday (Aug. 27, 2006) at McCook Community Hospital.

She was born April 29, 1915, to John and Emma (Crocker) Reiners at Indianola.  She graduated from Red Willow High School in 1932 and Beauty School in 1939.

She married Charles Karp on March 4, 1946, in Indianola.  She was owner/operator of three beauty shops in Indianola over a span of 40 years.  She wrote articles for the Catholic Register and also wrote a weekly column for the Indianola News. In recent years, she became known for her creation of the Memory Tree at McCook Community Hospital.  She was also the recipient for Outstanding Donor and Fundraiser Appreciation Award from Community Hospital.

 She was a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church and Altar Society, the American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW Auxiliary, and the U Go I Go Pinochle Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Emma Reiners; husband, Charles; three sisters, Grace Stritt, Alice C. Reiners, and Stella Pratt; and two brothers, Franklin and Eugene Reiners. 

Survivors include her daughters, Betty Lynn and husband, Doug of Lexington and Annette Bauer and husband, Jerry of McCook; sisters, Nellie McConville and husband, Leo of McCook, Sister Madeline Reiners of St. Louis, Mo., and Luella McConville and husband, Dick of McCook; brother, Glenn Reiners and wife, Catherine of McCook; six grandchildren; one step-grandaughter; and nine great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Indianola, 11 a.m., with the Rev. Paul Witt as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Catherine's Cemetery in Indianola.

Rosary will be Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook.

Visitation is today until 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until time of rosary.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in her name to House Ear Institute or St. Catherine's Catholic Church.

Friends may sign her book at the funeral home or send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.