Karen Julie Kurpinsky died peacefully at her home in Pacheco, CA, on January 19, 2021. Karen
was born April 24, 1951, in San Francisco, to James and Beatrice Kurpinsky, the 5th of their
eight children. In 1977, she moved to Contra Costa County, where she would remain for the rest
of her life.
Karen attended All Hallows Elementary School, Notre Dame High School, and San Francisco
Karen worked for Bank of America in San Francisco and Contra Costa County for over 25
years. After leaving BofA, Karen worked at Longs Drugs Corporate Office, until the company
ceased. At that time, Karen put her career on hold in order to care for her elderly parents. She
was devoted to their care, and made sure they always had good company, good conversations,
good food, and loving support. After her mother’s death in 2003, Karen continued to care for her
father, supporting his wishes to stay in his home as long as possible. After Karen’s father moved
into Oak Park Convalescent Hospital, she visited daily, often making sure to be there for daily
BINGO with the residents. After her father’s death in 2012, Karen continued to make regular
visits to Oak Park (now Pleasant Hill Post-Acute), where she assisted with activities, offered a
lending hand to staff, and spent time visiting, listening, singing, and laughing with residents -
particularly those with no family nearby. In addition to her time volunteering at Oak Park, Karen
devoted hundreds of volunteer hours to Bay Area Crisis Nursery in Concord, as she was
passionate about supporting the mission of Sr. Ann Weltz and the program she had created for
Bay Area families.
In her final years, Karen worked for the Contra Costa County Property Tax office, and continued
to work until her death.
Karen was an active parishioner of Christ the King Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill. She was a
member of the Altar Society and the CTK Choir for many, many years. She especially enjoyed
the years she shared with her father in the choir.
Karen loved singing, reading, Kindle games, and shopping. Bi-weekly dinners with her brother,
Jim, and sister-in-law, Karen, were among her most treasured activities for the past 15+ years.
Karen always looked forward to the regular “Karp Cousin” luncheons, and very much missed
being able to participate in these events during the past year.
Karen had a wonderful sense of humor, and a laugh that could fill a room. Everyone who met
her instantly liked her, and she was often described as “joyful”, “kind”, “helpful”, and “fun”. Karen
had the gift of bringing out the best in the people she met. Her presence, warmth, and openness
will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her. Karen was a truly good person.
Karen is survived by her siblings: Jim (Karen), Clarice (Ken) Chiatello, Joann, Tom (Ruthie),
Steve (Val), Jon (Maritza), and Mary (Nick) Conneally. Karen was a loving and beloved special
aunt and Godmother to nephew Joseph (his wife, Annemarie, and their children, Joey and
Maggie). She is also survived by 17 other nieces and nephews, and an ever-growing number of
grand nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Christ the King Choir (195-A Brandon Road,
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523), a Spiritual Bouquet, or taking a little time to befriend a lonely person in
a nursing home near you.
Funeral Mass: February 8, 2021 at 10:00am, Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Rd., Pleasant Hill, CA
Private Interment: Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1965 Reliez Valley Rd., Lafayette, CA
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