Karin Sclafani passed away on June 22nd, surrounded by her loving family. Karin was born in Tegernsee, a small village near Munich, Germany on February 17, 1939. She spent her childhood between her beautiful lakeside home and her grandmother’s farm at the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, caring for the animals and learning to excel at horseback riding. After graduating with her Abitur she worked as a model for an agency in Munich as well as for the famous designer Oleg Cassini.
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At the age of 19 she traveled to visit a friend in Tripoli, Libya, where she met Dr. Salvatore Sclafani, a surgeon stationed at an air force base in Morocco. Dr. Sclafani had traveled to Libya to play baseball for his unit, and met Karin while enjoying a day at the beach. Two years later they were married and settled in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn where Salvatore set up a successful orthopedic practice. There they were blessed with three sons. The family later moved to Emerson Hill and eventually Todt Hill in Staten Island.
Besides being a loving wife and mother, Karin enjoyed socializing with her friends, playing bridge and tennis, and devoting her life to caring for animals, from her own pets to the stray cats that came to her doorstep.
After Dr. Sclafani’s retirement the couple spent winters in Jupiter, Florida and summers in Manasquan, NJ. They were parishioners at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Staten Island, St. Jude’s in Tequesta, Florida and St. Denis in Manasquan. They were also both members of Richmond County Country Club in Staten Island, Frenchmen’s Reserve Country Club in Jupiter and Spring Lake Golf Club.
Karin is survived by her husband of 60 years, Salvatore, her sister Rosmarie Bannagott, her sons Michael, Gregory and Steven, and her nine beloved grandchildren. Arrangements are under the care of Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan, NJ. A private family service was held at St. Denis Church on Wednesday, June 24th. Donations in Karin’s memory may be made to the World Wildlife Fund (www.worldwildlife.org) or the ASPCA (www.aspca.org/donate).