Henrietta W. Karasin, a loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend died peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. A long time resident of Mt. Kisco and Sanibel (Fla.) Henny's main passions in life were family, friends, the arts, and travel.
Born Dec. 8, 1926, Henny attended Brooklyn College and received a BA in Education. After teaching elementary school for several years, Henny raised four children and decided to embrace her passion for art. Henny studied at the Parsons School of Design, Brooklyn Museum Art School and Silvermine College of Art before embarking on a new career as a sculptress.
As Henny's work matured she expanded from iron sculptures to breaking new ground by incorporating soft weavings in with the hard metal. She exhibited her works in numerous galleries in NY and Florida, won various awards, and had sculptures included in various corporate, institutional and private collections. Henny was always active taking courses and volunteering at B.I.G. Arts on Sanibel, where one of her sculptures is part of their permanent collection.
Henny was instrumental in the growth of Bet Torah Temple in Mt. Kisco during its early years and was a founding member of the Bat Yam Temple on Sanibel.
Together with her husband Ken, Henny's adventurous spirit sent her traveling the world to experience new cultures, view points, and whenever possible visited a local synagogue. They journeyed to six of the seven continents, multiple times, yet skipped Antarctica. After all, like any long time snowbird, Henny avoided the cold.
Henny is survived by her brother Barney Wallitzer (Lauderhill, Fla.), her husband Ken Karasin (Sanibel, Fla.), her four children and their spouses Brad & Shuly Karasin (Lido Beach, N.Y.), Craig & Sandra Karasin (Moorestown, N.J.), Blair and Victoria Karasin (Boca Raton, Fla.) , Michael Samet & Elissa Karasin-Samet (Sanibel, Fla.), 11 grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Throughout her life, Henny Karasin was an inspiration to everyone she met as to how to live life with gusto, joy and passion. She will be sorely missed.
Henny requested to be cremated, but a service in her honor was held Dec. 23 at Bat Yam Temple/Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall.