Florence Bress Karp

by | Jan 9, 2015 | Obituaries

Portsmouth —Florence Bress Karp, 96, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 in her home.

A Norfolk native, lifelong educator and philanthropist, Florence Bress Karp was born on Feb 26, 1918. Florence earned her bachelor’s degree from Longwood College in secondary education and began teaching at Woodrow Wilson High School. Shortly thereafter she met her husband of 44 years, Leonard G. Karp.

She was an active member of Temple Sinai and most recently Ohef Sholom Temple and was a life member of Hadassah.

She was also very active in the community and volunteered at numerous organizations such as the Beth Sholom Home, Portsmouth General Hospital, as well as many community outreach programs where she was able to continue her passion for enriching students’ lives whether it be teaching illiterate children to read or assisting students in her solving various math problems.

She is survived by her son David L. Karp of Hummelstown, Pa. and two grandchildren, Rachelle Karp of Miami, Fla. and Michael Karp of Harrisburg, Pa., along with her brother Allyn Bress of Madison, Wisc.

Graveside funeral services were held at Gomley Chesed Cemetery. Rabbi Arthur Steinberg officiated. Memorial donations may be made to Ohef Sholom or the charity of the donor’s choice.