Barbara Marie (Cism) Karaffa
July 14, 1928 – May 9, 2021
Barbara Marie (Cism) Karaffa, 92, formerly of Hollidaysburg and Stone Ridge, N.Y., passed away Sunday, surrounded by family in New Paltz, N.Y. She was born in Beacon, N.Y., the daughter of Franklin Pierce and Lillian Lawson Cism. Barbara was raised in Beacon and graduated from Beacon High School. She later attended Krissler Business Institute in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
On May 3, 1953, she married Joseph Peter Karaffa in Beacon, N.Y.
Barbara worked for IBM for several years, then she and her husband established and operated So-Hi Campground in Stone Ridge, N.Y., for 32 years. She and Joseph would spend their winters at their home in Fort Pierce, Fla.
She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Joseph Peter Karaffa; her brother, Franklin P. Cism Jr.; a sister, Joan (Cism) Wheeler; and granddaughters: Jennifer Mare Gordon Christiano, Caitlin Mary and Kristen Anna Karaffa.
Barbara is survived by her children: Kathleen Gordon, Stephen Karaffa (Cathy), Robert Karaffa (Kristie), Susan Richard (William) and Paul Karaffa (Tracy); a sister, Patricia (Cism) Scofield; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a stepgrandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 10 until the 11 a.m. service Friday, May 14, 2021, at Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Ave., Kingston, NY 12401. At 11 a.m., the funeral procession will form and proceed to St. Peter’s RC Church, 1017 Keator Ave., Rosendale, NY 12472, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon. Burial will follow in Hurley Cemetery, Hurley, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Hudson Valley Hospice.