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Charlotte (Harris) Karabin, 94, of Plainville, loving mom, gramma, and friend, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Sunday, December 10, 2023 in Augusta, Maine surrounded by her beloved family. She is now reunited with dear husband of 40 years, Walter M. Karabin, who predeceased her in 1996.
Charlotte was born on March 2, 1929 in Middletown, CT daughter of the late Richard and Gladys (Hurlbut) Harris. She grew up in Middlefield, CT and following high school graduation pursued her calling of becoming a Registered Nurse. Charlotte enrolled in one of the first nursing programs offered at UCONN, graduating with her bachelors of science in 1951. A natural caregiver, along with her kindness and passion to help others, Charlotte worked at Bristol Hospital as a nurse, positively impacting the lives of many patients, while creating lasting relationships with her colleagues and her patients' families. She retired after many dedicated years in the profession, continuing to care for her family at home.
Charlotte and her husband built a family on the foundation of love and loyalty, always appreciating the many blessings that enriched their lives. Family was very important to Charlotte and as the matriarch of her family, she was always there for every milestone, big or small, and family gathering. She enjoyed daily chats with her family members, always keeping up with what was going on in everyone’s lives. Charlotte, with her witty sense of humor and kind heart, welcomed all with open and loving arms, along with an ear to listen and wise words of wisdom to offer. She was very personable, attentive to all with whom she spoke and always found a way to be the peacemaker. Free spirited, she enjoyed being involved in family fun times, especially traveling to the family cottage in Woodstock, CT or the cabin in Mount Vernon, ME. She loved completing jigsaw puzzles and playing games with the family, creating many cherished memories over the years.
Charlotte was a longtime member of the Congregational Church of Plainville, UCC, and dedicated many years serving on committees and helping with the church’s Thrift Shop. She enjoyed the beauty of nature and admired the scenery of each season. Charlotte was an avid bird watcher, enthralled with the hummingbirds, and loved flowers in bloom. She will be missed tremendously, leaving a legacy of love, kindness, and compassion.
Charlotte is survived by her son, Richard Karabin and his wife, Annette, of Plainville; her three daughters, Patricia Wozniak and her husband, Martin, Donna Zapatka and her husband, Timothy, all of Plainville, and Susan Stewart and her husband, Jeffrey, of Virginia Beach, VA; her grandchildren, Venessa Martinez and her husband, Jerry, Martin Wozniak and his wife, Brittany, Cory Zapatka, Ashley Botelho and her husband, TJ, Eric Zapatka and his wife, Lynsie, and Allison Stewart; her great-grandchildren, Xavier, Aria, and Logan Martinez and Weston and Brinley Botelho; her sister, Margaret Stielau; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. She was predeceased by her brother, Richard Harris.
Family and friends are welcome to gather on Friday, December 22 from 4 to 7 PM at Plainville Funeral Home, 81 Broad Street, Plainville. A service in celebration of Charlotte’s life will be held on Saturday, December 23 at 10 AM at The Congregational Church of Plainville, UCC, 130 W. Main Street, Plainville. Burial will be held privately. In memory of Charlotte, donations may be made to the Book of Remembrance, c/o The Congregational Church of Plainville, UCC, 130 W. Main Street, Plainville (UCCPlainville.org). For more information or to leave online expressions of sympathy, please visit www.PlainvilleFuneralHome.com.
Book of Remembrance, c/o The Congregational Church of Plainville, UCC
130 W. Main Street, Plainville CT 06062