Karin Ingrid (née Edle von Weiss) Jolley, beloved wife, mother, Oma (grandmother), sister, aunt, and friend, passed away at the age of 80 on Friday, May 8, 2020, in East Brunswick, NJ. Karin was born on
April 29, 1940, in Salzburg, Austria to the late Heinrich Richard Edler von Weiss and Anna Maria Edle von Weiss (née Elischberger).
Karin had such a marvelous memory and would tell exciting stories that she remembered from growing up during World War II. She remembered being in the bomb shelters where she would draw pictures to occupy the time. She and some of the other children made friends with American soldiers and had a very adventuresome childhood. She told funny stories about Austrian relatives and the characters in her life. Growing up during the war, there were hardships but many happy memories as well, such as the times when her mother would make delicious meals for the family and her father would play the guitar and sing.
She came to America when she was 15 years old and moved around a bit until her family settled in Old Bridge, NJ where she met the love of her life, Roger.
They had a very happy marriage of 57 years and enjoyed boating, water skiing, traveling around the U.S. and Europe. One of their favorite and most memorable trips was a Rhine River Cruise where they were able to visit Salzburg once again. They also enjoyed going to the casino and taking rides in the countryside and visiting the Jersey shore.
Karin always wanted to be a mother and brought so much imagination and joy to her two daughters’ lives. She made homemade paper dolls, played fun records and they would dance around the living room together being silly. She really enjoyed reading and shared her great love of books with her girls. She would also wake them up late at night if a Shirley Temple or Judy Garland movie was on that she knew they would adore. She was a Brownie leader, attended many class trips, and was very involved in their lives. Her daughters knew that she was there for them always in every way.
Karin was a wonderful Oma to her four grandsons. She loved spending time with them and they brought her so much joy and laughter. They were an extremely important part of her life and she was so very proud of them all.
Karin was so funny (she could tell a great, naughty joke). She had a beautiful smile, kind and caring heart and was very artistic. She loved cooking delicious meals for her family and celebrating the holidays together. She made everything special and shared many of her childhood Austrian traditions with her children and grandsons.
Karin’s family and friends will truly miss her but are so grateful to have had her in their lives and will cherish the memories of times spent together.
She is predeceased by her beloved husband Roger and dear brothers-in-law Leo Mayr and Michael Rozembajgier.
Karin is survived by her wonderful sister, Isolde Mayr Rozembajgier; her daughter and son-in law, Cindy and Jim Gibson; daughter and partner, Lori Jolley and George Wicks; grandsons Alexander and Nicholas Gibson; Andrew and Shawn Sorensen; nieces and nephew, Sheryll Sorensen, Linda Monetti, Janette Egger, Richard Mayr, Renee DiNizio and her much loved great nieces and nephews.
Karin is being laid to rest next to her husband Roger in Franklin Memorial Park. A celebration of her life will be held at a future date, when COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to the East Brunswick library. http://www.ebplfoundation.org/
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