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Burial Date June 14, 2022
With sadness, love, and profound gratitude for her life, the family of Pearl (Karp) Halk announces her passing on May 22, 2022 at the age of 96. She was a cherished and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who died peacefully at home in Hulmeville, PA.
Pearl was born Pearl Karp in Manayunk, PA in May 1926. Her parents, Michael and Josephine Karp, were immigrants from Poland. Although Pearl lived through the 1929 to 1939 Great Depression, she experienced a peaceful, loving childhood growing up with her family.
Pearl became a skilled jacquard loom weaver at the OKO Plush Company, fondly known as “The Mill,” in Hulmeville, PA where she met the love of her life, James E. Halk, in 1947. Pearl and Jim married in 1949. The newlyweds proceeded to build a house together where they lived for the rest of their lives. They continued to work together for the next nine years at The Mill . Then, Pearl stopped working to have children and provide undivided attention to them. After raising her family she returned to OKO in 1970.
Pearl touched all with her gentle heart, loving smile, and compassionate spirit. Throughout her life and mostly by example, she taught her six children selflessness, unconditional love, acceptance to what is, and the purity of giving to others. She was love in action.
A devoted child of God, Pearl attended Our Lady of Grace Church for 73 years. She also connected with God through nature. Birds somehow knew of her delight. They were her constant companions while camping with her family, nurturing beautiful flowers, and tending her vegetable garden. She also found great joy in being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they, like the birds, flocked to her assured of her love and protection. There were few in Bucks County that did not smile when seeing Pearl or hearing her name.
Pearl is survived by her six children: Barbara (Larry), James (Ruthann), David (Irene), Diane (Reid), Kenneth (Colleen), and Suzanne (Richard). She leaves behind ten precious grandchildren and eight beautiful great grandchildren.
Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Halk, sisters, Romualda “Ronnie” Swider and Bernice Samic, and brothers, Richard Karp and Edmond Karp.
Pearl leaves a legacy of strength in adversity and purity of thought. She had the gift of humility and the unlimited power of love. To her family and those who knew her, she was the embodiment of virtue. To be sure, she was an exceptional woman.
Please join us to celebrate our mother’s life. We will gather together on June 14, 2022 at Our Lady of Grace Church, Bellevue Avenue, Penndel, PA, 19047. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by an 11 a.m. Mass. Afterward, there will be a graveside service at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA.
As an expression of sympathy, memorials in Pearl’s honor may be made to St. Edmond’s Home For Children: 320 South Roberts Road, Rosemont, PA, 19010, stedmondshome.org or Bucks for Kids: 25 N. Main St. Doylestown, PA 18901, bucksforkids.org.