Obituary of Carol E. Zepralka
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Carol Elizabeth Zepralka (nee Egan), 67, of Somers Point, NJ passed away peacefully on June 4th, 2021. She was born in Bronxville, NY on December 26th, 1954. As a Christmas baby, she would advise prospective mothers not to give birth during the holiday season. Carol grew up in Swarthmore, PA. She spent many days playing in Crum Creek behind her house. As a little girl, Carol began a lifelong love of horses and enjoyed horseback riding in her free time. She graduated from Stockton University with a degree in Marine Biology. Carol married her soul mate, Hank Zepralka Jr., in 1977, whom she shared her life with until his passing in 1998. They settled in Somers Point, where they raised their two children, Sara Zepralka Pisarchik of Fanwood, NJ and Henry Zepralka III, who was both housemate and best friend to Carol. Carol was the most amazing daughter, wife, and mother. She will be remembered for so many things. Carol loved sailing, sharing this passion with her father. They sailed the Chesapeake together on her father's boat, The French Wench. She adored art, learning to draw and paint from her mother. Together, they would frequent art museums and exhibits. Carol was gifted as an artist, creating art as a hobby throughout her life. She was incredibly talented at sewing as well. Carol made clothing for herself and her family, and later in life enjoyed sewing outfits for her grandson Brandon's stuffed animal "friends". As a grandmother, Carol found great enthusiasm and joy in sharing art with her grandkids, especially her granddaughter Emma. Handmade cards were a regular treat on birthdays. She loved gardening and shared her joy of nature with her grandson Trent. They could often be found chasing fireflies, watching bats at sunset, or discussing sea turtles together. Carol was well-known for being an environmentalist before it was trendy. Carol loved The Beatles, which she shared with her children and grandchildren. This included camping out at Ticketmaster so she could take her family to see Paul McCartney in 1990. Carol was a life-long lover of music, with an extra emphasis on rock n' roll. This passion was fueled by her attendance at many concerts, including The Who performing "Tommy" (when they said they would never perform it live again) and meeting the Allman brothers after their concert at Swarthmore College. Carol and her son, Hank, were bonded through music as they concert hopped across the Northeast, especially seeing Bruce Springsteen on numerous occasions. Carol adored being a grandmother, and took great pride in the amazing mother that her daughter, Sara, had become. Her greatest joy in life was her beloved family: her children, her son-in-law Mark Pisarchik, and her 3 grandchildren Emma, Trent, and Brandon Pisarchik. In her free time, Carol also enjoyed exploring her family history. She loved visiting her extended family in Manchester, CT and Syracuse, NY. At home, she would sit on her deck, watching birds, and do the crossword puzzle. Carol would take daily visits to Kennedy Park and the Somers Point Beach where she found her calm. Above all, Carol will be remembered for her kindness, empathy, and love towards others. The needs of her family and friends were always paramount to her own. Carol's first priority was giving all of herself to her children, through good and bad times, so that they would find happiness and peace in their own lives. Her spirit, love, and memory will live on through her family. Carol is predeceased by her husband, Hank Zepralka, her parents, E. John Egan and Shirley Varah Egan, her aunt Carolyn Varah, her uncle and aunt Richard and Rita Egan, and her cousin Elizabeth Egan Gould. She is survived by her son, Hank Zepralka III, her daughter Sara Zepralka Pisarchik, her son-in-law Mark Pisarchik, and her grandchildren Emma, Trent, and Brandon Pisarchik. She is also survived by her cousins Catherine Egan Pleckaitis of Glastonbury, CT and Thomas Egan of Los Angeles, CA. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Catholic Church 606 Shore Rd, Somers Point, NJ on Friday, June 11th at 10:30 AM. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Carol Zepralka's memory to St Jude's Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org/donateTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Carol Zepralka, please visit Tribute Store
Friday, June 11, 2021
St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church
606 Shore Road
Somers Point, New Jersey, United States