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Karina Halpert

January 1, 1945 — January 17, 2023

Karina S. Halpert, 78, of Lake Katrine, NY, beloved wife, mother, sister, and grandmother, passed into eternity after a prolonged illness at Heath Alliance Hospital in Kingston, NY, on January 17, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.

Born of Latvian descent, Karina was born in Bad-Nauheim, Germany, on January 1, 1945, daughter of the late Janis Veselis and late Olga (Breicis) Veselis. Karina arrived in the United States at the age of 4 along with her mother and sister. The family lived in Manhattan, NY. 

Karina met her first husband, the late Larry M. Hrichi, in Manhattan, who immigrated to the United States from Morocco as a young adult. They married in Manhattan in 1967 and had two children, daughter Shadia and son Samir. The family moved several times, having lived in Manhattan, NY, Las Vegas NV, and Morocco, before returning to the United States and settling in New York. 

On December 24, 1978, Karina met Richard (Dick) S. Halpert, a retired architect, whom she married on September 3, 1989. Karina and Dick shared their home in Lake Katrine, NY,  and loved to travel. In addition to traveling, Karina enjoyed gardening, music, art, and spending time with her three grandchildren, Samara (16), Silvio (14), and Shadia (11).

Karina graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a BA in Fine Arts, was a long time member of ASK (Art Society of Kingston), and was a talented artist of oil and watercolor paintings.

She is survived by Dick, her loving companion of 44 years, her two beloved children, Shadia Hrichi, an author living in Northern California, and Samir Hrichi, owner of Ship to Shore Restaurant in Kingston, NY, her three grandchildren, as well as her loving sister Aija Blumfelds, nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

The family will celebrate Karina’s life in a private ceremony followed by a formal burial planned in the spring at the Latvian Memorial Park in Elka Park, NY. Prayers, messages for the family, and expressions of sympathy can be left at


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