Casey Funeral Home

350 Slosson Ave, Staten Island, NY


Karen LoBaido

March 17, 1943December 28, 2019
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Staten Island native Karen LoBaido, an artist and creative designer and a pioneer of sorts for women in real estate, died Saturday in her Dongan Hills home surrounded by her loved ones. She was 76.

Born to Roslyn and Charles Pansarasa on March 17, 1943, Karen swapped her winters for her second home in Hilton Head, S.C.

She attended New Dorp High School, graduating in 1960, and married her childhood sweetheart, Salvatore J. LoBaido, two years later on Sept. 15.

The couple met at the former Prestel’s Candy Store in Dongan Hills as young teenagers, and more than six decades later, their marriage stands as clear testimony to a profound, kindred connection, said their daughter-in-law, Lillian LoBaido.

“There is a terrible quiet where her laughter lived, an empty seat at the table, where her meals, her warmth, her wit and her love nourished us all,” said Lillian.

“Three treasured sons will forever keep her essence safe and cherished within their hearts. Her life lessons will reside in them, their children, and their children’s descendants, for years to come. Never afraid to speak her mind, Karen was a pioneer of sorts; blazing her swath in real estate at a time when the industry was predominantly run by men,” she said.

She learned the trade working for others for years, and then, launched her own brokerage in New Dorp, Star Homes Realty, which thrived for five decades under her sole oversight.

Partners in life and in business, the LoBaido’s also owned and operated a successful home-building enterprise.

Gifted in a number of ways, Karen was an artist and a creator designing detailed plans for two consecutive homes in Dongan Hills, as well as a skilled painter and a sculptor, always finding inspiration from the natural world.

She found immense peace in her gardens and koi pond, which she and Sal personally landscaped and maintained.

Lillian explained Karen was an animal lover, an antique hunter, an avid reader, and a mindful, generous soul.

“But her gifts extended far beyond the tangible. Karen gifted her family a legacy of wisdom, candor, acceptance and grace not often seen,” she said.

Every holiday, big or small, she opened her home to her family, her friends, and anyone who needed a safe harbor. She always made room at her table for an extra soul in search of a warm hearth.

For a year, she hosted distant relatives who had been displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Her home was everyone’s home. She was a friend to so many, but always kept her precious circle of cohorts from childhood close by.

Her love of animals was legendary — her home often serving as a clinic to myriad sick creatures through the years, including a blue heron, a spider monkey and a squirrel.

Left to savor the impact of her significant life are her beloved husband of 57 years, Salvatore J. LoBaido, her cherished sons, Salvatore LoBaido (Lilly), Scott LoBaido (Jess) and Steven LoBaido (Stephanie), her loving siblings, Arlene Volsario, Linda Maluk (Steve) and Carl Pansarasa (Francis), and her brother-in-law Philip Licastri.

She was the quintessential Nanny to her adoring grandchildren: Sarah (Frank) Tedeschi, Michael LoBaido (McCall), Gabriel LoBaido, and Genevieve LoBaido, and her great-grandchildren: Farrah, Aubrey, Sonny, and Frankie.

She also leaves nieces and nephews: Linda, Peter, Lenora, Joseph, Maria, Kathy, Vincent, Philip, Eddie, Krista, Jackie, Jessica, Charlie, Jamie and Sasha, as well as her dearest friend, Kitty.

She was predeceased by her parents, her infant sister, Roslyn Rita Pansarasa, her mother and father-in-law, Mary and Salvatore LoBaido, her sisters-in-law, Louise Licastri, and Lenora Varriano, her brother-in-law Peter Varriano and her nephew Salvatore Licastri.

“Karen LoBaido died as she lived: with grace, courage and a never-ending sense of humor. She will forever be celebrated, grieved, loved and honored and her magnificent heritage will live on through her family forever,” continued Lillian.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Casey’s Funeral Home, 350 Slosson Ave., Castleton Corners. Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 29 and Monday, Dec. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.

A mass of Christian burial will be in St. Ann’s R.C. Church, 101 Cromwell Ave., Dongan Hills, on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 10 a.m.

Burial will follow in Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp.

In Karen’s memory, and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SICAW or any no-kill shelter of choice.

Lillian LoBaido contributed to this report.


  • Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare


  • Visitation Sunday, December 29, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, December 29, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, December 30, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, December 30, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, December 31, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, December 31, 2019


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Karen Brill

January 2, 2020

I am so sorry to hear that Karen has passed away - She was such a wonderful person - to know her was to love her - so many wonderful memories - my deepest sympathy to her wonderful husband and three great kids - Sal, Scott and Steven and all her family -

With all my love to all -

Karen Brill and family

Gary Chiappa

December 30, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the family.
I knew Karen back in the 80's when she had the Real Estate office in Annadale. She was a wonderful person and Realtor. She had compassion and cared for all of her clients. I truly enjoyed working with her. Rest In Peace.
Gary Chiappa

Sheryl Santelli

December 29, 2019

You beauty and spirit will be missed
.. RIP to my Godmother

Sean Sweeney

December 29, 2019

Although I spent many years away from my extended family, the memories of my childhood in the Lobaido family is sweet.
In life we try not to have many regrets but I do wish I would have had the wisdom to spend more time with these loving people.
My heart goes out to all of you in this sad time.
Love, Sean Sweeney.

Carol Pally

December 28, 2019

Karen and I met at her yard sale when she was planning to downsize. We realized that we have a lot in common - our love of gardening, animals, humor and especially family. Over the years we stayed in touch.
Being Brooklyn transplants, my husband and I learned about and met the LoBaido family through community events and the Advance. The bonds grew with time.
I will miss her beautiful smile and generous spirit.
We offer our most sincere condolences to all of her loved ones. Heaven gained a special angel today.
Warmest wishes,
Carol & Jack Pally