Karoline Maria ‘Karla’ Schmitt Beasley, 88, accomplished musician and opera singer

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Karoline Maria ‘Karla’ Beasley passed peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, during a brief stay at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital due to a sudden illness.

Karoline Maria was born May 14, 1928, in Bamberg, Germany, to Ignaz and Meta Schmitt. She was second eldest and last surviving of five siblings. The family owned a music shop, and Karla was trained in voice, piano and violin. She was an accomplished musician and opera singer.

Karla was a devoted wife and mother. She met her husband, Theodore Louden Beasley, who passed in 1995, while serving as a translator for the American Occupation forces just after the war. During Lt. Col. Beasley’s U.S. Army career, the couple and their children resided in Germany, Missouri and Illinois, settling in Virginia Beach his retirement from the U.S. Army in 1961.

Karla was a member of Eastern Shore Chapel for over 50 years. She was a dedicated choir member, served on the vestry, was a member of The Women of the Church group, helped run The Food Closet, and helped to create the now famous Holy Chow Cookbook, and roasted, prepared and sold peanuts to raise money for the church. She was a member of The King’s Daughters.

As a tireless member of the Virginia Beach Civic Chorus, Karla wore many hats as needs arose: singer, actress, wardrobe mistress, costume designer and seamstress were among them. As a member of Point O’ Woods in Virginia Beach, she was an active Garden Club member, serving on the board various times. Karla was a patron of the symphony and the opera.

She is survived by her four children and their families, including six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren as follows: eldest son Teddy and wife Linda of Smyrna, Ga., their daughter Maria McDonald, husband Walter and daughter Zoe also of Smyrna, Ga., son Louie of Chesapeake, Va., his daughter Jessica Beasley and her son Ewan Gallaher, as well as Jessica’s mother Cathy Beasley and her son Tommy Benton, all of Tidewater, Va., daughter Meta Wilson and husband Michael of Raleigh, N.C., and their daughter Mary Kanon and her husband Matt, of Wilson, N.C., youngest daughter, Cathy Motley and husband Art of Chesapeake, Va., their daughter Alison Motley, husband Jarrell Williams and their son, Lennon of Virginia Beach and daughter Alexis Motley of Providence, R.I.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Eastern Shore Chapel in Virginia Beach.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

Online condolences can be made to the family at hdoliver.com.