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Eugene (Gene) Karnowski


1914 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Eugene (Gene) Karnowski Obituary
EUGENE ADAM KARNOWSKI Sept. 6, 1914 - June 10, 2014 Eugene Adam "Gene" Karnowski passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Almond Blossom Assisted Living, Chico, CA. Gene was born on September 6, 1914, in Little Falls, Minnesota, to John and Stella (Rudnik) Karnowski. He was the eldest of nine children. Gene, a WWII veteran, served with the U.S. Navy for 32 years in active and reserve status, retiring as a Lieutenant. He was a member of Advanced Destroyer Base One, the first Unit sent to Pearl Harbor to begin salvage work after the December 7 attack. Gene met his beloved wife, Muriel Sophia Popp, while stationed on Honolulu, HI, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. They married in Honolulu on May 26, 1944. Gene and Muriel were blessed with 66 years of marriage. After retiring from employment as Production Superintendent from Algas Industries, Dallas TX, he and Muriel enjoyed 30 years of travel and time with family, living most of their retirement years in Brownsville, TX, and Paradise, CA. Gene was an active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Paradise, CA; a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers; The Retired Officers Association; BPOE Elks Lodge 2026; The Knights of Columbus Council 7773 where he served as Grand Knight; and The John T. Donohue Assembly 67 as Faithful Navigator. Gene's hobbies included choir, gardening, golfing, RVing and woodworking. Gene was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sisters Florence Zak and Margaret Gammon; and brothers Adolph (Toby), Frederick and Richard (Dick). Gene is survived by his five children: John (wife, Ann), Dallas, TX; Douglas, Barre, VT; Steven, Chico, CA; Eugenia Swyers (husband, John), Sun Valley, ID; and Kathryn Howard (husband, Jeffery), Livermore, CA. He is also survived by his three grandchildren: Michael Karnowski, Sarah Karnowski, and Kasi Howard; brothers Florian (Jake), James; and Theresa (Terry) Clemmons. Visitation and a funeral mass will be held in Little Falls, MN, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, followed by a memorial service for both Gene & Muriel at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, on Friday, August 29.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on June 22, 2014
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