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Michael "Mike" Karolchik

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Michael "Mike" Karolchik, 87, of Mount Airy, and formerly of Ebensburg, Pa., died Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at his home.

Born July 25, 1925, in Edwardsville, Pa., he was the son of the late John and Mary Shimko Karolchik, and brother of eight siblings. He was the husband of Betty Scott Karolchik, whom he married Sept. 7, 1950.

He was director of counseling for Westmont Hilltop High School, Westmont, Pa.; music director for Cambria Heights (John Carroll) High School, Patton, Pa., and a college instructor. He ran a musical instrument repair business well into his retirement.

He attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University and University of Buffalo.

He served with the U.S. Navy as a radioman-gunner on a Helldiver aboard the USS Intrepid during World War II.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators, American Personnel and Guidance Association, Winnebago-Itasca Travelers, National Campers and Hikers Association and Kiwanis International.

He particularly enjoyed camping with his family and friends, gardening and working on his home computer. He was a talented artist and musician, and an active member of the Mount Airy Senior Center and local Kiwanis Club.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are daughter Donna Karolchik, of Santa Cruz, Calif.; sons Michael Karolchik, of Morgantown, W.Va., and Joseph Karolchik, of Woodbine; and grandsons Michael and Zachary Karolchik, of Morgantown, W.Va.

A memorial service and reception will be held at noon Tuesday in the chapel at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 1125 St. Michael's Road, Poplar Springs, with the Rev. Michael J. Ruane officiating. Private inurnment at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in Owings Mills.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at or to Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157 at

Arrangements are by Burrier-Queen Funeral Home & Crematory.

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Burrier-Queen Funeral Directors, P.A.
1212 W. Old Liberty Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
Published in Carroll County Times on June 8, 2013
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