George Karazia

George Karazia, 84, known to his friends as "Brownie," passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

George was born in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Charles and Theresa Karazia. He had been a life resident and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was in the 29th Army Infantry Regiment in Okinawa, during which he proudly played football for the U.S. Army Raiders.

His business ventures included Brown's Cleaners. But his passion for horses and thoroughbred racing led him to invest in On-Top Stables as owner and trainer.

George had been preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Freeman Karazia, and by brothers, John, Charles and Michael Karazia, along with sisters, Mary McClain Zygmunt and Julia Karazia.

He is survived by nieces and nephews, Mary Ellen M. (Jack) Carson, Charles (Mary) McClain, Susan K. (Greg) Vogelzegesang and John (Bonnie) Karazia, Gail Ann K. (Charles) Murray, Theresa K. (Shawn Davis). Their children are Amy Carson Gross, Bryan McClain, Ann M. George, Ellen Misnik, Cody Karazia and John Karazia Jr.

The family would like to extend their thanks to all his friends, doctors and nurses for their care and love throughout the years.

Funeral services will be held at noon Monday from Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Myklaylo Prodanets, pastor of St. John's Byzantine Rite Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre Township, officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the .

Condolences may be sent by visiting George's obituary at

Funeral Home

Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home
89 Park Ave Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
(570) 825-3138

Published in Citizens' Voice from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2013