MONTOURSVILLE — Joseph R. Karpinski, formerly of Bennett Street, Montoursville, entered into eternal life with our Lord Friday, March 7, 2014, at Adams House, Tampa, Fla., under the care of LifePath Hospice. He resided in Riverview, Fla., during winter months and as a permanent resident since 2007.
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Born in Shamokin, Sept. 18, 1923, he was a son of Leo P. and Pearl A. (Bartosic) Karpinski.
He was a retired administrator of the Williamsport Area School District. He served as coordinator of information services and federal programs. His earlier employment was as a reporter and sports editor of the former Shamokin Citizen, special centennial editor of the Lincoln Courier, Lincoln, Ill. He was a reporter and political columnist of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
Joe was a well-known high school and collegiate basketball official as well as a baseball and softball umpire. He hosted a polka show on local radio stations. He enjoyed sports, particularly Notre Dame athletics and Major League Baseball. He served as the VIP stadium usher for the Cincinnati Reds when they held spring training in Plant City, Fla. He was a maven for academic excellence in all levels of education. He was especially proud of his granddaughters' accomplishments.
He was a 1941 graduate of Coal Township High School and a 1950 graduate of Mount Saint Mary's University, Emmitsburg, Md., with a degree in journalism. He was a man of many questions. It was from his inquisitiveness that led him to enjoy countless facets of life. He had a passion for the welfare of humankind, his ethnicity, education and his Christian faith. He was a patriot, an ecumenist, a thespian, an editor and best friend. When he chose a path, he pursued it with gusto. His passion led him to excellence in whatever he pursued.
He was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Navy (aviation). He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Montoursville, where he acted as religious education director and parish council president.
Joe was a life member of the Saint Francis Seraficki Society in Shamokin; a member of American Legion Post 104, Montoursville, and the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR). He was one of the founders of the Pennsylvania Association of Federal Program Coordinators, an educational support organization. He was a founding member of the Notre Dame Club of Williamsport.
He was married to the former Rose E. Lishewski July 1, 1950. She predeceased him in January 2013.
He is survived by a son, Joseph E., and his spouse, Sue, of Valrico, Fla.; a brother, Leon Karpinski, and his wife, Connie, of Coal Township; three granddaughters, Jennifer (Tim) Getsay, of North Oak, Minn., Andrea (Levi) Nunley, of Aldan, and Alexa Karpinski, Nashville, Tenn., and great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Katherine Getsay.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Mack, formerly of Shamokin.
KARPINSKI — Joseph R. Karpinski, formerly of Bennett Street, Montoursville. In keeping with Joe's wishes, a Mass of Christian Burial to commemorate Joe's life will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, April 7, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Montoursville. The Rev. John Manno will be the celebrant. Interment will be in the Cemetery at Mount Saint Mary's Emmitsburg, Md., at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 100 Walnut St., Montoursville 17764, or the American Red Cross Blood Bank. Arrangements are entrusted to Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon, Fla.
Stowers Funeral Home
401 West Brandon Blvd
Brandon, FL 335115001
Published in The News Item on Mar. 26, 2014