Frank C. Karpowicz, Jr. Posted: 2019-10-06 08:47:25

Frank C. Karpowicz, Jr.


Frank Charles Karpowicz, Jr. 82 of Huntley, died peacefully, October 4, 2019 at his home with his family by his side.
Visitation will be on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 4-8pm at DeFiore Funeral Home-10763 Dundee Road, Huntley. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, 10:00am at St. Mary Catholic Church-10307 Dundee Road, Huntley. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Society of St. Vincent DePaul, St. Mary’s Parish.
Frank was born January 22, 1937 in Peoria, Illinois the son of Frank and Sophie Karpowicz, attended Spalding Institute and graduated from Lewis University. On September 6, 1958 he married Mary Elizabeth Wiles, his high school sweetheart. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who will be missed by all who knew him. Frank was an enthusiastic, lifelong St. Louis Cardinal fan. He spent many seasons coaching his sons’ youth football and baseball teams, and in retirement enjoyed regular rounds with his golf buddies, scoring a hole-in-one when he was 80 years old.
Frank was instrumental in founding The Society of St. Vincent DePaul in the Rockford Diocese, while advancing the society’s mission as the Northwestern Regional Chairperson.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, his children, Kelly (Robert) Olejniczak, Kathyrn (Mike) Carroll, Frank (Karen McCurdy) Karpowicz III, Stephen (Linda) Karpowicz, Mary Beth (John) Jilek and John (Tami) Karpowicz, grandchildren: Matthew ( Sarah), Michael, Kailin (Jason), Boston (Haley), Meghan (Ryan), Joseph, Thomas, Jacqueline, Kristin, Angie, Christina, Stefan, Joseph, Elizabeth (Josh), Sarah, Meg, Faith, Frances, Benjamin, Sophie and Jack, by his 7 great grandchildren, Walter, Freddie, Dominic, Luke, Mary, Alanna and Rosalia. He is also survived by his sisters, Katherine Vlasis, Marie Doak, Frances Kidd, and brother, Daniel (Shirley) Karpowicz. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Betty.
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Frank Sansone 2019-10-06 10:49:03

So sorry to hear of your loss. Frank will be missed. I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers.

Jeanne and David Hatper 2019-10-06 14:06:32

Know you are all in our prayers...he was one of Gods gifts to the Society and all of us Vincentians...he will be missed.

Ted & Jackie Rotzoll 2019-10-06 14:21:39

Mary and the Family, know that Frank was a good friend, neighbor and a GREAT GUY. He will be greatly missed on the block and in our neighborhood. Our prayers and thoughts will be with the Karpowicz Family, always.

Sue Gutierrez 2019-10-06 14:30:28

Marybeth My deepest sympathies go out to you & your family...may peace be with you all at this difficult time...keep those memories close & your Daddy will always be with you ????????❤

Dick & Gerry Groves 2019-10-06 15:07:17

We are so sorry for your loss! Frank was a great friend & golf buddy for many years. He will surely be missed. Our prayers are with his family! ????????????????

Ron and Flo Ciskoski 2019-10-06 18:22:40

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Frank. He was a special person always willing to help others around him. Will miss his smiling face in church. Our prayers go out to all the family, May Frank rest in peace!

Maureen Duy Bjorgo 2019-10-07 06:00:44

Sorry for your loss, your family is in our prayers. Frank was a good person and good to work with.

Jerry and Janet Taylor 2019-10-07 07:29:52

Our thoughts and prayers are with Frank's family at this time. May God be all you need to bring you through this most difficult time.

Phil & Joyce Kennedy 2019-10-07 09:23:18

Frank was a very Special Person to his Family and Friends. He gave so much to his Church and St. Vincent de Paul Society. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and Family. He will be missed by all of us. May his Soul Rest in Peace.

Tom Gierlach 2019-10-07 10:42:56

My deepest sympathies to the Karpowicz family.

Tom and Chere Anderson 2019-10-07 11:03:39

What a fine man he was. Fold yourselves up in sweet memories as you heal.

Fred & Mary Anne Palumbo 2019-10-07 11:53:00

We send our sincere condolence to the Karpowicz family for their loss of this great man. We will remember Frank as a man who quietly influenced the lives of many Christians with his outward love of Jesus Christ. We thank you. Frank for making our lives & the lives of so many better on earth & contributing to preparing us for the life hereafter. We know you are rewarded with a special place in Heaven.

Dale & Diane Schoenrock 2019-10-07 12:23:01

Our condolences go out to Mary and the rest of your family. May God give you strength to get through this difficult time knowing Frank is at peace. He will be missed .

Christine (Holcomb) Elston and Andrew Holcomb 2019-10-08 08:49:55

Dear Kathy and family, we are so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. We know you loved him dearly. Sincerely, Christine (Holcomb) Elston and Andrew Holcomb

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Lynn & George Kosmak 2019-10-11 06:30:29

We moved here the end of 2015 and found out early on what great friends Frank and Mary were. We will miss his smiling face and his willingness to help where needed. Frank may you be at peace now free from the pain and suffering. God be with you!