Annabelle Karcz

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After 98 years, Annabelle Karcz gained her eternal wings and went home where the streets are golden, the angels sing and she was welcomed with open arms. She was born February 6, 1920, to Benjamin & Alma Kurtz in Advance, Wisconsin. Prior to becoming a wonderful mother, she graduated from Oshkosh Normal School and taught at Cloverleaf School in a one room school house. Annabelle met “Eddie” Karcz at a dance in Pulaski and a loving relationship blossomed into a marriage of 41 years. During their marriage, they owned and operated a butcher shop/grocery store, dry cleaners, and ultimately Karcz Motors Company. Behind every successful businessman is his wife and Annabelle was the epitome of this with her strength, grace, and style. Annabelle’s sense of style was evident in her life with her love for clothing and jewelry.

She enjoyed the beauty of flowers and collectibles and tastefully surrounded herself with her beautiful treasures. Her keen eye for style and color was also expressed through her painting, which began at the age of 80. She especially enjoyed spending time at her lake house in Wisconsin and having her family spend time with her there. She also spent winters in Florida where she loved hosting friends.

Annabelle was an avid reader even at the age of 98. Playing cards was one of her favorite pastimes and she also loved shopping and going out to eat. While raising her children she still found time to give back to the community through the Christian Mothers Society (CCW) at Assumption B.V.M. Parish. She was the local chairperson for the American Cancer Society for many years. She was a member of the Shawano Woman’s Club and the Shawano Red Hatters.

Annabelle sprinkled a little glitter wherever she went. She was known for her ease of conversation with anyone. She always took the time to listen and genuinely care. Each person was important to her and she left them with a piece of her through her contagious smile, kind words, and sincerity.

She instilled the motto “everything happens for a reason” with all her children. This has always brought us strength through difficult times.

Annabelle’s spirit lives on in her seven children and 15 grandchildren: Joanne (Mike) Kaeske and their children: Michelle and Michael Jr.; Bob (Linda) Karcz and their children: Kerri, Curt, Scott, Jeff, and Molly; Mike (Jeanne) Karcz and their son, Adam; Mary (Bill) Carlson and their daughters: Katie and Jessica; Annie (Eric) Ekum and their children: Nicholas and Elizabeth; Rick (Kelly) Karcz and their daughter, Andria; and Kris (Mark) Kipping and their children: Matthew and Paige; her 10 great grandchildren and one blessing arriving this month. She is further survived by in-laws: Eleanor Karcz, Bob Van Lannen, and Mary Ann (Dick) Blasczyk; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Annabelle will forever be an inspiration to those who knew her.

Her last years at Renaissance in De Pere were filled with genuine care, love, dignity and respect. The kindness shown to her by the staff will forever be appreciated by her family, who would also like to express their gratitude to her friends and caregivers.

In honor of our mother we hope that you will do an unexpected act of kindness for someone in her name. This will warm someone’s heart just as she did each day of her life.

The Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 12th at Assumption B.V.M. Church in Pulaski, Fr. Patrick Gawrylewski, O.F.M. presiding. Burial took place in the parish cemetery.