Charles Victor Karczewski
1 January, 1933 – 20 May, 2019
Charles V. Karczewski, age 86, of Valrico, FL passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019. He was born January 1st, 1933 in Clintonville Wisconsin to parents Erwin and Julia. He was the second of 5 children, his older sister Joyce passed away in 1998 but her four children Robert, Allen, Douglas, and Gail are here today. He is survived by his younger brother Bill and younger sister Ruth. They will be attending a family service on June 8th in Chicago.
Chuck grew up on the family farm in rural Wisconsin and graduated from Clintonville High School in 1951. He then joined the Army National Guard, the Red Arrow Division, in 1952 and when the family moved to Park Forest Illinois 1954 he transferred to the Illinois National Guard. He went active duty 1957 for two years and returned to the Chicago area in 1959.
He started working at the A & P Bakery in Chicago where he met his wife of 54 years Alma Schaltenis. They were married in 1960 and then had their only child David in 1961.
Chuck started working for Dow Chemical driving a truck in 1963 and his life was changed when he was hit by a train on September 24, 1964 which led to him being a paraplegic for the next 55 years. The family moved to Carbondale Illinois in 1967 where Chuck attended Southern Illinois University for 4 years and received a degree Industrial Technology. During summer vacations the family toured the country in their Airstream trailer. Once graduated, Chuck took a job with Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan; however, after visiting Florida one Christmas the family moved to Tampa Bay.
Chuck soon became active with the Paralyzed Veterans of America in the Tampa Bay until he and Alma were coaxed into moving to Seattle where they lived from 1988 thru 2008. Skip will further expand on his PVA career in a moment.
They returned Florida in 2008 to be closer to grandson Ryan, living retired couples life in Valrico. Alma passed away in 2014 and is now once again joined by her husband. Chuck never saw his injury as a handicap but instead a challenge.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 12:00 pm, Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, 2323 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL. Visitation will be held one hour prior, from 11:00-12:00 pm at the funeral home. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Bay Pines National Cemetery, St Petersburg, FL. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Paralyzed Veteran's of America. https://pva.org/
- Visitation Wednesday, 29 May , 2019
- Celebration of Life Wednesday, 29 May , 2019
Charles Victor Karczewski
31 October 2019
Dear David and family,
I am in shock over the death of Chuck. I had a premonition this morning and could not believe this when I looked him up. So many memories are wrapped around he and Alma. I can't talk about Chuck without talking about Alma. They were major influences and mentors in my husband ((Chuck also) adjustment to life in a wheelchair. They introduced us to wheelchair bowling, organic gardening, woodworking, the PVA. We shared the love of camping, building custom homes and my house still holds dear handmade gifts from both of them. Birdhouses-windchimes, knitted blankets, painted rocks, and more. Our lives were blessed by their friendship.
My heart goes out to you but it is comforting to know our loved ones left a mark on this world.
Love , Carin Bicker
Kay Rocheford Rocheford
4 June 2019
Our deepest sympathy
When someone you love becomes a memory... that memory becomes a treasure.
May your own precious memories be a comfort to you now and throughout the days to come.
Kay (Karczewski) Rocheford
30 May 2019
We were so sorry that we were unable to attend the service. Dave, I’ll always remember how great your dad was with the cub scouts. And always involved in what they were doing. And the kids loved it! Sending your whole family our heartfelt thoughts and prayers.
30 May 2019
We did not know you well but we know your son and he is a wonderful father, friend and leader. You and your wife did a great job raising him. RIP. The Usleman Family
27 May 2019
I APOLOGIZE FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO ATTEND THE SERVICES. CHUCK WAS A GOOD FRIEND AND BOWLING PARTNER.
REST WELL CHUCK , YOU HAVE GOT IT COMING...
26 May 2019
My good friend and weekly bowling partner. We will truly miss you...
23 May 2019
Chuck never let himself be limited in his activities, which was just one of his many admirable qualities. With a great sense of humor, his down-to-earth approach to life was endearing , and he made all who met him comfortable. He lived life with gusto, and brought joy and energy into any social occasion. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. Angie, James and I will miss him terribly. ( picture: Thanksgiving, 2014 with Mom, Angie and Bill Hails)