Joseph D Karban

January 9, 1941February 19, 2021

Joseph D Karban, 80 years old, of Belleville, IL, passed peacefully on Friday February 19, 2021. Joe was born on January 9, 1941 in Millstadt, IL.

Mr. Karban was a proud 60-year member of the Southern Illinois Carpenters Union. During his career, he built countless commercial and residential structures in many states that will outlast generations. Joe was a distinguished member of “The 76’ers”, a local group that raised money for local youth baseball. Throughout his life, Joe had a passion and love for woodworking & furniture building. He selflessly shared these skills by passing them on to his son & building for others. He could create amazing pieces often with no more than a vague description of the desired finished product. Joe also had a love of classic cars and enjoyed restoring them with his son and their many friends. He was meticulous during all projects and took his role as self-appointed working foreman very seriously stopping by often, with his 4-legged side kick Brandy, for quality control and share his comradery. When Joe was not “supervising”, he enjoyed working on a great variety of projects with his friend Don. Joe enjoyed cooking and watching NASCAR with his devoted wife of 59 years, Rosemary. He truly valued the numerous bus tours, trips, and adventures they took over their many years of marriage.

Joseph was preceded in death by his father, Sylvester Karban; his mother Otilla Ann Karban-Schneider, nee Muskopf; brother Donald Karban and niece Dana Ann Karban.

Surviving are his wife, Rosemary Karban, nee Toth; his son Joseph N Karban (Debby); his nephew Jeff Karban; great niece Kloi Karban; sister-in-law Rosetta Karban and his lifelong, best friend Don Poirot.

A special heart felt THANK YOU to the many friends & Health Care Staff that helped in various, countless, invaluable ways as Joe's health deteriorated.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to American Heart Association, or the Beagle Freedom Project, Condolences may also be expressed online at

Funeral: Services are in the care of Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois. A memorial service to be held at a later date.


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Todd Keller

February 26, 2021

I have many good memories of Joe which include working on cars, working on my son's historic home restoration and woodworking in Joe's shop. Joe was an excellent carpenter and master woodworker who was always willing to help and share his knowledge. My favorite memory is the trip that Joe, Little Joe and I took to Columbus, Ohio in 1993 to spend several days attending the Street Rod Nationals. Joe said we were going to take Rosemary's new Pontiac but he was not driving, I was! What a great road trip with a treasured friend. My thoughts are with Rosemary and Little Joe during this difficult time.

P McNeil

February 26, 2021

Dear Family and Friends,
I wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold dear in your hearts. May you all be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.

Judy Saeger

February 26, 2021

Dear Rosemary, Please accept my sympathy on the death of your husband. May you be comforted by fond memories.


February 26, 2021


deb Nelson

February 25, 2021

What a great man! I've been the recipient of his talent & generosity too many times to count on projects ranging from a flawlessly restored 1930s glider to an cleverly designed piece of furniture to to house thousands of stuffed animals & everything in between. You'll be missed more than you know, especially when I'm the only one going in for dessert 2nds on the holidays ..

Virgil Oeltjen

February 25, 2021

Back in the day I enjoyed Joe’s friendship.
He and I and Denny Kern enjoyed a few good laughs.He is lost but will never be forgotten. My condolences to you and your family Rosemary.

Marlene Herrmann

February 25, 2021

Rosemary so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. May he RIP , prayers are with you and your family 🙏.

Rik Taylor

February 24, 2021

Our deepest sympathies. Praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Rik and Kelly