“HANK” of Waterford, passed away October 31, 2017 at 94 years of age. Loving husband of Ruth Alene (nee Newman) for 68 years; father of Mark Erwin Karwas, Tucson, AZ, Marta Suzanne (Gary) Slocum, Lake Ann, MI, and Marcia Ruth (Bobbi Bonace) Karwas, Lake Angelus, MI; grandfather of Nicklaus (Jessica) Karwas Slocum and Joseph (Cynthia Brandon) Karwas Slocum; special great grandfather of Joshua, Grace, and Audrey Slocum; brother of Fred (Wanda) Karwas. Preceded in death by his parents Charles and Antoinette Karwas; brother, Richard Joseph Karwas. Survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends who will all cherish memories of the lake and sliding parties. Preceded in death by: in laws Ward and Della Newman; sister in law Wilma (Lyle) Saum; brothers in law, Max (Marge) Newman, Erwin (Betty) Newman, Wesley (Thelma) Newman, and Ward (Maxine) Newman; niece Ruth Ann Robinson, nephew John Saum, and great nephew Michael Saum. Hank was a 3 letter man and graduate of Jackson High School; Western Michigan University, Wayne State University, and a veteran of the US Marine Corp WWII. He served the parents and students of the Waterford School District for over 30 years as an elementary school principal for Jayno Adams and Grayson schools. Henry enjoyed many sports throughout his life including blooper ball, playing poker, and golf. He also enjoyed duck hunting, and deer hunting with his grandsons.
Family will receive friends Friday 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at COATS FUNERAL HOME-WATERFORD.
In lieu of flowers, Hank ask that you spend time with a child and send donations to the Grayson School PTO, c/o Lynn Bigelman, 3800 W. Walton Blvd, Waterford, 48329.
Sue (Booker) Rose
So very sorry to hear about your dad, Mark. It's hard to lose your dad. He sounded like a remarkable man. And married over 60 yrs.! Kerry & I will be married 50yrs. next Aug. May the many fond memories you each hold in your heart, help ease the pain of your grief. Our thoughts are with yiu. Harry, Russ, & Sue
Hank, a class act in every way, was an Elementary School Principal who respected and loved children. Henry, I hope you and Art Linklitter are running a kindergarten somewhere.
Sorry about Mr. Karwas passing, he was a wonderful man, I remember him as my elementary school principal, I went to Grayson as did my children. I saw him later in life and he remembered me. May he RIP, love you Mr. Karwas.
Jackie & Mike Hartleroad
I’m so sorry and sadden to hear of the passing of Mr. Karwas. Mr. Karwas was one of the kindest individuals that I have ever met. I have such fond memories of him from my childhood, as he was always quick with a fun-loving tease, which made me feel so special. He had such an impact on so many folks, especially our family (the Slocum clan). I am so grateful for Mr. and Mrs. Karwas, as they brought Marta into the world, and ultimately into our family.
May happy memories carry the family through this sorrowful time. Our hearts are with all of you.
Jackie & Mike Hartleroad
Loved by generations of elementry students and their parents.
Kathy (Beal) Burns
I am so sorry to hear of Mr.Karwas passing he was such an influential man in my life. Every day the excitement of going to Jayno Adams and getting our hugs from him. All of the Beal kids loved him whether at Jayno or Grayson. Mark and I were good friends through grade and high school
and your family is just like ours! Prayers Love and Hugs
to all of you.
Kathy (Beal) Burns
So sorry to hear about Mr. Karwas passing. He was such a wonderful, kind, generous and caring person. The memories of him at Grayson will always be with me. RIP Mr. Karwas. Thank you for all that you did.
Mr. Karwas was by far my favorite Principal. I had to the pleasure of spending plenty of time in his office during my years spent at Grayson Elementary. Prayers go out to his family.
Mary Heikkinen Williams
Mr. Karwas was my principal at David Grayson Elementary School. I remember getting in trouble with him for fighting with the boys. My mother, Beatrice Gutzke was in high school with him. Small world......
Carrie (Beutler) Giles
I am so sorry for your loss He was my principal all the way through elementary school. I am sure you have heard this before but he was a good man and my prayers go out to you and the family.
What a kind and wonderful man! So very sorry for your loss. When I was in 6th grade at Grayson On the class “camp trip” I had an Asthma attack and Mr Karwas stayed with me and drive me into town to meet my parents. I have never forgotten his kindness. Your family will be in our prayers!
So sorry to hear this-Mr. Karwas was a very Positive Influence on so many children in Waterford. I did make some trips to his office while at Grayson-he was a very calm voice of reason for a scared young man. I was very happy to see him at a friends wedding about 20 years ago & we talked about the Grayson days while drinking some beer-one of my fondest memories of him! He was one of a kind-no one will ever replace.....
I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Karwas' passing. His time as principal at Grayson Elementary is eternally etched in my memory. He stood up for my rights to read far above my grade level in a time that children weren't supposed to do that. I have taken that lesson with me and helped other kids like myself. He will always be part of my memories.
My condolences to the Karwas family.
Mark, Marta and Cia
Lisa , Robbie and I are sorry to hear this news. So glad he was surrounded by loved ones during his last years
Each of you and the grandkids are in our thoughts and hearts today
Beverly (Harper) Huffman
Our condolences to the family. We shall always remember our principal, Mr. Karwas. He was a hero to all of us, but especially to the kindergarteners.
Peace to the family,
Kenneth and Beverly Huffman
Amy (Arnold) Healey
Without question "Uncle Hank" will always be one of my all time favorite people. I'm so blessed to have been a part of his life and will always treasure the fond memories of the way he made especially young kids feel not so small and the legendary annual Karwas sliding parties.
I wish I could be there in person, but you are all in my thoughts.
Much love to the entire Karwas and Slocum families
Carol and Wayne Pyke
Hank has left a legacy of kindness, humor and loyalty that we should all cherish.
Zora Zdunic Mccarthy
My condolences to the Karwas family. I was in the very first kindergarten class at Jayno Adams many, many years ago! Mr Karwas was such a kind and wonderful principal. Our family thought the world of him.
I remember him fondly, he was there at Grayson to meet me personally my first day at a new school, our old neighbors ( the Newmans) had told him I was coming. He was always so nice. In fact one time I had a allergic reaction to something at school and He drove me home then drove my mom and I to the hospital were my dad met us. His family is in my prayers
"Uncle Hank" was such a wonderful man. I'll never forget those summer picnics and his spitting or throwing water melon seeds. Then there's the bike ride where no one bothered to tell me the bike had no brakes! I know Mark, Marcia, and Marta, you realize how fortunate you were to have him as your dad. He and "Aunt Ruth" had a wonderful relationship and were great role models to all of you. He will forever be missed and has a special place in my heart. Jim and I send you our deepest sympathies. Love to you all!
So sorry to hear, many good memories.