WARREN BARRY KARAS

w-karas-webphoto.jpgWarren B. Karas, of Stanchfield, died on Wednesday October 7, 2009. He was 58 Years old.

FUNERAL MASS will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, October 12, 2009 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Braham.

VISITATION will be from 6 to 8 PM on Sunday, October 11 at Rock Ingebrand Chapel in Braham and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.


Warren Barry Karas was born on May 31st, 1951 to Don and Delores Karas in Rush City, MN. He graduated from Rush City High School in 1969.
Throughout high school Warren enjoyed football, baseball, hunting, and fishing. The love of these sports continued throughout his life. Immediately following high school, Warren began his career as a Sprinkler Fitter with Local Union 669.

On May 31st 1975, he married Ginni (Hauglie) Karas at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rush City. After residing in Anoka for one year, they moved to their present home in Stanchfield. Warren took great pride in growing plants such as peach trees, plum trees, grape vines, strawberries, raspberries, lilies, and many other flowers and vegetables. He marveled at how one little seed could grow into such a beautiful plant.
Warren retired from Brothers Fire Protection in July, 2007, after working 38 years in the sprinkler industry. He loved his work with the union and became great friends with numerous coworkers. His story-telling abilities and sense of humor made the workday fly by for others. Aside from being with family and friends, his greatest enjoyment was the sights, sounds and smells of nature.
Warren was preceded in death by his father Don Karas.
Warren is survived by his mother, Delores of Rush City, wife, Ginni, four children, Michelle (Jonathan) Boeck of Ramsey, Kelsey Hollenkamp of Rush City, Blake Karas of River Falls, Wisconsin, Jack Karas of St. Cloud and two brothers, Alan Karas of Luck, Wisconsin, and Don Jr. (Mary) of Portland, Oregon and three grandchildren, Kiera Hollenkamp, Jillian Hollenkamp and Vincent Boeck. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
A Funeral Mass was held on Monday, October 12, 2009 at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Braham with celebrants Father Nicholas Zimmer and Deacon Tom Pinataro. Music was provided by Joni Nelson. Casketbearers were Robert Anderson, Stephen Smith, Frank Mortensen, Gary Johnson, Alan Karas, and Don Karas Jr.

20 guestbook entries for WARREN BARRY KARAS

  1. Linda & Jim Heaton October 9, 2009 at 9:36 am #

    Ginni & Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  2. Kirk Dahlstrom October 9, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    Ginni and Family-
    I was shocked to hear of Warren’s passing. Please accept my condolences and extend those thoughts to Delores, Don and Alan.
    May your sadness be tempered by many good memories and the knowledge of what a good person Warren was.
    Kirk Dahlstrom

  3. Debbie Jacobson October 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm #

    Ginni

    I am so sorry to hear this news and am shocked! My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  4. Frank Winges October 10, 2009 at 10:19 am #

    Ginni & Family
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    A true sportsman, friend and nature lover.

    Warren will be missed by all.

  5. Bev & Richard Lofstuen October 11, 2009 at 9:15 am #

    Ginni and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Warren was such a terrific guy and we have so many fond memories of him. We will miss him always but now his is at peace.
    With love and sympathy,
    Bev & Richard

  6. Joel Anderson October 11, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    To the entire Karas family,

    My deepest sympathy to all of you. Warren’s passing is a very sad time for all who knew him. I feel blessed to have so many great memories of the times we shared in our youth. He was a great teammate and dear friend.

  7. Jenni Pederson October 11, 2009 at 6:19 pm #

    Michelle,

    My heart goes out to you and your family.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Jenni

  8. Peggy Owen October 12, 2009 at 8:20 am #

    Michelle,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and hope that the love of family and friends will comfort you.

    With sympathy, Peggy

  9. Mindy Dahlberg October 12, 2009 at 8:38 am #

    Michelle,

    I am very sorry for your loss. My family will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Mindy

  10. Joe Younglove October 12, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    Although I couldn’t attend Warren’s funeral, he has been in my thoughts, especially after I read his obituary, and thought about how meaningful it is that he grew so many flowers, plants and foods. He made a beautiful imprint on the world. When I think of Warren I picture the way he always smiled when we talked.

  11. Traci and Jason Lehman October 12, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    Michelle,

    Jason and I are very sorry for the loss of your Dad. God bless your family during this difficult time. Please let me know if there is anything we do for you. Take care of yourself.

  12. The Steffls October 12, 2009 at 6:39 pm #

    So sorry I couldn’t be with you all today, but my thoughts and prayers are always with you guys! And as always, if you need anything just let me know!

  13. chris & jack lavigne October 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

    Ginni and family: It was so difficult to hear of the loss of Warren while on vacation- we’re so sorry to hear of his passing…our prayers and thoughts are with you and we send our love to all.

  14. Jerome anderson October 14, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    Ginni: I was saddened to hear about Warren and thought back to all the times he was at our house with Joel and when they played for the Eagles,he had a great sense of humor and was fun to be around,he will be missed by all.

  15. BeverlyRobinson October 14, 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    Dear Ginni and the Karas family,
    I was so shocked and saddened to hear about Warren’s death. May you be comforted by God’s grace during this difficult time.
    Beverly Robinson

  16. Hartley Erickson October 15, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

    Ginni & family: I just got the word today about Warren and wanted to give you & your family my deepest sympathy. I have some good school memories with Warren and everybody else from the class of 69 I just which I could of maid the reunion this year.

  17. Elaine Marttila October 15, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    Ginni and family, So sorry to hear the news. Please let us know if we can do anything for you or your family.
    Gary and Elaine

  18. Jill Hegg October 17, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    Ginni and family, I just heard of Wonnen Honeys(Ginni will understand this) death. My memories of our childhood will keep him close for ever. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jill

  19. Teresa Fehrman Zakrzewski October 17, 2009 at 9:46 am #

    Ginni & family,
    My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep your memories of Warren close to your heart.
    Teresa

  20. Larry Jaffrey October 28, 2009 at 8:24 am #

    Ginni,
    I just received word from my brother about Warren’s passing. I will be praying for you during this difficult time.
    Larry

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