- October 18, 1918 - February 25, 2017
- Roseville, Michigan
of Harold's Passing
- Memorial donations are welcomed to:
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105-9959
National Shrine of St. Jude
308 N. Paca Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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“We are so sorry for your dear family's loss. May God comfort you all at this most difficult time. (Hosea 13:14)
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Harold Joseph Karpinski, age 98 of Roseville, died Saturday, February 25, 2017 at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Macomb Center in Warren. He was born October 18, 1918 in Detroit, son of the late Anthony and the late Agnes (nee: Miotke) Karpinski.
If a book were to be written about the life and times of Harold Karpinski, one of the most important mentions or chapters would definitely need to reflect his proclivities with the camera and his eye for photography. Born and ingrained with a unique and special gift for art, Harold's initial dream had more to do with other artistic tools until parental influences led him elsewhere,…hence, the palate of photography. But just like any true artist, the tools they use are merely an expression of the magnificence within, as was the case with Harold and the incredible photos that flowed from his gifted eyes. From the personal enjoyment that photography offered his soul, to the help it provided in the war efforts of WWII, to what ultimately translated to his working career, Harold's gift with the camera lens made a world of difference in so many ways and to so many people who were blessed to enjoy his incredible portfolio.
Since the mention has been made with regards to WWII, it is with thanks and praise that we honor Harold for his service to our country as a soldier in the U.S. Army, just one of the many brave and courageous souls who answered the call with pride and patriotism and did their part to further the cause of freedom for our friends across the globe. Serving from 1942 to 1945, Harold would ultimately attain the rank of Staff Sergeant before receiving his honorable discharge and extreme gratitude for his role as part of America's "Greatest Generation."
As stated previously, Harold's photographic talents were highly regarded by his superiors in the army and were utilized in obtaining sensitive and vital pictures that were an integral part of supplying data to the war strategist's that would help to serve in winning the war. With a great deal of his war time being spent in China, Harold's efforts were not only unique, but essential in aiding the army in their push through Japan and Indonesia. Sometimes one never knows just how extraordinary their simple gift can be, but Harold's certainly made its mark on humanity.
Coming home from the war, Harold's photography went from being treasured by the military to being utilized within the automotive industry. From what was originally a company by the name of Nash-Kelvinator, a merger with the Hudson Motor Car Company would eventually lead to the formulation of the infamous, American Motors Company, the latter of which is from where Harold worked for many years extending the utmost in dedicated service to the car giant as one of their prime photographers. Snapping countless shots that ultimately assisted in the car company's design efforts,…once again, Harold's gifts were integral in pressing forward.
Yet before the war and before American Motors, there was another gift that Harold received,…and it was wrapped by the love of a special lady named Mary, the woman with whom he shared his vows of marriage. The year was 1941, the venue was Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Detroit, and Harold was a young 23 year old man who had just promised himself in marriage to the lady he would spend the next 63 years loving and caring for until her passing in 2004.
When it came to his pastimes and things he enjoyed doing away from work, Harold's younger memories were filled with his love of baseball. He loved both watching and participating in the sport, and was one of the biggest banner carrier's for the Detroit Tigers. His earlier days also included participating in the sport of speed skating, an outlet which helped to feed his "need for speed" and satisfy that competitive spirit that lie within. And like many Michiganders, another of Harold's idea of fun was often spelled "bowling." Nothing says a good time quite like the gathering of Pin Pounder's and the camaraderie that always seems to ensue on the lanes,…and the ever-elusive search for that infamous "300 Game." Yet as the aging process compelled Harold to pursue sporting pleasures that were a little less taxing on the bod, the magic day came when he discovered the joys of golfing. Ah yes,…a swing or two, then a short drive…another swing or two, and another short drive,…and repeat 16 more times. Does life get any better than that? I can hear Harold saying, "No!" And whether it was his baseball playing, his speed skating, the bowling or golf, Harold excelled in them all,…as attributed by the numerous trophies that adorned his walls over the years. He was a true sportsman.
Yet of all the things Harold held most treasured, his faith reigned supreme. Together with Mary, the two were longtime members of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Warren and avid supporters and participants in many of the church's activities. Later, in his golden years, Harold was quite honored to be given the opportunity of serving as a Eucharistic Minister at the American House Senior Living Center where he lived. As an accompaniment to the priest, Harold truly enjoyed his ministry until health challenges began to change things. But still, his faith was strong.
Another aspect of his faith that cannot go unmentioned was his membership with the Knights of Columbus – St. Patrick Council #3129. Not merely a Lifetime Member, Harold was also a Charter Member of the fraternal order's beginnings that date back to April of 1948. With his membership being acknowledged in February of that year, this month celebrates 69 years of continuous brotherhood with the Knights and a distinguished example of how the Knights affect the lives of many through their unselfish and compassionate spirit of giving to the community. And at 98 glorious years of age, Harold was also the last surviving charter member of thecontinued...