Obit: Karnitz, Kerry L. (1952 - 2012)




Surnames: Karnitz, Dux, Kallio, Hesse, Mueller, Gunderson


----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, WI) 04/08/2012


Karnitz, Kerry L. (26 JAN 1952 - 3 APR 2012)


Kerry L. Karnitz, 60, Wausau, died Tuesday April 3, 2012 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born January 26, 1952, in Neillsville, son of Virginia (Dux) Karnitz, Neillsville and the late Kenneth Karnitz. On May 25, 1974, he married Joy Gunderson in Neillsville. She survives.


Kerry was a CPA and partner in the accounting firm of Krause-Howard & Company SC. He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wausau, having served on the Church Council and other advisory and volunteer committees through the years. Kerry was first and foremost a family man—spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren took priority in his life—in every sense of the word, he was their hero. He enjoyed walking, traveling and reading. His memberships in various organizations included Early Bird Rotary, the Talent Shop Advisory Board and he also served on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Social Services.


Survivors include his wife, Joy Karnitz, Wausau, two daughters, Kristin (Wayne) Kallio, Wausau and their children, Emily, Grace & Andrew; Amy (Calvin) Hesse, Wausau and their children, Zander & Braysen; his mother, Virginia Karnitz, Neillsville; one sister, Lynnette (Mel) Mueller, Neillsville; his mother and father-in-law, Jean & Forrest Gunderson Jr., New Berlin; one brother-in-law, Dan (Astrid) Gunderson, DeLand, Fla.


Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday April 10, 2012 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 630 Adams Street, Wausau. Rev. Sean Motley and Rev. David Larson will officiate. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Friends may call on Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau and again on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.


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