Photography 01

Joseph John Karpiel, Jr.

December 27, 1943 ~ September 9, 2021 (age 77)


Joseph John Karpiel, 77, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021 at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo. Joe was born December 27, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Joseph and Helen Karpiel. He is survived by his sisters, Louise (George) Spangler, Marie (John) Stimac and Jean (Barukh) Joshua, along with cousins, nephews, and nieces. In addition to his parents, Joe is preceded in death by his sister, Helene Karpiel and his brother, John Karpiel.

Joe graduated from Paw Paw Public Schools in 1962. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Earth Science and later received a master’s degree in Biology. While in college, he worked as a lab technician at Brown Paper Company. He taught Biology and Earth Sciences at Galesburg-Augusta Middle School for 36 years. He also taught Drivers Education at Mattawan Consolidated Schools for eight years.

Joe was a Van Buren County Folk Dancer. He enjoyed playing guitar, photography, fly fishing, and portrait drawing.

Cremation has taken place. Interment will be held at Wildey Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Joe will be missed by all who knew him.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joseph John Karpiel, Jr., please visit our floral store.


You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of Joseph John Karpiel, Jr.
© 2021 Adams Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy