Memorial for Annalee Gray Karloski ’50
DECATUR – Annalee Karloski passed away peacefully at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL on Monday, Oct 30, 2017, after a short visit with her family. She was 89 years old.
She was a lifelong resident of Decatur born on January 8, 1928 to Edward J. and Mary E. Gray. She is survived by her beloved husband of 69 years, Walter W. Karloski, son Daniel (Susan) Karloski of Pearland, TX, daughters Kathryn (Stephen) Gannaway of Joliet, IL, JoAnn (Thomas) Krueger of Sturgeon Bay, WI, Jennifer (Joe) Herl of Seward, NE, her grandchildren Amy Gannaway(Bruce Broker) of Madison, WI, Zachary (fiancé Roxanne Parker) Gannaway of Chicago, IL, Raymond (Jenny) Krueger of Sturgeon Bay, WI, Hannah (Steven) Andrews of Stewartville, MN, Juliana Karloski and Matthew Karloski of Pearland, TX and Anna and Mary Herl of Seward, NE. Her great-grand children Tori, Tobin, Lydia, Ruth, John, Talia, and Eliana. Her sister Bonnie Griffin (Ray Tebussek, deceased and Al Griffin, deceased) of Cedar Rapids, IA, sisters-in-law Norma Karloski of Decatur, and Ruth Karloski of Carlinville, IL. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her infant grandson Edward Karloski, her parents, her brothers Albert (Doris), Carl, and Earl (Eileen), sisters Dorothy (Victor) Ostrander, May (Robert) Colbeck, Minnie, Esther (William) Mueller, Vivian (Arvis) Gadberry, and Alma (Howard) Miller, her father and mother-in-law, Herman and Mamie Karloski, her brother-in-law Robert Karloski, and sister-in-law Helen(Melvin)Thomas.
Annalee graduated from Decatur High School and attended the University of Illinois before her marriage to Walter in 1948. Later she resumed her education and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Millikin University. She taught in the Decatur Public Schools for 20 years at Excelsior and Baum schools.
She was an active member at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church serving her church as Women’s Bible Class leader, Mt. Calvary Ladies Guild, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, choir member, Sunday School and VBS teacher and in many other ways as God enabled her.
She loved to read, take care of her yard, knit, sew, do woodworking, cook, and keep up with all of her large extended family.
Annalee was a tireless worker for her family and church and will be missed by all, but we have much joy that she is now with our Lord in heaven.
Funeral services will be 12:00 noon Saturday, November 4, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church with visitation 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, November 3 at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur and one hour prior to service time on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, IL. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.brintlingerandearl.com.