Herkimer - Theodore A. Karpiak, 78, a long time Herkimer resident, passed away peacefully on Tuesday March 17, 2020 at the Abraham House, Utica, NY.
He was born April 2, 1941 in Little Falls the son of the late Anthony and Mary (Widanka) Karpiak and was a graduate of West Canada Valley Schools, class of 1959.
He was married to Mary Lou Brandow on December 15, 1979 in the Town of Fairfield. The couple shared a blessed union of 24 years until the passing of Mary Lou on December 12, 2003.
For several years Ted along with his wife, Mary Lou, owned and operated the former Wonder Bar in Herkimer.
As patriarch of his family, Ted always put the needs and concerns of his loved ones first. He was a loving and dedicated father, grandfather, brother and friend. In his leisure, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and especially golf with his good friends at Maple Crest Golf Club.
Survivors include three daughters, Deborah Weston of Ilion, Elizabeth Graml of Ilion and Nancy and Kyle McNiel of Sylvan Beach, a son, Richard Roberts and wife Luanne of Little Falls, a brother Gary Karpiak and his wife Robin of Middleville; his grandchildren Shannon and Clancy Connors of Charlottesville, VA; Jacob Weston and companion Kendall Grosse, Travis and Maria McNiel of Utica; Dereck and Kayla McNiel of Whitesboro; Evan and Janelli Roberts of Miami, FL; Haley Roberts of Albuquerque, NM. Crystal and Lakota Benedict of Albany; and Faith, Victoria, and Thomas Graml of Richfield Springs. Ted also had 4 great grandchildren.
The family would like to recognize and thank all his friends especially Frank Dubeck and Bruce Wilbur, but especially his neighbors Mindy and LT Schoonmaker, who were great friends that helped Ted out and watched over him in his later years. Our family is grateful beyond measure for the love and friendship you showed our dad.
He was pre-deceased by a sister, Judith Karpiak, and his beloved Labs Wonder and Sinbad.
Memorial service; Due to the current health issues around the country and the large group limitations from the state, we felt it wise to reschedule the memorial service for a later date. We will announce the services when all these restrictions have subsided.
Arrangements are under the caring guidance of the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, (next to NBT Bank) 527 East Albany St., Herkimer, NY 315-866-1500.
All memorial contributions may be made to the Abraham House, 1203 Kemble St., Utica, NY 13501.
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