Certificate of Death for Alice Karpuk
I am writing this post in honor of my Aunt Alice who should be celebrating her 72nd birthday this week. Instead, her life was cut far too short by pneumonia.
My Aunt Pauline Alice Karpuk passed away at just four months of age. She was born November 18, 1939 and died April 5, 1940. Her parents were Andrew Karpuk and Mary Rose (Stroik, Kasper) Karpuk of Saginaw, Michigan. My grandmother had a total of sixteen children. Thirteen survived to adulthood. Two of them, a set of twins between her last two sets of twins, were stillborn prematurely and the family story states they were buried in a shoebox in the back yard. Remarkably, baby Alice Karpuk is the only child of my grandmother’s that was born live and died as an infant.
Obituary for Alice Karpuk
Alice Karpuk, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Karpuk, 520 Gallagher, died Friday night at St. Mary’s hospital after a brief illness. She was born Nov. 18, 1939. She leaves her parents, two sisters and four brothers, Rose Helen, Edward, Donald, Andrew and Albert, all at home, and her grandmother, Mrs. Helen Stroik of Saginaw.
Baby Pauline Alice Karpuk
The funeral will take place at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the home and at 10 a.m. at St. Casimir’s church. Rev. Fr. Frances S. Kozak will officiate and burial will be in Mt. Olivet. She may be seen at the home after 3 p.m. Sunday.
Baby Alice’s obituary was published in The Saginaw News in Saginaw, Michigan on Saturday, April 6, 1940 on page 9.