Michael Karaim passed away on Friday, October 16, 2015 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was 97. Born in Philadelphia, son of the late Roman and Catherine Lesko Karaim, he has been a Croydon resident for the past 68 years. He was a U.S. Marine Veteran, serving in WWII. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in connection with operations against the enemy on Iwo Jima from 19 February to 22 February, 1945 while serving as a Tractor Commander of the Third Amphibious Tractor Battalion, Fifth Marine Division (Reinforced). Mr. Karaim retired after 40 years of service as a press operator at Simonds Abrasive Co. in Philadelphia. He was a longtime communicant at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, where he was also a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society and the Perpetual Adoration at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel. Mr. Karaim was an avid Phillies fan, but most especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Husband of the late Mary (nee Grant) Karaim, he is survived by his children, Michael D. Karaim and wife, Jeanne of Brewster, Mass, Raymond Karaim of Croydon, Pa, Cecelia McMonagle and her husband, Michael of Lansdale, Pa, Eileen McIntire and her husband, Ron of Richboro Pa, and Ann Thome and her husband, Robert of Horsham, Pa. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, Kevin (Julie), Brendan, Christopher, Ron, Maureen, Rachel, Katie, Brigid, Bobby, Sean, and Victoria and his 2 great-grandchildren, Jack and Marty. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Holy Redeemer Hospice for the love and care shown to our father.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Saturday, October 24, 2015, 11:00am at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Croydon, Pa. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call 8:30-10:15am at the Wade Funeral Home, 1002 Radcliffe Street, Bristol Borough.
Contributions, in his memory, can be made to Pro-Life Educational Foundation, 11 McCombs Ave., Glen Mills, Pa 19342.