2017-03-23 / Obituaries

Karl Pitko


Karl Pitko Karl Pitko Karl William Pitko, 85, of Cedarville, owned Caribou Forest Products and built homes and cottages in the DeTour area, and in Cedarville, he built Loons Point Campground and operated Karl’s Cedar Shingles. Mr. Pitko was always working and loved creating things with wood. He died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at his home.

He was born December 28, 1931, in DeTour Township, to John Alfred and Sophia Irene (nee Merva) Pitko. Mr. Pitko grew up on Caribou Lake and attended DeTour Area Schools, earning his diploma from DeTour High School and then attending Lake Superior State University for two years.

He met Jacquilyn Gorman when they stood up in the wedding of their friends, Don and Diane Frankovich. Mr. and Mrs. Pitko were married October 21, 1961, at Immaculate Conception Church in Moran. They enjoyed raising their family and enjoyed life on the water.

Mr. Pitko was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Hessel, and served as a member of parish council, finance committee, and Minister of the Eucharist. He was also a Third Degree Knights of Columbus member of Council 7100 and Fourth Degree in Sault Ste. Marie.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jackie Pitko of Cedarville; two children, Allison Pitko and Karl Pitko Jr., both of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Tyler, Trent, and Taylor Marie Pitko; great-grandchildren, Vanessa, Cooper, and Spencer Pitko; a sister, Irene Alto of Sault Ste. Marie; sisters-in-law and their families, Mary Pitko of Rapid River, Hattie Pitko of Cedarville, Joann and Ronald McMillian of St. Ignace, Sharon and Roger Adams of Omaha, Nebraska, and Beverly Gorman of St. Ignace.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Barbara Pitko and Cecelia Questard; five brothers, Leonard, Edward, Miles, John “Jim,” and Louis.

Visitation was Monday, March 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at R. Galer Funeral Home in Pickford. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, March 21, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Hessel.

Burial will be at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens in Bruce Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004.

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