Vito "Hap" Karis, 87, of Sandusky, went to be with the Lord and his loving wife, Stella, early Sunday morning, Dec. 2, 2007, at his son's home after a lengthy ilness.
He was born Jan. 28, 1920, in Kingston, Pa., and moved to the Sandusky area in 1947. He was a veteran of WW II having served in the 3rd Armor Division of the U.S. Army. He saw action in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge and was a recipient of five Bronze Stars. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing dartball and bingo. He retired in 1981 from New Departure-Hyatt (Division of General Motors) where he worked for 34 years. He was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, American Legion Post 83 and was a life member of VFW Post 2529.
He is survived by his sons, Vito "Guy" (Mary Ann) Karis and Joe (Sue) Karis, both of Sandusky; four grandchildren, Tammy (Tom) Vitaz, Nicole (Eddie) Karis-Reyes, Breann (Ryan) Hohman and Lydia (Mike Drum) Karis; seven great-grandchildren, Tyler, Tanner, Taylor, Tannah, Mazarine, Jonas, and Bella; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Stella (Yagloski) Karis on Nov. 19, 2001; his parents, George and Rose (Noyaollas) Karis; four brothers, George, Pete, Paul and Joseph Karis; and two sisters, Jean Adams and Margaret Polisky.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at David F. Koch Funeral Home, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, where the Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Prayers will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 428 Tiffin Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Christopher Kardzis will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Sandusky.
Contributions may be made to Holy Angels Catholic Church, 428 Tiffin Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.