Father Andrew Karoblis Obituary...

The Rev. Andrew K. Karoblis, 81, former pastor of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at Arborwood Lodge in Wisconsin Rapids.

The Rev. Andrew K. Karoblis was born March 13, 1928, in Chicago, to Andrew and Irene (Lupenas) Karoblis. He graduated from Presentation Elementary and Quigley High Preparatory Seminary, Chicago, in 1947, and continued his priestly formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Ill., until he transferred to the Diocese of La Crosse in 1951. He completed his theological studies at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and was ordained by Bishop John P. Treacy on May 22, 1954, in Christ the King Chapel in La Crosse.

Father Karoblis’ first appointment was to teach religion at Aquinas High School in La Crosse (1954 to 1959) with residence at Blessed Sacrament Parish (1954 to 1958) and then the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman (1958 to 1959). In 1959, he was appointed principal of Madonna High School in Mauston. On Oct. 28, 1960, he was appointed temporary Parochial Administrator of St. Mary’s Church at Lyndon Station, while still retaining the duties of principal.

In the summer of 1961, he was appointed pastor of St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish near Stanley. He served as pastor of St. John the Baptist, Cooks Valley from 1963 to 1968.

He was appointed associate pastor of Saints Peter & Paul Parish in Wisconsin Rapids on April 2, 1968, and then pastor of the parish on June 24, 1970, where he served for nearly 41 years before being given the status of senior priest Feb. 22, 2009.

During his seminary training and early years in the priesthood, Father attended summer school at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and Rosary College in River Forest, Ill. He received a master’s degree in education, majoring in school administration and guidance. He also went to DePaul University in Chicago, taking courses in business administration and accounting.

Father Karoblis at one time served as chaplain for the Knights of Columbus, Council No. 1558 and for the Wisconsin Rapids Serra Club.

Father Karoblis is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gilberta “Gilli” Ciaglia; and brother-in-law, Michael Ciaglia; and brother, Gilbert “Gil” Karoblis.

Father Karoblis is survived by his sister-in-law, Bernice Karoblis of Schaumberg, Ill.; nephews, Gilbert of Pequenos, Colo., Peter (Wanda) of Wausau, Andrew of Miami Shores, Fla., and Mark of Pequenos, Colo.; and nieces, Gail (Ciaglia) Young of Marathon, Fla., Amy (Floyd) Sokolowski of Elk Grove, Ill., and Lucy Blis of Schaumburg, Ill.; and grandnieces and grandnephews.

A memorial to benefit Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church will be established at a later date.

A special thank you to Lisa and the staff at Arborwood Lodge for the loving care they gave to Father Karoblis. (Daily Tribune)