In memory of
Josef "Joe" Karlowitsch
In memory of
Josef "Joe" Karlowitsch
Josef "Joe" Karlowitsch 7/19/34-8/14/20. A beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather (Opa), Joe Karlowitsch peacefully passed away in his home on August 14th, 2020 after a short battle with leukemia. Josef Karlowitsch was born on July 19, 1934 on a farm in Tovarisevo, Yugoslavia to Josef and Magdalene Karlowitsch. After the surviving the hardships of WWII, the family left for the United States in February of 1949. After arriving on Ellis Island, the family made their way to Pasadena, California where they were taken in by family as they were refugees of the war. It was there that Joe experienced the gratitude of freedom from all their hardships. By the summer of 1949, Joe was able to learn English well enough to continue his education all the way through to Pasadena City College (PCC). It was at PCC that he then found his love of soccer. In 1954, Joe married his first wife and starting his family of 2 daughters and 1 son. After various and numerous jobs to support his young family, Joe finally discovered his career with the Los Angeles Times. Initially he started with paper deliveries; he then went on to owning his own LA Times Dealership (#425) and finally earning the position of Circulation District Manager in 1968. On December 1, 1979, Joe married his second wife, Sarah Kaiserman and settled in West LA before retiring from the LA Times on September 1, 1995. After both Joe & Sarah retired, they moved in 1999 into their dream home that they built in Sun City, Palm Desert. Joe loved vintage cars, bowling, billiards, poker and being an active member of the Palm Desert COPS Citizens on Patrol program. But, his first love was always golf. Being an avid golfer, Joe eventually had his best score of 74 which he was very proud of. He also served as a Marshall for several local PGA tournaments in addition to the several golf organizations in Sun City. He continued to play golf until he became ill on July 20, 2020. Preceding Joe in death are his father Josef (1943), his mother Magdalene (1998) and step-son Gregg Kaiserman (1994). Joe is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Sarah Karlowitsch; his daughters, Rose Virani (Bruce Cooksey) and Joyce Yoder (Norm), his son, Joe Karlowitsch (Alana); step-daughter Debra Odening (Campbell) and step-son Scott Kaiserman, 9 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; his older brother John Karlowitsch, his younger sister Clara Kinney and many close friends and golfing companions. Due to COVID-19, a future date will be scheduled for a celebration of life.
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
In memory of
Josef "Joe" Karlowitsch
Josef "Joe" Karlowitsch 7/19/34-8/14/20. A beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather (Opa), Joe Karlowitsch peacefully passed away in his home on August 14th, 2020 after a short battle with leukemia. Josef Karlowitsch was born on July 19, 1934 on a farm in Tovarisevo, Yugoslavia to Josef and Magdalene Karlowitsch. After the surviving the hardships of WWII, the family left for the United States in February of 1949. After arriving on Ellis Island, the family made their way to Pasadena, California where they were taken in by family as they were refugees of the war. It was there that Joe experienced the gratitude of freedom from all their hardships. By the summer of 1949, Joe was able to learn English well enough to continue his education all the way through to Pasadena City College (PCC). It was at PCC that he then found his love of soccer. In 1954, Joe married his first wife and starting his family of 2 daughters and 1 son. After various and numerous jobs to support his young family, Joe finally discovered his career with the Los Angeles Times. Initially he started with paper deliveries; he then went on to owning his own LA Times Dealership (#425) and finally earning the position of Circulation District Manager in 1968. On December 1, 1979, Joe married his second wife, Sarah Kaiserman and settled in West LA before retiring from the LA Times on September 1, 1995. After both Joe & Sarah retired, they moved in 1999 into their dream home that they built in Sun City, Palm Desert. Joe loved vintage cars, bowling, billiards, poker and being an active member of the Palm Desert COPS Citizens on Patrol program. But, his first love was always golf. Being an avid golfer, Joe eventually had his best score of 74 which he was very proud of. He also served as a Marshall for several local PGA tournaments in addition to the several golf organizations in Sun City. He continued to play golf until he became ill on July 20, 2020. Preceding Joe in death are his father Josef (1943), his mother Magdalene (1998) and step-son Gregg Kaiserman (1994). Joe is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Sarah Karlowitsch; his daughters, Rose Virani (Bruce Cooksey) and Joyce Yoder (Norm), his son, Joe Karlowitsch (Alana); step-daughter Debra Odening (Campbell) and step-son Scott Kaiserman, 9 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; his older brother John Karlowitsch, his younger sister Clara Kinney and many close friends and golfing companions. Due to COVID-19, a future date will be scheduled for a celebration of life.
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44-700 San Pablo Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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