Martin Karsko

Martin Karsko

August 3, 1936 November 24, 2020

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Obituary for Martin D. Karsko

Martin D. "Marty" Karsko, 84, of Spring Twp., passed away on November 24, 2020, at Reading Hospital.

He was the loving husband of Elizabeth A. "Liz" Karsko; they were to be married 60 years February 2021.

Born in Avoca, PA, he was a son of the late Charles and Mabel (Holl) Karsko.

He was a graduate of Avoca High School and then enlisted in the US Navy. Later he became a Pennsylvania State Police Officer for three years. After the police force, he attended Kutztown State Teachers College graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. He then went on to receive his Master’s Degree from Millersville University.

Marty taught 4th and 6th grades at Robeson Elementary School (Twin Valley School District) for 30 years, retiring in 1995.

He had many interests and hobbies. He was a passionate gardener, loved to travel and enjoyed bowling. He found great joy volunteering at Reading Hospital and RACC for many years.

A man of great faith, he was a member of St. John Baptist de la Salle Roman Catholic Church, Shillington. Marty was a very kind, caring and compassionate man. He was quiet, humble and a man of great wisdom. He valued time with his family and his many friendships.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three siblings: Mary (William) McCollum; Holly (James) O'Boyle; and Michael (Alice) Karsko; six nieces and nephews: Gretchen, Ryan, Nancy, Alisa, Michael, and Michelle as well as many great nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by four siblings: Jane Mullins, Margaret DeGroot, Charles Karsko, and Mabel Dunston.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, November 30, 2020, at 10 a.m. at St. John's RCC, Shillington, entombment will follow at Gethsemane Chapel. There will be no public visitation. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Parkinson's Foundation or St. John's RCC in Marty's memory. Condolences may be expressed at

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  • Private

    November 30, 2020 | 10:00am
    St. John Baptist de la Salle R.C. Church
    42 Kerrick Road
    Shillington, PA
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    November 30, 2020
    Father Richard Clement
  • Interment

    November 30, 2020 | 11:30am
    Gethsemane Mausoleum
    3139 Kutztown Road
    Laureldale, PA
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    November 30, 2020

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Bill King

Marty Karsko was a very nice gentleman, with a very nice wife Liz. Great team. God Bless, Bill King Orlando, FL.
Comment | Posted at 04:40pm via Condolence

janelle hoffa

Dear Liz, I was sorry to see the passing of your husband, Marty. I didn't know him as well as I knew you, but by what I read he was a wonderful husband and teacher, he inspired so many of his students.I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Janelle (Miller) Hoffa.
Comment | Posted at 05:22pm via Condolence

Harold and Lana

LIZ. May your memory of Marty grow as your long marriage did. May your tree grow as a tribute to his life.
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I remember Mr. Karsko taught all the students how to play chess and got all of us a chess set for Christmas. I still have the thesaurus he gave me. Both he and Mrs. Karsko made learning fun and were such wonderful people. They were teachers that cared for their students and thankfully at that time teachers were allowed to hug their students. He will be missed, but I have fond memories and I pray the family will take comfort he has gone on to a higher calling. He was my teacher in 1976, Thank you Mr. Karsko. Pam Trostle
Comment | Posted at 06:29am via Condolence

Rachael Yoga

Mr. Karsko welcomed my brother and I with open arms to Robenson Elementary. At the time, we were the only African-American family in the school, as well as in the whole Twin Valley school district. Mr. Karsko never made me feel like I was different and always made me laugh on some of my worst days. He is the reason why I went into teaching (Kutztown University). I wanted to be just like him and make a difference in a child’s life. He inspired me to become stronger from my challenges. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Rest In Peace Mr. Karsko.
Love and light,
Rachael Bankins (Grant)
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