Deacon John Francis Karandisevsky, 88, husband of sixty-three years to Irene Karandisevsky, passed away surrounded by family on January 13, 2019.
Born at home in Bridgeport, CT, December 10, 1930, he was the son of the late Frank and Agnes Karandisevsky. John and Irene lived in Trumball, CT moving to Greenville, SC in 1963 living at 12 Wildaire Lane for 53 years. He was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, before moving to Columbia, SC in 2016 and joining Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church.
He graduated from Fairfield Prep in 1948 and attended Villanova College before serving his country in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955. He worked for his father in an aluminum foundry in Norwalk, CT. In 1963, Deacon John and his father moved the business to Greenville, SC. Deacon John continued to own and operate American Aluminum Foundry until his retirement.
John was ordained to the diaconate in 1991 by former Bishop David Thompson at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, SC, and exercised his ministry for many years at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Greenville, SC. Deacon John was a devoted and great man of faith, and served the people of his parish well. He participated in many Catholic Cursillo experiences with Irene. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Pillars of Christ.
Surviving, in addition to his wife Irene, are daughters Karen Gaillard (Gil) of Greenville, SC; Maribeth Corbett (Ken) of Columbia, SC; Suzanne Lampros (Andrew) of Kennesaw, GA; son John of Myrtle Beach, SC; grandchildren, Jason Corbett (Jennifer), Patrick Gaillard (Lauren), Julianne Gaillard, Sarah Corbett, Peter Lampros, Liza Lampros, John Lampros, Taylor Shores (Austin), Chandler Karandisevsky, Kyle Karandisevsky; and great grandchildren, Addyson Gaillard, William Gaillard, Hayden Corbett and Brooklyn Corbett.
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Karandisevsky and his sister Mary Stack.
Recitation of the Rosary will held at 5:30 pm with the Solemn Vigil Service at 6:00 pm at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, Downtown Chapel, 639 N. Main Street, Greenville, SC. The family will receive friends after the Vigil Service until 8:00 pm.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Taylors, SC. The Rite of Committal will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park, 1 Pine Knoll Drive, Greenville.
Donations are requested in lieu of flowers to St. Rafka Maronite Catholic Church, 1215 S. Highway 14, Greer, SC, 29650; The Rock Hill Oratory, 434 Charlotte Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29730; or to Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1209 Brushy Creek Road Taylors SC 29687.