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Col. John Henry Karwoski, Ret.

September 11, 1927 ~ February 25, 2019 (age 91)

A Time to Die


Romans 14:7,8  For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.


2 Corinthians 5:8   To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.


A Fruitful Life


On February 25, 2019, Col. John Henry Karwoski, Ret., a longtime resident of Laurel, passed away at the age of 91. John began his service to our country serving on a Navy ship in the Philippines during WW2, when he was 17. He joined the United States Armed Services to participate in the first male nurse program ever at Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing. During his career he served at Valley Forge Army Hospital, Fort Dix Army Hospital, Tripler Army Medical Center, and Walter Reed Army Hospital.


John married the love of his life, Theresa, on November 22, 1951 and they raised a family of seven. He is preceded in death by two sons Thomas and Robert, one grandson Nick Case, and his wife Theresa. He is survived by two sons John Jr and James, three daughters Carol, Diane and Mary, nine grandsons: Joe, Mike, Stephen, Will, and Nick Kovacs; Chris Jr, Tony, and Josh Case; Jon Karwoski; and three great granddaughters, Emma, Evelyn and Elizabeth Case.


In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Mary of the Mills, 114 St. Mary’s Place, Laurel, MD 20707 in memory of Col. John Karwoski, Ret. for “Ministry for the Sick and Homebound.” You can donate online at and add his name and ministry to the Note field.  Thank you.


A Time to Cherish Fond Memories

Elder Danny R. and Juanita Mott & Family


John and Theresa have been our next door neighbors and close friends and family for 40 years. We cherish our relationship with the Karwoski Family. We watched our families grow up together and become faithful, loving, responsible, successful, and caring adults.  The Mott Family has truly been blessed by knowing a wonderful and godly family that exemplified the love of Jesus Christ.  We took on the theme, “We are Family” where we often had family gatherings, called “parties”, between our home and neighbors. John and Theresa traveled annually to Hawaii and always brought back a gift that included macadamia nuts to the Mott Family.


John was a private, caring, loving, kind, humble and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, who loved his family, church and people. God sent John and Theresa a “guardian angel” in the person of “Marie (Rohini Salpadoru)” their care giver, who sacrificed and devoted her heart and soul to caring for them during their illness.


John Karwoski lived his life helping and serving his nation and people.  John has fought a good fight, kept the faith, and finished his journey on earth. John has moved into his heavenly mansion on Halleluiah Square. God loves you and so do the Mott Family. We will sorely miss you.  Rest in peace.


“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship” - Louisa May Alcott


Colonel John Karwoski, Ret. has earned the right to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with an honor guard.  His funeral service and burial will be on the same day.  Because of Cemetery scheduling, this is expected sometime in the late Spring or early Summer

Donations may be made to:

St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church
114 St. Mary's Place, Laurel MD 20707
Tel: 1-301-725-3080

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