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Funeral services for Lydia "Irene" Karwick, 72, of Bellville, were held
Monday, July 18, 2005 at noon from Knesek Brothers Funeral Chapel in
Bellville with the Rev. Wayne Middleton officiating. Interment followed in
Pilgrims Rest Cemetery in Bellville.
Pallbearers were Matthew and Brian Franks, Dennis Brubaker, David Clayton,
Scott Shannon and Paul Dean Koopman.
Lydia "Irene" Karwick was born March 16, 1933 in Chester Ill. Deceased July
14, 2005 at Memorial City Hospital, Houston.
Parents: Raymond Herschbach and Lydia Gerlach.
Irene graduated from Highland High School, Highland, Ill. in 1951.
She married Maynard Clayton on Nov. 17, 1951 in Highland and had eight
children. They lived in Illinois for a short time and relocated to Gary,
Ind. seeking work at the Gary steel mills. They moved to Portage where they
resided for many years with their children.
Irene was involved in many activities throughout her life, keeping very busy
raising seven children, working, and volunteering. She was a substitute
teacher, secretary, Realtor, Tupperware Sales Associate, Boy Scout and Girl
Scout leader and enjoyed furthering her education.
She worked in many fields over the years but was most rewarded from her
positions as secretary to the Chief Ranger and as a Lands Acquisition
Officer for the National Park Service in Chesterton, Ind. for over 25 years.
She was remarried on May 3, 1980 to Donald Karwick in Michigan City, Ind.
where they resided for many years until after they both retired.
They relocated in 1996 to Bellville where they have lived happily, enjoying
the warm weather and retirement.
She loved to Polka and spent many years dancing with her loving husband.
She enjoyed being a member of the Bellville Hospital Auxiliary, the American
Legion, the VFW, AARP, Professional Business Women's Association, and
attended Garden Club meetings as well as many other activities when she was
She was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Lydia Herschbach, her
brother David Herschbach and a daughter Kathleen Clayton.
She is survived by her husband Donald Karwick; 3 sons Gary Clayton of
Silverlakes, Ind.,  Randy Clayton of Salyersville, Kent., David Clayton of
Chesterton, Ind., and 4 daughters Laurie Lanko of Las Vegas, Nev., Patricia
Montgomery of Salyersville, Kent., Angela Franks of Bellville and Marjorie
Brubaker of Portage, Ind.; 10 siblings, Dorothy Koopman, Delores Janey,
Frances Wegner, Raymond Herschbach, Thelma Szymcek, Marjorie Becker, Albert
Herschbach, James Herschbach, Donna Grim and Richard Herschbach, all of
Illinois; 17 grandchildren, Cathleen Clayton, Vanessa Clayton, Michael
Clayton, Christopher Clayton, Danny Clayton, Victoria Lanko, Tashia
Campbell, Renee Edwards, Brandy Montgomery, Matthew Franks, Brian Franks,
Tonya Brubaker, Dennis Brubaker, Michael Clayton, David Clayton, Charlotte
Patterson, Ashley Karwick and 11 great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Bellville Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 977,
Bellville, Texas 77418 or American Cancer Society, Austin County Unit, Verna
Lois Deer memorial Chairman, P.O. Box 501, Bellville, Texas 77418.
Posted by Joy Neely


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