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Ardith Robinson Karasinski

Mrs. Ardith Robinson Karasinski, age 87, a longtime resident of Howard City and Cedar Springs, Michigan passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2011. Born April 12, 1924, she was the only daughter of Vernon and Mary Robinson’s 7 children. Shortly after graduating from Howard City High school, she married Andrew Karasinski of Sand Lake. Ardith .and Andy spent most of their marriage together on a small farm across from Pine Lake with their ten children. As you might imagine, raising such a large family was rewarding, but demanding. Ardith took care of the home and children and Andy worked a number of different jobs in Grand Rapids, as well as being a gentleman farmer to provide everything they needed for their modest life. Ma and Pa, as they were known around the house, were often asked how they managed to raise ten children without losing their minds. Most of the time, they would just smile at each other knowing that together, with the help of their kids, anything was possible. You see, they taught their seven daughters and three sons that the most important things in life are not things at all. If you work hard, do the best you can every single day, love your family, and have some fun along the way, your life would. be a success. That success is evident every day and survived by Ardith’s children, Susan Dunn, Bonnie Karasinski, Barbara Norman, Shirley and Donald Wittingen, Julia Leshinsky, Michael and Janice Karasinski, Brian Trethewey, Patrick and Karen Karasinski, Charles and Diane Karasinski, Mary and Ronald Krick; by her grandchildren, Pamela and Del Thebo, Mark and Rhonda Dunn, Lara and Andrew Kehe, Greg Norman, Paul MacDonald, Lisa and Derek Clark, Heather and Thomas Ison, Amanda Copeland, Michael Karasinski, Jr., Scott and Courtney Karasinski, Krista and Kelly O’Grady, Kimberly and Ezio Fortuna, Melissa and Jeff Zorn, Steven and Jessica Karasinski, Mary Karasinski, Laurie Karasinski, Rose Karasinski, Robert Karasinski, Jennifer and Guy Schnepp, Ronald Jr. and Mehgan Krick, and Andrew Krick, her 38 great grandchildren; and her one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Andrew Karasinski; her daughter Linda Trethewey; her great granddaughters Jennifer Thebe and Katherine Clark; her son-in-law James Dunn; her parents Vernon and Mary Robinson; her brothers Howard, Donald, Richard, Lawrence, Arthur, and Royce Robinson.Funeral Services took place on Monday at 11:00 am at Mary Queen of Apostles in Sand Lake with Father Joe Kenshol as celebrant. Friends visited at the Heckman Funeral home in Howard City on Sunday from 6-8 pm with a rosary at 7 pm and prior to services at the church on Monday. Arrangements by Heckman Funeral home, Howard City

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