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July 24, 2010 - 4:49pm

Sigmund "Ziggy" Karas

posted by T.J. Woodward.


  Sigmund “Ziggy” Karas, 87 of Albion formerly of Elba died July 23, 2010 at The Villages of Orleans in Albion, NY. Born December 16, 1922 in Depew, NY son of the late Casmir (Valeria Vicinski) Karas. Mr. Karas was a muck farmer, worked at GTE Sylvania in Batavia and retired from Trojan Industries in Batavia after 23 years. He was a past member of the Batavia Moose Club and St. Padre Pio Parish (Our Lady of Fatima) for many years. Ziggy was a 3rd Degree Knight with the Msgr. Kirby Council of the Knights of Columbus in Batavia and was a member of Holy Family Church in Albion. Preceded in death by his first wife Pearl (Trybek) Karas in 1988; second wife Anna (Gavel) Mickey Karas in 2009; brothers William, Joseph, and Edward Karas and a sister Mary Hamera. Survived by his children Stephen (Deborah) Karas of Albion; Barbara (Bill) Hepola of IL.,  7 step-children Joseph Mickey of Elba; Gary (Tina) Mickey of Brockport; Linda (Robert) Cunningham of Orchard Park; Susan Mickey of Batavia; Carol (A.J.) Gifaldi of Holley; Sharon (Steve) Lauzze of Corfu; Nancy Mickey of Batavia; sisters-in-law Clara Karas of Elba; Josephine Trybek of Mt. Morris; five granddaughters Allison (Andy) Poker of NJ; Carly Hepola of Washington, D.C.; Sarah and Rachel Karas both of Albion; Nicole Mickey of Batavia; great-granddaughter Magdalena Poker of NJ; 8 step-grandchildren and 6 step-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 4 to8 PM on Tuesday July 27th at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc.. A 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Padre Pio Parish (Our Lady of Fatima Church 65 South Main St. Elba, NY 14058) on Wednesday July 28, 2010. Burial will take place at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba, New York. The family suggests memorials may be made to St. Padre Pio Parish 56 Maple Ave, Oakfield, NY 14125 or to Holy Family Church Main St. Albion, NY 14411    For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call (343-8260). Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.

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