In Memory of




Obituary for Joseph John Karczewski

Joseph Karczewski (75) passed away Saturday, August 26 in Delaware Township, NJ, after a courageous battle with complications from an illness. A lifelong NJ resident Joe was raised in Bound Brook and went to St. Peter's High School where he excelled in Football and Basketball before receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Arkansas Tech University, the first in his family to do so. Joe began his 35-year teaching career at St. Peter's, followed by St. Thomas Aquinas, and then a long tenure as an English teacher at West Morris Mendham High School, where he retired and was honored with an Outstanding Teaching Award from Monmouth University. During his career, he was involved in teaching writing, swimming, coaching football and basketball, and drama, a passion of his since his early days after college.

Joe was also a longtime antique dealer and was a regular seller at the Golden Nugget Antique Flea Market and other markets around NJ and PA for 45+ years. With a quick wit, and a dry sense of humor he could become gruff if crossed - he had zero tolerance for bullshit though a heart of gold. He raised his son Jamie as a single father, and the strong bond between them has never wavered. He completed a bucket-list trip to England with his son and visited many sites associated with the works of Shakespeare, a beloved subject he taught for many years. Joe was an avid reader, loved crossword puzzles, and had a passion for photography resulting in several of his black-and-white photos being published.

Most of all, though, he loved working on his farm in Delaware Township. After a hard day, he would often spend time with loved ones, his rescue dogs & cats enjoying a couple of beers and watching the sunset. Joe is survived by his son Jamie, daughter-in-law Liz, beautiful granddaughter Mia, stepdaughter Amie Quigley, and his longtime girlfriend Avery English. He was predeceased by his brother Robert, his mother Olga, and his father Joseph.

A Requiem Mass will be celebrated Friday September 1, 2023 at 10:00 am at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 44 Bridge St. Lambertville, NJ. Calling hours will be Thursday August 31, 2023 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Garefino Funeral Home, 12 N. Franklin St., Lambertville, NJ, and again Friday from 9:00 am until time of departure for the church.