Mary Magdaline Karcz, 97, Passes Away Oct. 6

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Mary Magdaline Karcz went to be with our Lord on October 6, 2013 with family at her side. She was born on July 29, 1916 in Mammoth, PA. She was the daughter of Anna & Andrew Payonk.

Mary Karcz
Mary Karcz

At the age of 16, she left home to work as a maid in New Jersey to help her family back home with expenses. Family was always very important to her.

She met and married her long time partner of 62 years, Stanley Joseph Karcz Sr. They lived most of their years in Elmwood Park, NJ until he passed away in 2004.

She worked only as a line worker in Foreman Mills during their early years of marriage, spending most of her years as a loving and devoted wife and mother, then worked in the cafeteria of Elmwood Park, NJ after the children were grown. Following her husband’s death in 2004, she spent time in Melbourne Beach with her daughter and her husband, moving there permanently in 2007.

She loved Florida, especially the warm weather, palm trees, and living on the canal. She especially loved their pet beagle Marcy, who she called her “most loving and devoted companion” She spent many of the days napping with and spoiling her.

She was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary, Post N05084 veterans of Foreign War in Elmwood Park, NJ. She is survived by her children, son Stanley Karcz Jr. (Barbara) of Kissimmee, FL; daughters Bonita (Bonnie) Payne (Larry) of Melbourne, FL, and Maryann Fern (Russ) of Elmwood Park, NJ.; sister Genevieve Krull; brothers Paul Payonk & Stanley Payonk; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews as well as many wonderful friends and neighbors.

Three sisters and her brother preceded her in death, Helen, Stella, Ann (Honey) and Joseph. Mary enjoyed her family, friends, neighbors and especially bingo and the lottery. Over the years she touched the lives of many people. She was warm and gentle, always loving and never had an unkind word for anyone. She was always giving, hardly anyone was left without something, even if it was as small as some candy. She will be dearly missed by many as all will feel the emptiness of her passing.

She was a very devoted Catholic, never missing mass and in more recent years she always said the rosary and her prayers. She had a lot of faith in the Lord and was especially thankful for the long life & happiness he blessed her with, especially here in Florida.

She especially appreciated & loved all the ministers to the sick at the Immaculate Conception Church who visited her weekly at home to bring her smiles and communion as well as the priests there. Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Thursday, October 10 at Beach Funeral Home, Indian Harbour Beach, from 6-8 pm.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, October 11 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Melbourne Beach at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Immaculate Conception Church in Melbourne Beach, FL. Anyone wishing to share a memory, send the family a message or place a memorial donation is asked to please visit Mary’s memorial page at

Beach Funeral Homes & Cremation Services
1689 S. Patrick Drive
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida 32937
TEL: 321-777-4640