Thomas H. Karnis
Thomas H. Karnis died April 20, 2017 in Round Rock, TX at the age of 78. He was born April 27, 1938 in Nashua, NH to Helmi and Samuel Karnis. He married his high school sweetheart, Susan Kiesling on November 19, 1959. Tom joined the Army in 1961 and he and his new wife were moved to Washington State where he served at Fort Lewis. They both enjoyed their sojourn in a new and beautiful part of the country. After two years his service was over and they moved back to NH. Sue and Tom were married for 39 loving years until her passing in 1999.
“Uncle Tom” was always interested in cars and worked on fixing and restoring them as a teenager. He moved on to become a professional machinist by trade. In his retirement he created custom fittings for the restoration of antiques and crafted beautiful wooden furniture. He loved the outdoors including gardening and fishing and taking hikes in the woods around his home in Greenfield, NH. In his later life, Uncle Tom moved to Round Rock, TX to be closer to his two nieces, Laura and Julia.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Helmi and Samuel and his sister Ruthie LeDouc. He is survived by his sister Laura McGettigin and husband Charles of Wilton NH, his brother Alfred Karnis and wife Carolyn of Milford NH, his sister Virginia Karnis of Wilton, his nieces Laura Dow and Julia Brantley in Texas, Julia’s daughter, his grand-niece Hannah Brantley, as well as many loving friends.
Uncle Tom was a wonderful friend and helper to his neighbors in Greenfield, NH. They in turn came to his aid greatly as his health began to fail. Special thanks go to Carol Citak, Joe Ellis, and Debbie Ellis for their help and devotion to him. Tom made many new friends at his retirement community of 7 years in Texas as well where his reserved nature and easy smile were widely appreciated. To the Ellis kids he was “Grandpa Tom.” To Laura and Julia, he was the “unflappable Unka Tom” or simply “UT.” We all loved him dearly and he will be deeply missed.