rosemarie karas
Rosemarie “Marie” Karas of Weirton, WV, a caring and giving mother and Baba passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 28, 2022. She was 91. Rosemarie was born in Midland, PA on November 6, 1930, one of six children born to Adam and Daisy Vujnovich Krivoshia. She graduated from Midland High School in 1948. On May 4, 1952, she married World War II and Korean War Navy Veteran, Nick “Kutz” Karas. In their 65 years of marriage, Marie and Kutz were blessed with five children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Sadly, Kutz passed away on December 10, 2017. Kutz worked at Weirton Steel and Marie took care of their home. Outside the home she enjoyed working at Dairy Queen, Kaufmann’s and later at the Serbian American Cultural Center. Most of all, Marie will be remembered for the love she had for her church and her family. She was a member of the Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, where she sang in the Petar Krstich Choir for 75 years. She was also the President of the K.S.S. Vidovdan and a member of the SNF Lodge 78. She volunteered countless hours to her church. As busy as she was, she always opened her home up to family and friends. She rarely missed her children's or her grandchildren’s events. Locally, she was a fixture in the stands of her children’s Weir games and her grandchildren’s Madonna games. In her free time she loved to read, watch and talk sports (especially the Pirates and the Steelers), talk sports with Michael B and relax on New Smyrna Beach. She also had a taste for style. She will be remembered with love by her sons, Nino Karas (Milena), Michael Karas (Nada), Dan “Dush” Karas (Melissa), Paul Karas (Beth), and Diane Battista (Michael); nine grandchildren, Maria (Patrick), Nicodemus (Nicole), Nina, Michael, Dusan and Neven Karas, Nicklas (Laken) and Michaela Battista, and Emily Beitler (Ian); two great granddaughters, Maya Rose and Sarah Faye Beitler; another great grandchild on the way; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She is also survived by her brother Dan of Texas and was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Helen and her brothers Adam, Rudy, and Mike. Visitation will be at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV on Tuesday, September 6th from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a Pomen service at 7:30 p.m. Additional visitation prior to the funeral will be held on Wednesday, September 7th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m at the Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, 528 North Fourth Street, Steubenville, OH. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Father Rade Merick officiating. The family asks that masks be worn if possible at the viewing and funeral. Marie will be laid to rest at the Serbian Cemetery in Weirton, WV. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the P.K. Choir. The funeral liturgy will be live streamed on the church's facebook page. Share tributes at

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  1. A wonderful lady who I miss talking to and seeing at the ball games. Prayers and sympathies to her family.

  2. My condolences and deepest sympathy to the Karas family. Mrs Karas was such a great lady. May she Rest In Peace.

  3. Nick Battista so sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers

  4. I have such fond memories of Marie who for 75 years was a pillar in the Petar Krstich Serbian Choir. She was such a warm and caring person always with a song in her heart. My deepest condolences to the Karas family. May the Almighty grant solace and consolation to you on your great loss. I know that Marie will be a welcomed addition to the Heavenly Choir. Vjecnaja Pamjat dear Marie.

  5. To the family of +Marie, Please accept our deepest condolences on her passing! She was a devoted Serbian Orthodox Christian. May Her Memory Be Eternal! Dr. Richard & Kathleen Goich Clinton Township, MI

  6. Diane and family: I am so sorry to hear of your mom passing. I feel so blessed that I was part of ‘the gang’ so many years ago and was able to share time, dinners and conversations. WHAT A GREAT LADY!

  7. My sincerest sympathies to the entire Karas family. + Marie was one of the nicest, most cordial woman and laughing with her was always a joy. She will truly be missed by her extended family of singers from all around the country . May Her Memory always be a blessing to those who knew and loved her. Vjecnaja Pamjat!!

  8. So very sorry for your loss. Sending our love and prayers and deepest sympathy. Love, Gary and Vicki Williams

  9. Mrs. Karas was truly a wonderful lady. Fond memories of the times I was blessed by being invited to celebrate her family’s Serbian Christmas. The entire Karas family are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest condolences. God Bless. Deno Biondillo

  10. In memory of Marie Karas. Our thoughts go out to the entire Karas Family while they grieve and remember all the joy shared because of Marie.

  11. Dear Diane and Family,. Deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Mother. I worked with Marie at Kaufmann’s many years ago. She was such a joy to work with. May she rest in peace.

  12. Kuma Marie was our 2nd mom & true friend. She helped make such special memories that will always be with us. Vjecnaja Pamjat

  13. Marie was like a second “Mom” to all of us in the PK Junior Choir back in the 60’s, and made it a point to remind us in her special way how to act and behave when we made trips and sang at concerts away from Steubenville….. Her beautiful voice was one of the earliest memories I have when I started going caroling with our Choir back then…..Vecnaja Pamjat dear +Marie!

  14. Heartfelt condolences to the family. I have wonderful memories of Marie during Serbian choir festivals, choir visits between Steubenville and Toronto and a visit to the family house many years ago. Vjecnaja Pamjat.

  15. Marie Karas was my Kuma! In my youth I was a constant overnight guest. Wonderful memories flood back of playing baseball with my kumiches and listening to my Kuma who made me go to PK junior choir practice. I would awaken at three in the morning to hear my Kuma singing Serbian songs while cleaning her house. She could handle any situation. One of a kind! Vecnaja Pamjat

  16. To my Sister-in-law Marie, Thank you for alway being there for your Sister and me. You will be missed so much/never forgotten. Love Joe and Kids

  17. To the Karas Family–My condolences to the family! May your Mother rest in peace. God Bless all—-Bruce Gallagher

  18. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of Marie’s family and close friends, of which she had many! She was a constant presence in the church and part of our beloved extended family. Vjecnaja Pamjat. The Stanar Family

  19. My deepest sympathies. Bubba was a sweet women and made many great memories. God Bless you all. Scott Tempy Alaina and Peyton Moore 🙏🏽♥️

  20. Nino and family. My mother Rose Volpi and I have many memories living as next door neighbors on Cove Road many years ago. She is a spectacular woman. God bless you all. Janet Volpi

  21. My sincere condolences to Mike, Dush, Nino, Diane and Paul. My fondest childhood memories include many visits to your parent’s home. Regardless of the event (Serbian Christmas, Late nights, sleep overs, etc.) I always felt welcomed. Too many laughs and lessons learned to count. 😊 Rest in Peace Mrs. Karas. I regret not being able to be in person to pay my respects.

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