Brownstein, Karl Joseph - March 06, 2016


With profound sadness, the family of Karl Brownstein of Kensington announces his passing on March 6, 2016 after a brief illness. Born in New Britain, son of the late Anthony and the late Anella Brownstein, he graduated from New Britain High School, enlisted in the US Navy, and graduated from the Diving and Salvage School in Bayonne, New Jersey. His training was depicted in the movie ďMen of HonorĒ, and Karl, always a man of few words, only comment after watching it was ďthe ship wasnít that big.Ē Upon his discharge, he apprenticed as a tool and die maker. He married the love of his life, Joyce Johnson, on September 3, 1955, and in 1962 they moved to Kensington where they raised three children, instilling in them the values of hard work, honesty, and decency, and where he was a communicant of St. Paulís Church for over fifty years. He worked as a tool and die maker at General Electric for almost thirty years, retiring shortly after his wifeís death. Karl had the uncanny ability to fix or improve on anything mechanical, and would always come to the aid of his family and friends. Attending countless dance performances, swim meets, and ball games, he enjoyed playing cards and dominoes with his family, and was an avid Patriots and UCONN basketball fan. Karl leaves his children and their spouses: Linda and Dean Martin of Kensington, Bill Brownstein and Debbie Lotstein of East Hartland, and Debra and Paul Karambay of Berlin; his grandsons, Bryce Martin, Darrin Misteri, and William Brownstein Jr.; his step-grandchildren: Jamie Karambay, and Katie Goff and her family; his sister-in-law, Constance Brownstein; his life-long friends: Chickie and Donald Saraceno, and Bobby and Flora Bell; and several nieces and a nephew. In addition to his parents and his beloved wife, he was predeceased by his brothers, Ray, A.J., and Anthony. His family wishes to express their gratitude to Bristol Hospitalís staff on F South for their care and compassion during Dadís final days. Funeral services will be held Friday (March 11, 2016) at 9am from Porterís Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway in Berlin, with a funeral liturgy at 10am at St. Paulís Church. He will be laid to rest with full military honors beside his wife in Maple Cemetery in Berlin. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday (March 10, 2016) from 5-8pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, New England Division, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

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