Karl Frederick Kakretz

Karl Frederick Kakretz, 73, of Simpsonville, husband of Marlene Kakretz, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, December 27, 2021. After celebrating 50 years of marriage on December 4, 2021 and a brief stay in the hospital, the Lord called both of them home within hours of each other.

Born in Elmira, NY, he was a son of the late Otto & Virginia Kakretz.

Mr. Kakretz is survived by his siblings, Frank Robinson of NY, Karen Schoonmaker (Jim) of NH, and Lori Nestor (Pat) of Greenville; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; dear friends, Selena & John Acree of Simpsonville, and Sue & John Oreilly of Charleston; and their beloved pets, Wyatt and Parker.  

Condolences to the family of Karl Frederick Kakretz

  • Susan Menges
    2 years ago

    Karen and Jim….. we are so saddened by the passing of Karl and Marlene. We remember fondly of seeing them at Amanda and Zachary’s wedding. What fun it was for Bill reminiscing with Karl. Much love to you and the family

    • Roxanne Arman
      2 years ago

      Hi. We are long ago friends of Karl and Marlene. Karl was my husband’s groomsman when we were married in 1970 in Elmira, NY. We are very sorry to hear they have passed. Can you tell us what happened?

      • Karen Schoonmaker
        2 years ago

        Hi I just found your message from months ago! I’m Karl’s sister. They got Covid end November last year. Thought it was flu, didn’t get hospital quickly enough. They passed within 3 hours of each other. We are heartbroken. Thank you for your comdolemces

  • this is the saddest thing that could ever happen anto families on christmas so sorry to hear this frank robison is a dear friend and was A DEAR FRIEND OF MY BROTHER FOR OVER 50 YEARS i am so sad for this family, sylvia watkins

  • Sue Larson
    1 year ago

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Karl & Marlene. I have known them since selling them their home in Elmira, NY. I still remember Karl saying he had tried several realtors who never called him back until he met me. I loved working with them. They were such a kind and caring couple and seemed very happy when they moved & lived in TN. They loved their little white dog. I just heard about their passing and wanted to share how to this day I try to get back to my clients based on Karl’s comments. They stuck with me. I loved these two and am so sad to hear of their passing. My deepest condolonces.

  • Don Kakretz
    9 months ago

    I just went to my 55th Annual High School Graduation celebration, and someone mentioned that Karl and his wife passed away. I am Karl’s cousin and have many fond memories of the time we spent at his family cottage at Mountain Lake. You are truly missed.

  • Bob murphy
    7 months ago

    Just learned of Karl’s passing worked with him for 20+ years , a good man and friend . So sorry .

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