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Obituary for Carl F. Pirk

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Carl Francis Pirk, who passed away at his home on Feb. 25, 2023, after suffering a heart attack at the age of 78.

Carl was born on Oct. 19, 1944, to Arthur Pirk and Mary (Bollwahn) Pirk in Racine, Wis. He graduated from Horlick High School in Racine in 1963 and went on to work as a tool and die operator at Intermatic Inc. in Spring Grove, Ill. for 42 years.

Carl F. Pirk

Carl was a handyman and took pride in his yard and garden. He loved spending time with his family. Carl had a special relationship with the staff at Simple Restaurant in Lake Geneva, who affectionately referred to him and MaryAnn as their grandparents. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Carl is survived by his loving wife, MaryAnn (Lois) Pirk who he married on Oct. 13, 1973, and with whom he shared nearly 50 years of marriage. He was a proud stepfather to Chris (Larry) Gobel, Craig Steffen and Carrie (Steffen) Colano. He was also a proud grandfather to Peggy Gobel, Brian (Jamie) Gobel, Cassandra (Jared) Owen, Amanda Steffen (fiancée Tommy Ruge), Vito Colano and Vincent Colano. Great-grandchildren Kasey Solofra, Kaylee Ledbetter, Jenna Gobel, Emsley Owen, and Edison Owen. Carl is also survived by siblings James (Theresa) Pirk, JoAnn (Joe) Slechta, and Craig (Dorry Waller) Pirk. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews.


A celebration of Carl’s life will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at Integrity Celebration Center, (2789 Browns Lake Drive, Burlington, WI 53105), with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m., followed by a time of fellowship from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m.

Carl will be laid to rest at a later date next to his father at West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Racine, Wis.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Carl F. Pirk, please visit the Integrity Families floral store.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Integrity Funeral Services.

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