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Thomas Joseph Karpus

August 23, 1957 — November 14, 2021

Thomas Joseph Karpus, 64, of Plano, IL passed away on November 14, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Tom was born on August 23, 1957 in San Diego, California to Thomas and Miriam (Ulrich) Karpus. Tom married his love, Diane (Sherman) Karpus on November 3, 1984. The two were happily married for 37 years. They lived a wonderful life together and were blessed with three beautiful daughters.

Tom’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his wife, daughters, son-in-laws and grandchildren. He was a die-hard White Sox fan and loved going to Comiskey. His passions included fishing in Canada with his uncle and cousins, collecting guns, and playing catch with his loyal dog, Mack. Tom took great pride in his work as an architect and worked for the City of Plano as the Director of Building, Planning and Zoning for 19 years.  He enjoyed contributing to his community serving on the Plano Library Board, helping young men on their Eagle Scout projects and coaching his daughters and their friends in softball throughout their childhood.  His greatest disappointment was that all three of his daughters married Cubs fans, and he made it his personal mission to bash the Cubs at any opportunity. Tom will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; three daughters, Katy (Dan) Childress, Kristen (Gerrel) Smith, and Kim (Jim) Kathe; two grandchildren, Logan Smith and Harper Kathe; sister, Judy (John) Hall; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and their families.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother; grandparents; father-in-law; and best friends.

Visitation will be held on November 19, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Beverage Family Funeral Home, 104 Terry Street Sandwich, IL 60548. Funeral service will be held on November 20, 2021 at 10:30 am at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 340 W Arnold St, Sandwich, IL 60548 with a graveside service to follow at St. John’s the Baptist in Somonauk, IL. A celebration of life to follow, White Sox attire is in encouraged. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Beverage Family Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, November 19, 2021

3:00 - 8:00pm (Central time)

Beverage Family Funeral Home

104 Terry St, Sandwich, IL 60548

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Funeral Mass

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Starts at 10:30am (Central time)

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church

340 W Arnold St, Sandwich, IL 60548

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