Tom Karle

FLORENCE, Wis. – Tom Karle, 73, of Florence, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

Tom was born Jan. 13, 1940, in Iron River to August and Jean Karle. He was a 1957 graduate of Florence High School. Tom married Karen Soppa on June 13, 1995.

Tom was a jack-of-all-trades. He enjoyed fixing any mechanical or electrical problem that his friends from the community would bring him. Tom loved to visit with the people who brought him things to fix and had the unique ability to give everyone a nickname. His own nickname was Tomcat. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Florence.

Tom was also a very avid logger, welder and farmer. His passions included any type of old tool, old radios and collecting antiques.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Karle of Florence; his brother, James (Barbara) Karle of Kingsford; his children, Susan Karle, Robert (Helga) Karle, Michael (Tiffany) Karle, Lisa (Roger) Peene, Christopher (Laura) Karle, Lori (Jesse) Brown, Travis Soppa, Melissa (Shannon) Kampmeier; his grandchildren, John Thomas Karle, Matthew Karle, Joseph Karle, Agustus Karle, Dylan Brown, Samantha Peene, Colby Peene, Alexander Crivitz, Chelsie Soppa, Maggie Soppa and Ella Kampmeier.

Tom was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Karle.

Visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Florence.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 11 a.m. at the church. Rev. Raymond Valerio will officiate.

Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Commonwealth Wis.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Tom, or leave a condolence for his family online at

The family has chosen the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence to honor Tom’s legacy of life.