Jaroslav Karbulka, 63, passed away unexpectedly Sunday September 28, 2008.
Jaroslav was born May 19, 1945 in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia, son of the late Vaclav and Jarmila (nee: Melounova) Karbulka. He came to the United States in 1969 following the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. With the thought of his civil liberties and opportunities being stripped away, Jaroslav escaped to this country with a suitcase and five dollars in search of a new life with endless opportunity and the best place to raise a family.
Soon thereafter he convinced the love of his life, Jaroslava Sebkova to join him and they were united in marriage in Chicago on December 18, 1970. Together with his wife, through many hardships, with the perfect blend of grit, intelligence, ingenuity and determination, Jaroslav captured the American dream. He was employed with General Motors for over twenty five years until his retirement in 1994. He and his wife owned and operated the Racine Antique Mall downtown for the past 15 years. Jaroslav raised a wonderful family that could not treasure him more. He was a successful businessman and he earned the respect of all that knew him. He was an honorable man, never compromising his morals or his integrity in achieving his dreams. Jaroslav will be remembered fondly for his sacrifices, his vision, love and devotion. While Jaroslav will be missed beyond comprehension, his soul and spirit will permeate through his family forever.
Survivors include his loving wife of nearly thirty eight years, Jaroslava; his son and daughter, David (Sarah) Karbulka, Daniela (Scott) Lehmkuhl; grandchildren, Alexander and Andrew Karbulka and Harrison Lehmkuhl, all of Racine; brother Vaclav (Ilona) Karbulka of Pardubice, Czechoslovakia; sister-in-law, Dagmar (Jan) Jirkovska; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.
In keeping with Jaroslav’s wishes, private services will be held.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888