Anna Karlyk
March 31, 2021
Anna Karlyk Charleston - Anna Horoch Karlyk passed from this life into the arms of our heavenly father on 3/31/2021 at home surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with dementia which she fought with dignity and grace. Born to Paraskewia and Hryhorij Horoch in Hofgeisman, Germany. She immigrated with her family to Indiana, USA, in 1949 after the war. In 1963, she met the love of her life, her husband and best friend of 55 years, John Karlyk. They moved to Charleston, SC, where they raised their three children. Anna graduated from Trident Technical College in June 1983 with an associate degree in chemical engineering technology. She was employed with the Westvaco Forest Research Division for 19.5 years. Having suffered and beaten breast cancer she joined Dragon Boat Charleston where she was an active member. She competed in competitions throughout the United States and Canada. She, along with several other Charleston team members, was invited by a Canadian Dragon Boat team to Venice, Italy, where she paddled in the Vogalonga, a regatta where hundreds of paddle boats travel a Grand Canal course. Anna is survived by her loving husband, John; two daughters, Kathryn Karlyk of Charleston, Theresa Karlyk of Beaufort; son, David Karlyk (India Mathis) of Beaufort; David's two stepsons, Tim Brutcher (Shelly) and their two sons, Tanner and Logan, all from Beaufort and Keith Brutcher of Columbia; and her caregiver and family friend, Annie Ward. Anna was predeceased by her parents, Paraskewia and Hryhorij Horoch; and her sisters, Theresa Black and Maria Offerle. A special thank you to Amedysis Hospice, her support team as well as her friends and neighbors. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home - James Island, 347 Folly Road, James Island, SC from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Anna's Memorial Mass will be held Friday, April 9, 2021, at the Church of the Nativity, 1061 Folly Road, James Island, at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dragon Boat Charleston, 1643 Savannah Highway #261, Charleston, SC 29407 or Visit our guestbook at
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Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Apr. 6 to Apr. 7, 2021.
Funeral service
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
James Island Chapel McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation
347 Folly Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29412
Memorial Mass
11:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.
Church of the Nativity
1061 Folly Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29412
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I remember Anna Karlyk's genuine smile and twinkling eyes. She was always a sweet lady to me. She will be sorely missed.
Mary Frances Duchene Waring
April 12, 2021
John, I am so sorry for your loss. I just learned about it through Nativity Church. I would like to express my deepest condolences to you and your family. Blanca and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. You friends, Luis and Blanca Vazquez
Luis and Blanca Vazquez
April 9, 2021
Please accept our deepest sympathy at your loss. Thinking of Anna brings up floods of fond memories dating back to grade school days at St. Peter's. Always a joy to be with, she leaves us to cherish her memories and celebrate her full and vivacious life. She always seemed as though she was off on an adventure, and indeed, her life did include plenty of those. Not to neglect her travel to the US, her academic, occupational, and other successes, but, for Anna, an adventure could be a solo trek back to Fort Wayne, the search for a "first-edition" novel, a buying spree for "bargain antiques" at Shipshewanna (never mind how to get them back to SC), certainly dragon boat racing, and probably, a trip to the local supermarket. Our opportunities to enjoy Anna's company were often months, even years apart and a lot would happen in between, sometimes good, and sometimes not so much. On one such occasion I commented that her hair seemed different and her reply was "that's the way it grew back after chemo". That was it, enough said, move on to the next subject. Always positive, totally unflappable. She would often affirm that "life is good". Now that she is off on her life's greatest adventure, when we meet the next time I fully expect to hear her say, "life was good, but Heaven is much, so much, better. Rest in peace and God's love.
Carl Ehinger
April 8, 2021
I am so sorry for the loss of dear Anna, and so glad that she was surrounded by family. As a member of Dragon Boat Charleston and a racing teammate one of my favorite memories of Anna was on our trip to Toronto, Canada to race one chilly September weekend in Oh I think 2010! We had a long walk to and from the venue and had great talks. I have missed her for some time. All my best to your family. Alice Bova
Alice Bova
April 7, 2021
Prayers for strength and comfort Kathy.
Brenda Hydrick
April 5, 2021
Kathy, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. I hope you and your family are able to find comfort in the memories created together with your mom and strength in the thoughts and prayers offered from others. With deepest sympathy, Bethany.
Bethany Buitenhuys
April 2, 2021