Michael Douglas “Special K” Karig, 19, was called home suddenly and unexpectedly Friday, July 13, 2018. Mike was born Aug. 5, 1998, in the Bronx, New York, and moved to Virginia Beach in 2009.
He is survived by his mother, Andrea Karig; father, Stephen Karig, and his partner, Suzanne DeSimone; maternal grandparents, Douglas and Rosemary Palczewski; paternal grandmother, Rita Reichman Karig; brother and best friend, Dylan; girlfriend, Kirsten Turck; and many cousins, family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Herman Karig.
Mike was a proud member of the Virginia Beach wrestling community. He was a member of the Great Neck Wrestling Club and wrestled for Bayside Middle School and Bayside High School. He graduated from the Bayside High School Health Sciences Academy in 2016. While attending Bayside, he was a member of HOSA and participated in the HOSA state and national competitions. He attended St. George’s Medical School in Grenada during the summer of 2015.
Mike was recently employed in the restaurant industry and aspired to open his own restaurant. He enjoyed wrestling, playing basketball and video games with Dylan and friends, volunteering, buying clothes and sneakers, visiting new places and cooking. He was a member of the Church of the Holy Family, where he volunteered in the food pantry and as a Eucharistic minister.
Thank you to the many teachers, coaches, mentors and friends who touched his life. You are truly appreciated. Mike was an organ and tissue donor and will live on in others. Please consider being an organ donor in Mike’s memory.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1801 Baltic Ave., Virginia Beach. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 19, at Church of the Holy Family, 1279 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach. Burial will follow in Rosewood-Kellum Memorial Park, 601 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach.
Thank you for the outpouring of love and support we have received. Cherish every moment with those you love; tomorrow is never promised. “God didn’t put us on this Earth to do something. He put us on this Earth to watch us do something.”
Share online condolences with the family at altmeyerfh.com.