Alexander Karpinski, 7; Zoe Karpinski, 7; and Marek Karpinski, 3, passed away Tuesday March 12, 2019, at their home in Sheffield.
Alex was born Oct. 21, 2011, the older of twins (his sister, Zoe, was two minutes younger) in Fairfax County, Virginia. Alex enjoyed constructing detailed and imaginative buildings out of Lincoln Logs and Legos. After completing his creations, he would explain why they were made the way they were. The more he thought about a project. the more intricate it became and, as his Grampie would note, the more animated Alex became. He had grandiose plans for a tree house that he and his dad were going to build. While attending “Grandma School,” he preferred solving addition and subtraction problems in his head rather than writing them out. His favorite subject was Money Math, in which he would use real money to buy snacks. He loved listening to stories, checking Star Wars books out of the library, making puzzles, doing crafts, climbing “Skull Rock” and the trees nearby, tramping through the woods, sliding on snow-crusted hills on his belly, riding like the wind on the mini four-wheeler, and baking. One ambition of his was to be on a kids’ cooking show. A favorite tradition was snuggling up with Grampie around Christmas and watching “The Grinch,” which has always been Grampie’s favorite Christmas cartoon and that quickly became Alex’s, as well.
Zoe was also born Oct. 21, 2011, in Fairfax County, Virginia (the younger twin). Zoe loved unicorns, mermaids, stuffed animals (especially Monkey), glitter, and depending on the day, the colors pink and purple. She had distinctive opinions on what to wear when choosing clothes and accessories for herself and others. Zoe could not resist trying on Grammie’s “fancy” shoes, nearly twisting her ankles trying to walk in heeled boots. While at her grandparents’ in the summer, she would drag a chair under the clothesline to hang or unhang the wash, then would proceed to meticulously fold the clothes and put them away. She, too, liked Money Math, especially when chocolate-covered almonds were able to be purchased. She understood the value of money and was shocked when her younger brother threw a dollar bill away at a tag sale because he thought it was just a piece of paper. Zoe enjoyed sports, riding her bike, taekwondo, dancing, serenading others with the song “Let It Go,” and working in Grandpa’s workshop. She enjoyed listening to stories, and collecting all the dolphin cards while playing Goldfish. Zoe loved drawing and could spend hours covering her grandparents’ driveway with chalk drawings.
Marek was born May 1, 2015, in Newton. Even though Marek was three and a half years younger than his brother and sister, he thought he could do anything that they could and, quite often, he did. His grandpa always said he was practicing to be a stuntman. He had no fear. He was loving and liked to cuddle up and listen to stories. His most recent favorite was “Tale of Two Bad Mice,” and before reading it, he would explain that Tom Thumb wasn’t really bad because he paid for everything he broke. Marek enjoyed hiking in the woods (always making sure he could still see the house); jumping from one rock to another; swinging; picking flowers for his mom; riding the John Deere tractors at both of his grandfathers’; singing Christmas carols at any time of the year; making snakes out of Play-Dough; and creating pictures with stickers on paper and, of course, on himself. Making elaborate indoor forts was a favorite at Grammie and Grampie’s house. He was beautiful, charming and energetic. It was difficult not to laugh at most of his antics.
Alex, Zoe and Marek were the light of many lives; their spirit and many shared memories will live forever.
They are survived by maternal grandmother Terri Wilbur (“Grammie”) and maternal step-grandfather Tony Vallone (“Grampie”); paternal grandparents Sharon and Paul Karpinski (“Gramma and Grampa”); maternal aunt Kristin Wilbur and spouse Lexi Gallagher and son Ben; paternal aunt Melissa and uncle Jason Stockwell and their children Amelia and Mason; paternal uncle Seth Karpinski and aunt Holly Shaw; maternal step-uncle Nick Vallone; maternal great-grandmother Margaret Coles; and many great aunts and uncles, cousins and little friends. They were predeceased by maternal grandfather Steve Wilbur.
Memorial contributions may be made in their names to the Berkshire County Kids’ Place in care of DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.