Karl A. Anderson

  • Born: July 24, 1939
  • Died: March 3, 2019
  • Location: North Royalton, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

7501 Ridge Road
Parma, OH 44129

Tel. (440) 842-7800

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather

Karl A. Anderson, age 79 of North Royalton. Peacefully passed away Sunday, March 3, 2019. Beloved husband of 15 years to Barbara Soza-Anderson. Loving father of Brian C. Anderson (Beverly) and devoted grandfather of Kimberly and Tyler Anderson; loving stepfather of Matt Soza (Debbie), Scott Soza (Barbie), Jon Soza (Madeline), and Joel Soza (Migdalia) and devoted step-grandfather of Daniel, Stephanie, Thomas, Corey (Jesse), Kylie (John), Jenna (Paul), Lauren (Justin), Austin, Ethan, Joseph, and Shari; great grandfather of Blake. Preceded in death by his brother Arthur M. Anderson (Carol, deceased). Karl was a vocational ed and industrial arts teacher for Polaris and the Parma City Schools for almost 30 years, also acting as football coach at Pleasant Valley Junior High and a track and basketball official at the high school level. A 1957 graduate of Lincoln High School, Karl lettered in football, baseball, and basketball and sang in the choir. He graduated from Bowling Green State University and was a member of the 1959 National Championship football team as well as the BGSU Football Hall of Fame. Karl was drafted by the Detroit Lions. For 20 years, he served as a Board member for PSE Credit Union. Karl enjoyed ushering at Jacobs Field and participating as a member of the Wahoo Club. He was involved with the Elks Club, Lincoln Ole Sports, and the BG Falcon Club. Memorial contributions may be made to The City Mission, 5310 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44103. Private services will be held. Rest in peace, my gentle giant. 440-842-4800 www.buschcares.com

Condolence & Memory Journal

To the family of Karl Anderson. I do remember sending you encourgement. I hope everyone is doing well.

Posted by Nancy Young - Cleveland Heights, OH   February 27, 2020

My prayers & thoughts to Karl's family. A friend & fellow track official.
Bernie Nirode, Track official , Wellington

Posted by Bernie Nirode - Wellington, OH - Friend   March 25, 2019

Mr. Anderson was my homeroom teacher in the early 70's. I was feeling like a very geeky teen at the time-braces, zits the whole nine yards. One morning he caught me trying to straighten my hair in the shop room mirror before school started. He had a sense to what I was feeling but said to me, "When you get older, you will blossom into a beautiful flower". The gift of his words gave me the confidence I needed to go on. I will always remember him for that. May he rest in peace.

a former student

Posted by A friend   March 08, 2019

"My condolences to the family of Mr Anderson. I played 9th grade football for him at Pleasant Valley Jr High. I remember watching him and Mr. Beyer playing handball in the gym before school. I will not forget when he attended my fathers wake 6 years ago. It was very much appreciated! Great man! May he rest in peace!"

Posted by Joe Vadini - medina, OH - Student   March 07, 2019

"Mr. Anderson" was my neighbor in Strongsville as a little boy and I idolized him growing up. He took me to the Coliseum where he was an usher to see Cavs and Crusaders games. He was a great role model, father to Brian and a wonderful man that I remember fondly to this day at age 60. God bless you and keep you Karl, until we meet again. Love, Rick Oprzadek

Posted by Richard Oprzadek - Chardon, OH   March 06, 2019

Condolences to all the family on the passing of a wonderful man! Carl was a kind and gentle man who was always concerned about others. I had the privilege of knowing and working with Karl, when I was the board secretary and he a member of the board of PSE Credit Union! Prayers to all the family.

Posted by A friend   March 06, 2019

I always enjoyed seeing Karl at Ohio Credit Union League and Cleveland Chapter events. He was always friendly and positive. He was a friend and board member of my late father Dave Straight at PSE Credit Union. My condolences to his family.

Posted by Tamlyn Straight-Schervish - Seven Hills, OH   March 06, 2019

RIP Coach. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to talk when he and Barb visited HCC.

Posted by Paul Oravec - Brunswick, OH   March 06, 2019

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by - OH   March 06, 2019


Sincere condolences on your loss. Karl was my 9th grade homeroom teacher and it was a pleasure when I had the opportunity to work with him at PSE Board functions. He will be greatly missed by many. May God grant you eternal peace and comfort your family.

Posted by Patricia Agardi - Parma Heights, OH   March 06, 2019

My condolences to the family. Karl was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor. He was always friendly. I worked at the credit union when he was on the board and loved the man! Just recently while visiting my parents at the nursing home, I recognized him and had a nice encounter after 26 years. Besides his weight loss, he hadn't changed a bit - still that outgoing friendly Karl I knew. My heart goes out to all who loved and miss him.

Posted by Janice Krusoczky - Medina, OH   March 05, 2019

Barbara, Brian and family,

Our deepest sympathies on the loss of Karl. He will be greatly missed by the many who he interacted with through his work and volunteerism. He will especially be missed by all from Lincoln Ole Sports.
May God grant him the eternal rest he deserves so much.

Posted by Frank & Janice Tkacz - Cleveland, OH   March 05, 2019

One of my favorite teachers at Pleasant Valley Jr High. Mr Anderson was my wood shop teacher and and a great inspiration. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Jim LaPonza - Teacher   March 05, 2019

Dear Barbara, Brian, and Family - Doreen and I are so sorry for your loss. Karl was a great man and I enjoyed our occasional conversations. Karl was an asset to the PSE Board of Directors and a good friend.

Posted by A friend   March 05, 2019

May the God of all comfort sustain you now and in the days ahead. May God also grant you a measure of peace.

Posted by B    March 05, 2019

Mr. Anderson was a great guy , had him as a wood shop teacher at Pleasantvalley Jr. High school . God rest him and bless his family .

Posted by Red Maguire - Cleveland, OH - Student   March 05, 2019

Dear Barb and Family: My sincere condolences on your loss. Karl was a really good and kind person. May God be with you and ease your pain in the next few days. Jack and Deb Roberts

Posted by John Roberts - Lady Lake, FL - Coworker   March 05, 2019

So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Mr. Anderson as a larger-than-life industrial ed teacher and my football coach (Pleasant Valley Jr High school year 78-79).

Posted by Greg Luecht - Brunswick, OH - Student   March 05, 2019

It was a pleasure to work with you on the PSE Board. Our condolences to your family.

Posted by Dale McMahan    March 05, 2019

On behalf of the Polaris Career Center faculty and staff please accept our deepest sympathies on Karl's passing. A kind man who loved helping students learn through doing. We will miss him!

Posted by Bob Timmons- Superintendent    March 05, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the family. My late husband Al and I both knew Karl when we all taught for the Parma Schools. He was a kind and good man a wonderful teacher.

Posted by Lillian Korba Heffke - strongsville, OH   March 04, 2019

Karl was my neighbor for many years as well as
Bubby(dog number one. Then later Buster came along. My husband{deseased} and I had many good
times shared with Karl.
Thank the LORD he is in peace now/

Posted by A friend   March 04, 2019

Dear Brian and family, my deepest sympathies to all of you. Please know that my thoughts and prayers and with you now and always!

Posted by Kate - OH - Friend   March 04, 2019


Deepest sympathy to the family. I new Karl for a short time but he always shook a hand,smile and brighten up your day. I was Blessed to have shared his genuineness. Rest in peace.

Posted by Greg Simon - Parma Heights, OH - Family Friend   March 04, 2019

Dear Barbara and family.Katie and I were so saddened hearing of Karl's passing.For several years Karl was a big part of our breakfast club in Berea.His Big smile and his many stories really endeared him to us all.He was nicknamed by us as Karl with a K.
This world needs more people like Karl.
Please accept our condolanced

Posted by Owen Stiegelmeier - Venice, FL - Friend   March 04, 2019

To the family of Karl A. Anderson. My family sends their deepest sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to you. Psalm 90 verse 10.

Posted by Nancy Young - Cleveland Heights, OH   March 04, 2019


Dear Barbara and Family ! My deepest sympathy.I will truly missed his smile and good morning greetings on the early sunny days. Greenbriar lost one of the kind friendly person.Aggie

Posted by A Matuszak - North Royalton, OH - Neighbor   March 04, 2019

My condolences and love to Karl's family! He was always so nice and friendly when my son and i would see him when visiting my parents, Jim and Angel. He will be greatly missed!!

Posted by Jessie Haws    March 04, 2019

Dearest Barb and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, the family and Karl. He will sorely be missed. May he rest in peace in the arms of God.

Please let us know if and when you need anything.

Love and Prayers,

Posted by Angel & Jim Repasky - North Royalton, OH - Neighbor   March 04, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Posted by Sarah Hinton - Berea, OH   March 04, 2019

We are so sorry to hear about Karl. He was a great friend & neighbor and will be truly missed by all who knew him!

Posted by Dennis & Linda Twarogowski - North Royalton, OH - Neighbor   March 04, 2019

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