Karl “Michael” Kern
Karl “Michael” Kern, a professional musician who was familiar to local audiences in and around Sag Harbor in the early 1990s, died in Branson, Mo., on February 6, 2009 at the age of 59. He was born in Augusta, Ga., on September 9, 1949, the son of the late Lt. Col. Karl H. and Mrs. Dorothy Kern. He is survived by his sister Mrs. Karen Kern Drewry, his brother-in-law Dr. Robert H. Drewry, his niece Allison Louise Drewry of Dallas, Texas, many aunts, uncles and cousins, including Pam Kern of Sag Harbor.
Mr. Kern graduated from Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1967. He attended Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana and graduated from the Institute of Audio Research in New York City as a sound engineer for both live concerts and studio research.
For decades Mr. Kern worked in the music industry as a musician, engineer, festival organizer and teacher, working in such far flung places as New York City; Tucson, Ariz.; Perth, Australia and Branson, Missouri. He was an active member in the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association and was a founder of Folk Fest Tucson.
He lived and played in many areas in the United States, mostly those with active folk music scenes, including Austin, Texas, where he had moved after a stint playing on a ship one summer season out of Montauk.
In Sag Harbor, where he lived from 1992 to 1993, he regularly played at J.W. Ryerson’s Restaurant on Main Street.
He regularly made a pilgrimage to the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas, where he backed up performers such as Nashville songwriter Steve Gillette, John Ims, Joanne Shenandoah and Sid Hausman. Along the way he shared the bill in shows around the country with performers like Hot Tuna, Papa John Creach and Odetta.
In 1995 he arrived in Lawton, Oklahoma where he opened his recording studio, Busker’s Den, and then finally moved to Branson, Missouri, where he produced his final two CDs.
Stefania Jaroszewicz of Sagaponack, formerly of Sag Harbor, died at home on Monday, April 27. She was 98 years old.
Born oin Minsk, Russia, on April 23, 1911, she was the daughter of Wincenty and Stefania (Gorecka) Lazarewicz.
Mrs. Jaroszewicz was employed at the Bulova Watchcase Factory until her retirement.
She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Jaroszewicz, in 1982. She is survived by children Jean King of Sagaponack, Stan Jaroszewicz of Holly Hill, Fla., and Francesca Laracuente of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three nieces and nephews.
A wake was held on Wednesday, April 29, at Yardley and Pno Funeral Home in Sag Harbor. Mass will be said today, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew R.C. Church in Sag Harbor. Interment will follow at St. Andrew Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to St. Andrew RC Church or East End Hospice.