Obituary: Karl Jonske

By Katherine Anne Robinson

Karl Jonske, a fourth-year in the College, died at 3 a.m. Friday morning in a one-car accident near the intersection of Garfield Boulevard and State Street. Jonske, 22, was driving the car.

A math concentrator with a specialty in economics, Jonske was an active member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

“He’s the only person who was friends with everyone in the College—the ladies at the front desk in Max [Palevsky], the ladies serving food in the dining hall, the guys serving beer at Psi U,” said Brett Rodriguez, a second-year in the College and Jonske’s suitemate for two years. “He was friends with everyone, not only people his own age.”

Jonske lived in Portland, Oregon, where he graduated from Catlin Gabel Upper School and was a National Merit Semifinalist.

According to Gabriel Levin, a fourth-year in the College, Jonske was the type of person who could be gone for an extended period of time, call a friend up on the telephone and have it seem as though only a day had passed.

Jonske will be remembered at the University for the many friendships he made. “He had 25 people who thought he was their best friend,” said Christian Origilo, a fourth-year in the College.

“He was the greatest, most selfless, well-meaning, incredible person I’ve ever met,” added Ryan Elbercht, also a fourth-year in the College.

Jonske is survived by his parents, Fred and Nancy Jonske, and brothers Kurt, who graduated from the College in 2000, and Dirk, a member of the class of 2006.

Visitation will take place today from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Rockefeller Chapel. During this time, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity will have a presentation followed by an opportunity for friends and family to give eulogies. At 4:30 p.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Rockefeller.

Memorials may be made to the Catlin Gabel School, Library Fund for Books, 8825 SW Barnes Road, Portland, Oregon 97225.

—Katherine Anne Robinson