The Rev. Canon

Charles E. Karsten Jr.


READFIELD - The Rev. Canon Charles E. Karsten Jr., 89, Pentridge House, Readfield, died on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at Maine Veterans' Home, Augusta. He was rector emeritus Christ Church, Gardiner, and pastor emeritus of the Gardiner Area Ministers Association.

Canon Karsten was born in New York City of May 30, 1924, the eldest son of the Rev. Charles E. and Elizabeth Scovil Karsten late of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and Kents Hill. He graduated from the Sewanee Military Academy, Sewanee, Tenn.; the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., 1945; Ripon Hall Theological College, Oxford; and Oxford University, Oxford, England, 1947. He also attended General Theological Seminary in New York City; Yale University; and was a visiting scholar at Cambridge University 1972.

He was ordained a deacon at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, and priest at St. Stephen's Church, Wilkes Barre, Pa., where he served as assistant minister 1948-1951. He was assistant minister Trinity Church, New Haven, Conn., 1951-1953. While minister in charge, Olivet Episcopal Church, Franconia, Va., 1953-1957, a church parish house and rectory were constructed and St. Alban's Church, Annandale, Va., founded. While rector of Christ Church, Gardiner, 1957-1987, a parish house was built and a building for church offices acquired. In the diocese of Maine, he presided over a portion of the convention which in 1986 elected the seventh bishop of Maine; served as president of the Standing Committee of the diocese of Maine; Canon of St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland; deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church; and vice-president of the Maine Council of Churches.

He was predeceased by his wife, Daphne, who died Nov. 11, 2013, a son, Christopher; a brother, The Rev. John deLancy Karsten; and another brother, The Rev. Beverley B. Karsten.

Surviving are his daughter, Wendy D. Karsten-Beck, Pentridge House, Readfield; a daughter-in-law, Laila Faavaag, of New York; two grandchildren, Rebecca and Charles Karsten ,of New York; and a sister, Anna K. Iredale, of Philadelphia, Pa.

A funeral service for Canon Karsten will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Christ Church Episcopal, Gardiner, with interment immediately following for Charles and Daphne in Christ Church cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner;

Memorials may be sent to the Christ Episcopal Church Building Fund, 2 Dresden Ave., Gardiner, ME 04345.

Funeral Home

Staples Funeral Service
53 Brunswick Avenue Gardiner, ME 04345
(207) 582-3102

Published in Central Maine on June 19, 2014