You often hear people talk about their family members and say “you can’t chose your family.”
That’s not what you’d hear anyone in our family ever say about Michael. Even from a very
young age he was always making friends everywhere he went with people from all walks of life.
He had so many interests and hobbies that even if you were involved in his daily life it was still
hard to keep up with. He loved the outdoors; surfing and snowboarding, hunting and fishing, or
simply biking and hiking. He was an incredibly talented musician who was able to pick up almost
any instrument and effortlessly play songs for which he’d never even seen the notes. He put his
family and friends above all else - often stopping by just say “Hi” and lend a helping hand. We
often said he was aptly named Michael, both Angel and Warrior as he truly had a lust for life and
“seized the day” with infectious passion and a smile that would light up the room.
Michael graduated Suma Cum Laude in Pre-Physical Therapy Exercise Science & Physiology and
was currently pursuing his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) clinical doctorate at Widener
University. During his undergraduate years, he worked as a Physical Therapy Assistant and more
recently as a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinical Advocate and Coordinator in
Occupational Medicine. Michael was a Lifetime Red Cross donor and some of his volunteer roles
included: implementing physical therapy exercises with Inglis House residents; running an after
school childcare center in Chester; and most recently he joined his church worship band.
Michael is survived by devoted parents: Basil “Bill” & Angelika “Kiki”; loving siblings: Nicholas
(Rachel), Andrea (Michael Kiotis) and Elaina; and precious rescue pets: Marco (rescue cat) Polo
(family cat) & Daria (rescue dog); Grandmother Irene Kahrilas; many aunts, uncles, cousins and
extended family; whom will all cherish the blessings he has imprinted in our hearts and minds
forever. Needless to say, in the case of our family, we could never choose a better son or
brother. We give thanks to the Lord for blessing us with Michael during his earthly life and look
forward to the time we are all reunited with our Heavenly Father. Until then, Rest in Peace Our
“Well done, well done
My good and faithful one,
Welcome to the place where you belong.
Well done, well done
My beloved child,
You have run the race and now you're home
Welcome to the place where you belong”
--- Well Done by The Afters
In lieu of flowers, the Karayannis Family asks that donations be directly made to Project Mexico, where
Michael spent a summer building a home while living and working with the boys of St. Innocent
Donations may be made “In Memory of Michael Karayannis” through the following:
Please visit the link below, go to “general donations”,
and check the “I would like to dedicate this donation”
box in the “One-time contribution” section.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Michael J. Karayannis, please visit our floral store.
Go to "general donations" click "I would like to dedicate this donation" in the "one time donation" section.