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Bay City teacher remembered after sudden death

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(09/14/12) - Students and friends are remembering a teacher who died Thursday.

Fifty-eight-year-old Pete Karoly taught several courses at Bay City High School. American Literature was the most recent.

The school was closed Friday because of Karoly's death, but grief counselors were on hand to help students cope with his loss.

Karoly was also the former soccer coach at the school.

Students and parents set up a memorial in the school's courtyard. They brought soccer balls and put their signatures on them.

Karoly taught both of Joanne Goodman's sons, who went away to college. They asked her to come and sign a soccer ball for them. "Thank you for making my boys succeed in an English class and learn that they actually could do English, because until Mr. Karoly, they did not believe that they could do English."

Students say the world lost a great man and Karoly had a way of making learning fun.

"He wasn't a person who knew everything about anything, but he knew something about everything. Everyday, you would walk into his classroom, he had everybody who was born that day, everybody who died that day and you could pick anybody on that board and ask who they were and even if you've never heard of them, he knew exactly who they were, what they did to make them worth noting," said student Scott Myers.

Karoly's family members say he died suddenly. His cause of death is not yet known.

"I don't know how you're supposed to tell yourself that your dad's gone," his daughter, Katie Karoly, said.

Katie held a picture she made for her father on Father's Day. 

"I just put all our favorite quotes on there," she said. "I would say 'I love you' and then he would say 'I love you more 'and he'd say ' no, I love you more' and he would say 'no, you really don't."

Before Friday night's football game, there will be a moment of silence.

Gephart Funeral Home in Bay City is handling funeral arrangements. If the funeral falls on a weekday, the entire district will be shut down.

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