Mats A. Carenback, 69, Born in Linköping, Sweden; Beloved husband of Litsa (nee Milionis) Carenback; Cherished father “Pappa” of Stephanie (Daniel) Jacklow and Lena (Adam) Pryde; Son of the late Joseph and Lena (nee Hede) Careback; Adored son-in-law of Barbara Milionis; Best papou ever to Mats, Alexandra and Amelia; Dear brother of Göran Carenback; Dearest brother-in-law to Dennis and Soula Ostler, Adam and Eleni Morris, Laby and Chrisoula Koulourianos; Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Mats immigrated from Sweden when he was just 19 years old to learn how to fly. He became a commercial airline pilot and flew for United Airlines for 40 years. He met the love of his life in Saginaw, Michigan, and they married in 1977. The two were blessed with a rare love that very few people in this lifetime get to experience. Together, they raised 2 beautiful girls, traveled the world together and instilled the strongest family values. He took his two new sons under his wing and was the greatest role model of what an amazing husband and father should be. He cherished every single moment he had with his family. He loved his grandchildren deeply and jumped at every opportunity to play with them. Mats was truly one of a kind. He made an impact on everyone he met with his positive attitude, calming demeanor, bright eyes, welcoming smile and infectious laugh. He had a unique way of making everyone feel important and inspired people to look at the silver lining in every situation.
The family requested to keep the funeral private, and there will be a celebration of life at a later date. The service may be viewed live and will be available to view on St. Nectarios Youtube channel Monday afternoon. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital would be appreciated.
May his memory be eternal.
With deepest Condolence, we offer our prayers and Love to the entire Family👩❤️👨
My broken heart felt feelings for Mats, for Litsa and for all the Carenback family.
Matt & I do not even have the words to describe our deepest sympathy to the entire family, though at this moment with the wholes and hurt in your hearts, I must say that Mats’ love will endure in each and everyone of you. Also think of the many happy times and memories in the future and his spirit may always touch you!
My heart goes out to Litsa, the girls, and your entire family. Mats was a colleague and one of the nicest people I ever knew. A life well lived, but he left is all way too soon. Clear skies and God speed…
Sooo sorry for your loss !Sending lots of Love,hugs and Ptayers to all of you .I pray during this difficult time the Lord will Comfort you Memories stay forever .May His Memory Be Eternal.Love you and thinking of all of you every day!❤️🙏
I just learned of Mats passing from the Retired United Pilots Association News. What a sad start to 2023. I first met Mats in the 1970’s at Rosenbalm Aviation where we were both employed as pilots. Later, I followed his footsteps to United Airlines where I had the pleasure to fly with him again! Is that luck or fate? Not only was Mats a superb pilot but, a great guy to be around. He had a great sense of humor and always a smile on his face.
I know he passed his “Final Checkride” with flying colors.