Charles J. Anderson AlbanyCharles J. Chazz-Man Anderson, formerly of Watervliet, died peacefully Friday, November 29, 2013 at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany with his family at his side. Born in Troy on May 31, 1926, he was the son of the late Charles R. and Catherine Loughlin Anderson. Charlie attended Watervliet High School and at the age of 17 in 1943 at the height of World War II, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps. He was trained in Parris Island, SC and was part of the first wave of Marines to invade Okinawa. He was wounded twice in action and was awarded two Purple Hearts. He was proud to be a 100% service connected Disabled American Veteran and was a proud US Marine! He was employed by the Watervliet Arsenal for over 40 years as a quality control inspector before retiring in 1986. He was a very popular and animated baseball umpire in the Albany area for over 40 years. He also was a soccer referee for over 20 years. Charlie was a huge sports fan, showing his allegiance to the NY Yankees, NY Giants and for the Irish of Notre Dame. Charlie was a member of the Watervliet VFW Post #729, former member of the Watervliet Elks and a former communicant of Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Albany. He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth M. Zenzen Anderson who died in 2003, loving father of Charles E. (Karen) Anderson of Albany and Geraldine A. (David) Mitchell of Loudonville, proud grandfather of Patrick Anderson and Emily Mitchell, dear brother of William (Eileen) Anderson of Watervliet, brother-in-law of Frederick J. (Anne) Zenzen of Rensselaer and the late Edward J. (late Dorothy) Zenzen. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be Monday at 8:30 a.m. from the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet and at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of Mater Christi, 40 Hopewell Street, Albany. Interment with military honors will be in Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Stratton VA Medical Center, Attn: Voluntary Services, 113 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208 or to the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204. Condolence book at ParkerBrosMemorial.com. Semper Fi
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Nov. 30, 2013