Charles Fredrick Blumm

Blumm, Charles Frederick
92, of Tempe's Friendship Village, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2013. Charlie was born on Columbus Day, October 12, 1920, in Chicago. He was educated in Catholic schools in Chicago and at Langhorne Seminary in Pennsylvania, where he studied for the priesthood. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II, retiring as a captain in 1947. In 1945, Charlie married the love of his life, Margaret Evangeline Wilson, in Detroit, Michigan. They were married for over 60 years until Margaret passed away in 2006. No spouse had a more devoted or faithful partner than Margaret, as Charlie confirmed by functioning as her virtual nurse during her physical decline. They now are reunited. Charlie and Margaret raised three sons in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Mich., and in Pittsburgh, Pa. They then spent 16 years in Santa Maria, Cal., before moving to Tempe in 2004. Charlie was a master baker. At various times in his long professional career, he ran both large and small bakeries, one of which he owned. Later, he sold bakery products nationwide. He didn't retire until he was past 80, and then only because Margaret needed him at home. Nobody had a better friend than Charlie Blumm, the best man his sons ever met. He implemented his Catholic faith's teaching of treating everyone equally regardless of race, creed, or color. Charlie was a devoted member of Resurrection Catholic Church in Tempe, the Knights of Columbus, and St. Vincent De Paul, for whom he was a frequent volunteer. His sister, Charlotte Atkins, also a resident of Tempe's Friendship Village, predeceased him. His sons-Robert of Tempe, Patrick of Mesa, and Michael of Portland, Or.-will miss him greatly, as will the entire Friendship Village community. He leaves four grandchildren, whose world would be a much better place if there were more Charlie Blumms inhabiting it. A memorial service will be held at Resurrection Church, 3201 E. Southern Ave, Tempe, at 10:00 am on May 9. A reception will follow at Friendship Village at 11:00 am. Memorial gifts may be made to Watson Flowers in Tempe, 480-967-0161, or to the Marist Brothers, 4200 W. 115th St., Chicago, Ill. 60655, attn. Brother Hugh Turley, 773-881-5343.

Published in The Arizona Republic on May 8, 2013