Charles John Gardella, Sr.
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Charles John Gardella, Sr., 81, died Monday, April 8, 2013. A funeral mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2012 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe, MI. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church.
Chuck was born on January 5, 1932 in Detroit, MI; the son of the late George A. Gardella and Rose B. Gardella.
He graduated from the University of Detroit High School where he was captain of the football team. During the summer before college, he met the love of his life, Frances Townsend, whom he soon married. Chuck continued his education at Notre Dame, where he spent his freshman year and was a member of the football team. He graduated from the University of Detroit. A veteran, Chuck served his country as a member of the US Marine Corps Reserve. He moved to Chicago in 1971 with Beatrice Foods where he served as Vice President. After working for Beatrice Foods and Central Telephone, he moved to Boca Raton, FL in 1987. In 1991 Chuck moved to Mississippi with LDDS (later WorldCom) in Government Affairs, where he retired. He loved living in Mississippi.
An avid sailor, Chuck won the 1963 Transatlantic Race as a member of the "Ondine," the Bermuda and Mackinac Race among others. He was an avid sports fan.
Chuck was a communicant of St. Richard Catholic Church. He loved spending time with friends, family and lived life to the fullest.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances Townsend Gardella, son, Frank Townsend Gardella, sisters, Beatrice Shafer (John), Geraldine Lilly (Jack) and Barbara Conway (Dean).
Survivors include son, Charles John Gardella, Jr. and wife Clare of Evanston, IL; daughter, Georganne Rexford and husband John of Dallas, TX; son, Thomas Charles Gardella and wife Amy of Winnetka, IL; grandchildren, Caroline, Margaret, and Charlie Gardella of Evanston, IL; Charlie Rexford of Dallas, TX; James, Charlie and Tommy Gardella of Winnetka, IL; brother, George Gardella and wife Patti of Grosse Pointe, MI and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities 200 N Congress St Ste 100, Jackson, MS 39201.
Published in Clarion Ledger on Apr. 10, 2013