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Charles A. Sabathne of West Chicago for many years Charles Anthony Sabathne born Nov. 16, 1920, in Altoona, Pa., passed away on a beautiful Easter morning April 8, 2012, at the age of 91 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Chuck, AKA "Bud," married Dorothy Nelson in 1941 but weeks later the bombing of Pearl Harbor forced them to postpone their plans while Chuck served time in the Navy during World War II. This past November, Chuck and Dorothy celebrated their 70-year anniversary with family and friends. Chuck and Dorothy began their marriage in Pennsylvania but soon found their home in Illinois, living for a time in Chicago before settling in West Chicago in 1956. Chuck was an Eagle Scout, a devout Catholic and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. He was a member of the Lion's Club, a Rotarian and for many years a lector at St. Mary's Church in West Chicago as well as St. John's Church in Winfield. In 1991 Chuck retired from General Mills in West Chicago, where he was a maintenance supervisor and he and Dorothy relocated to Hot Springs Village, Ark. These past years they enjoyed extensive travel, gardening, fishing and community service, which included 17 years as hospice volunteers. Chuck and Dorothy were blessed with nine children, Christopher "Chris," William "Bill," Dorothy "Dottie," Charles "Chip," Nancy, Mary, Catherine "Cathy," Barbara and David. There are also 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Chuck's life reflected his love of family, dedication to his faith and a strong work ethic. He was a gifted drafter, carpenter, singer and communicator. His analytical mind and commitment to integrity and common sense was evidenced by his keen interest in politics. He believed in the power of an active informed citizen. He was a generous man to anyone in need. He loved reading and history. He had a joke for every occasion, and the depth of his caring was apparent to everyone who knew him. A Mass to celebrate Chuck's life is scheduled for Thursday, April 12, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the All Saints Catholic Church.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2012
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