Charles J. Muscanero

CHARLES J. MUSCANERO, 88 Charles J. Muscanero, 88, a long-time resident of Schwenksville, passed away February 20, 2013 at Quakertown Center. Married for over 61 years, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Jane (Atkins) Muscanero, who passed away in 2011. Born April 20, 1924 in Norristown, he was a son of the late Giacomo and Fannie (Diliberto) Muscanero and attended Norristown High School. He was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the D-Day, Utah Beach Invasion, where he was wounded. As a result, he received the Purple Heart, as well as the French Croix Der Guerre, The WWII Victory Medal, and The European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead. After recuperating from his injuries he returned to action in Europe. Mr. Muscanero was a union truck driver for Air Products of Norristown for most of his working career. Following retirement, he enjoyed driving the van for the New Life Youth & Family Services in Harleysville, where he was loved and respected by staff and students, alike. He attended Community Bible Fellowship Church of Red Hill and also served as Chaplain for several years for the Red Hill Chapter of the VFW. During his retirement, he enjoyed performing with Encore Experiences of Harleysville, acting and singing. He especially enjoyed spending time with his wife, friends and family. His favorite hobby was his art environments, one of which was featured on the Don Pollack Show on Channel Six and in The Outsider Magazine, of Chicago. His backyard Submarine, overlooking the Perkiomen Creek-a twenty year project-delighted visitors, young and old, who stopped at his Schwenksville property to take pictures and sit on it. Throughout his life, he also enjoyed gardening and maintaining his yard. Prior to his retirement he was active at the Audubon Rod & Gun Club for many years, where he served as an officer. He shall always be remembered for his generous spirit, his gift of laughter, his steadfast devotion to his beloved wife, Janie, and his love of family and friends. Surviving are twin daughters, Shirley J. Norton of Red Hill and Deborah A. Capece and her husband, Dominic, of Tylersport; daughter, Charlotte L. Rosenau of Citrus Heights, California; two sisters, Rose Rotondo and Lee Fenimore; four grandchildren, Gina Colau and her husband, Robert; Dominic Capece III; Charles Pavloff and his wife, Erika, and Robert Kerr and his wife, Peggy; and four great-grandchildren, Braden, Simon, Ethan and Sebastian. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by five siblings, Charles Sr., Joseph, Fay Marco, Minnie McEvoy and James, and a son-in-law, Herbert C. Norton. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26, at Williams-Bergey-Koffel Funeral Home, Inc., 667 Harleysville Pike, Telford, where friends may call for the Viewing on Monday from 6-8 p.m., and again on Tuesday from 10-10:45 a.m. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Souderton. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Published in The Mercury on Feb. 22, 2013