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Charles P. Sassenrath (Chuck); Passed away on March 12, 2014 at the age of 83, after a long battle with heart problems. Chuck was born on February 7, 1931 in Eldridge (Sonoma), CA. He was the son of Julius Sassenrath and his wife Mabel, both early residents of the Valley of the Moon. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years Carolyn Sassenrath of Santa Rosa; their children Debra Sassenrath of Glen Ellen, Carl Sassenrath (Cindy) of Ukiah, Karen Pas (Michael) of El Dorado Hills, and Greg Sassenrath (Joni) of San Diego; and his brother Marlin Sassenrath (Doris) of Glen Ellen. Chuck and Carolyn were blessed with nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. At the age of seven, after the death of his parents, Chuck went to live with his aunt, Ruth Anker, in Ukiah. He attended Dunbar and Ukiah Elementary schools, Ukiah High School, Santa Rosa Junior College, UC Berkeley and USC from which he graduated with a Master's Degree in chemical engineering. Chuck met Carolyn at UC Berkeley in 1953. They were married in 1954 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Oakland. After graduation, he was drafted into the US Army Chemical Corps and served at Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah. Chuck worked as an engineer in the oil refining, chemical, and pulp and paper industries for 15 years. In 1970 he was appointed Director of the North Coast Air Quality Management District, headquartered in Eureka, a position he held for 20 years. He also served several years as a member of Eureka's Board of Education and was a longtime supporter of Hanna Boys Center, a cause he felt strongly about. After retirement, Chuck and Carolyn returned to the Valley of the Moon. Chuck always enjoyed the outdoors, camping, hiking, and especially abalone "rock picking", traveling, remodeling his home, and most of all, spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Star of the Valley Catholic Church, 545 White Oak Drive (Oakmont), CA. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, CA 95476. Daniels Chapel of the Roses (707) 525-3730
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 15 to Mar. 17, 2014