CHARLES "CHUCK" CHERUNDOLO, 96
LAKELAND - Charles "Chuck" Cherundolo passed away peacefully at the age of 96 in Lakeland Florida on December 22, 2012 from heart failure. He was born on August 8, 1916 in Old Forge, Pennsylvania. The son of Pasquale and Maria (Patoli) Cherundolo, and grew up with his parents and siblings John, Vera and Rosella at the family house in Old Forge.
Chuck will best be remembered for his contributions to the sport of Football. After starring at Penn State as a center and middle linebacker, Cherundolo went on to complete an illustrious career in the NFL. As a player, he was a member of the Cleveland Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. After volunteering for a stint in the Navy during WWII
, Cherundolo returned to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring in 1948. Once retired, Chuck continued to contribute to the game he loved by coaching for 22 years. During this time, he coached in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskin and Chicago Bears. He also served as the head coach of the Midland Michigan Tri City Apollos in the Continental Football League. In 1992 he moved to Lakeland, Florida to live with his daughter Pat, where he lived until his death. He was the fourth oldest living NFL Football player when he died.
He met his late wife and love of his life, Margaret Ellen (Whitehead) while they were serving in the Navy during the war. He is survived by two children, Patricia Ann Cherundolo and John (Betsy) Cherundolo, and three grandchildren Allison, Leanne, and James (JC).
Funeral will be Monday in Old Forge, Pa. Call Ferri Funeral Home for details - (570) 457-4321.