Charles Frederick Wert

CHARLES WERT Charles Frederick Wert, 89, died November 7, 2012 in Skokie, IL, where he had been a resident at the Lieberman Center. Charles was born June 22, 1923, in Bethlehem, PA, son of Raymond and Josephine Wert. He was the second oldest of five siblings, sister Ruth Wilson, his fraternal twin brother James, brother Ralph, and brother Raymond, all deceased. He was a veteran of World War II, where he saw service with the Corps of Engineers in Europe. He was educated at Drexel and Yale Universities, studying electrical engineering. He worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, and then moved into marketing for Union Switch and Signal (US&S) Corporation, a supplier of railway signaling equipment, systems, and services. He worked in their New York City office in the Empire State Building, where he was responsible for sales on the eastern seaboard. In 1964 he moved to the company headquarters and plant in Swissvale, PA. He retired in 1980 as Vice President for International Marketing, a position that made him a frequent world traveler. Charles is survived by his wife, Vivian Hope Overdorff (also a resident at Lieberman Center), to whom he was married in 1947. Vivian was a registered nurse and a homemaker. They had two children, Christine Anne (born 1949) and Gregory Alan (born 1950). The family lived in Philadelphia and Plymouth Meeting, PA; then in Cranford and Morristown, NJ; Allison Park, PA, and Harmony, PA. His daughter Christine is an art historian and is married to William Bell; they reside in Evanston, IL and have four children, Molly Henthorne, Amanda Czerniuk, Duane Bell, and Rosie Bell. Charles has two great-grandchildren, Mason and Hazel, children of Amanda. His son Gregory is recently retired from federal service and now resides in Rehoboth Beach, DE, with his partner Robert Sills, Jr. Charles was the Scoutmaster of Troop 38 in Morristown, NJ for many years, and later founded an Explorer Post in Allison Park, PA. He was also involved in freemasonry in his younger adult years. His wide-ranging hobbies included history (he was a member of Sons of the American Revolution), genealogy and family history, model railroading, fishing, organic gardening, and wine-making. He was an active volunteer at Moraine State Park in Butler County, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be sent to the or to the .

Published in The Reporter on Nov. 10, 2012