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CHARLES GENUARDI Obituary
Charles Genuardi, 102, of Lansdale, a long and prominent local businessman and community leader, died on September 16, 2011, at his home in Meadowood in Lansdale. Mr. Genuardi was one of the founders of Genuardi's Supermarkets of Norristown. Born on September 9, 1909, he was the eldest child of the late Gaspare and Josephine (Scalfani) Genuardi. Mr. Genuardi and his siblings worked in the family business, selling produce and later opening a corner grocery store. Mr. Genuardi and four of his brothers founded Genuardi's Supermarkets in 1954. They operated the highly successful supermarket chain until 1990, when they retired and turned over the business to the next generation of Genuardi family members. The business was sold to Safeway, Inc. in 2001. Well known for his caring kindness towards customers, Mr. Genuardi contributed in many ways to community causes. He was a member of the Norristown Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, and L.A.M. Valley Forge Lodge and Serra Club of Norristown. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Norristown for 85 years. In 2001, Mr. Genuardi and his wife Anne (Scirica) Genuardi established the Charles and Anne S. Genuardi Family Foundation, which strongly supports Catholic Education and other humanitarian causes. Mr. Genuardi is survived by his five children: Josephine McCabe (James) of King of Prussia, Antoinette Deever (James) of Lansdale, Rev. Gasper A. Genuardi, Pastor of SS. Cosmas and Damian Church, Conshohocken, Paula Molnar (Thomas) of Cocoa Beach, FL, and Charles A. Genuardi (Patricia) of Berwyn, 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by four brothers Frank, Tom, Jim and Sal, and two sisters Anne Raffeo and Rose Scotti. He is preceded in death by his wife Anne (Scirica), a brother Joe, and a sister Pauline Henion. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 8:00 PM at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 600 Hamilton St., Norristown, celebrated by his son Fr. Gasper A. Genuardi. The Viewing will be from 4:00-7:50 PM at Church. Interment will be Private at St. Patrick Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Charles and Anne S. Genuardi Family Foundation, c/o Bruce Bickel, Managing Director, PNC Private Foundation Management, PTPP-30-2, Two PNC Plaza, 10th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by the Emil J. Ciavarelli Family Funeral Homes, Ambler and Conshohocken, 610-828-1336. Condolences may be made at www.ciavarellifuneralhomes.com.

Published in The Times Herald on Sept. 18, 2011
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