Charles G. "Kaz" Umlah

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Feb. 3, 2013

Charles G. "Kaz" Umlah, 82, of Wilkes-Barre Township, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Conn., surrounded by many members of his caring family.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre Township on Feb. 18, 1930, a son of the late George F. and Josephine Smigelski Umlah. Charles was a graduate of Wilkes-Barre Township High School, class of 1949, where he excelled in football, baseball and basketball. His love of sports stayed with him for all of his life. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants.

Proudly serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. He was employed at Bell Telephone, which later became Verizon in Wilkes-Barre, retiring in 1998. He was a member of St. Andrew's Parish in Wilkes-Barre and a member of Wilkes-Barre Township American Legion Post #815 and a former member of the Catholic War Veterans Post #274, Ashley.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elizabeth Meehan Umlah, and by brothers Joseph F. and Bernard J. Umlah.

Surviving are his loving sister, Ruth Marie Umlah Polinski and caring "brother" in-law, Walt Polinski, East Hartford, Conn., with whom he resided for the past two months; sister-in-law, Mary Jo Meehan Buta and husband, Ed, North Arlington, N.J.; nephews, Dan Polinski and wife, Wanda, and their children, Adam, Emma, and Hannah, Coventry, Conn., George Polinski and friend, Shirley Babiec, East Hartford, Conn.; Jerry Umlah and wife, Andrea, and their children, Emily and Natalie, Hanover Township, Joe Umlah and wife, LuAnn, Virginia Beach, Va., and their children, Brian Umlah and wife, Laura, Iowa City, Iowa, Stacey Emanuele and husband, Michael, and their sons, Joshua and Christopher, Virgina Beach, Va.; nieces, Linda Dulude and husband, Patrick, and their son, Nicholas, Tolland, Conn.; Mary Ann Umlah Sawicki and husband, Len, and their daughters, Danielle, Courtney and Ashleigh, Wilkes-Barre; along with many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and great-great-nephews in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Michigan.

Charlie was a very caring family man, uncle, great-uncle and godfather to many. He was loved by his entire extended family.

Charles, Charlie, Kaz will be greatly missed by all, especially by his friends at McDonald's in Wilkes-Barre Township, where he faithfully went every day for the last 6 years for his early morning breakfast and conversation. He will be missed by the members of the American Legion Post 815 in Wilkes-Barre Township, where he enjoyed the "food and friends."

Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the Nat and Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 a.m. in St. Andrew's Parish, 316 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the , 71 N. Franklin St., Suite 207, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Online condolences may be sent by visiting Charles' obituary at


Published in Times Leader on Feb. 6, 2013
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