Charles J. Charles

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September 7, 2012

Charles J. Charles, of Tunkhannock, died Friday, September 7, 2012, in Mercy Center in Dallas.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre on August 22, 1922, a son of the late Simon and Elizabeth Ferris Charles.

Charlie was a 1940 graduate of GAR High School and was a U.S. Marine Veteran, serving with the 4th Division in World War II, having fought in Iwo Jima and other parts of the Pacific. He and his brother, Sam, started the Charles Brothers Supermarket in 1947 in Tunkhannock, which they owned and operated for 50 years. He was the director of the Wyoming Valley Distributors. Charlie was a member of the Church of the Nativity BVM, Tunkhannock, and attended Mass daily at the Mercy Center, Dallas. He was a 4th Degree Knight in the Father Francis Prekosky Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Tunkhannock Kiwanis, joining in 1954, serving two terms as Lieutenant Governor and receiving the Kiwanis International Hixson Award. Charlie was an active member of the Triton Hose Company, a founding member of the Tunkhannock Ambulance Association, and helped to start the Tunkhannock Baseball Association, working on the construction of the Art Keefer Little League Park. He was a former director of St. Michael's School for Boys and a former director of Catholic Social Services for the Diocese of Scranton.

Charlie was preceded in death by his wife, Renee Shibley Charles; brothers Samuel, infant brother Ferris Charles; sisters, Monera Anthony, Angeline John, Catherine Martin.

Surviving are daughters, LaDonne Kelly and husband, Michael, Wyoming; Mary Clare Thomas and husband, Will, Tunkhannock; son Joseph Charles and his wife, Laurie, Tunkhannock; grandchildren, Matthew Kelly, Kathlyn Charles, Melissa Charles, Earl Thomas, Adam Charles, Michael Thomas; step-grandchildren, Karen Kelly Tracy, Michael Kelly Jr., Christopher Kelly, Michele Kelly; sisters, Martha Tudgay, Theresa Shiner, and Pauline Evans, all of Wilkes Barre; and brother John Charles, Connecticut.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Nativity BVM Tunkhannock. Interment will be in Pieta Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 5 until 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen, 74 Warren St., Tunkhannock, or to Interfaith Friends, 57 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657. The family would like to thank Mercy Center for their care and compassionate understanding. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Published in Times Leader on Sept. 8, 2012
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