February 21, 2012
Charles Chudoba, 86, of Wilkes-Barre and formerly of Harleysville, died Tuesday, February 21, 2012, in Little Flower Manor. Born January 14, 1926, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Lucas and Clara Regula Chudoba. A Marine Corps veteran of World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater. Charles retired after 37 years with the B.F. Goodrich Company, where he proudly served as representative for the United Rubber Workers Union. He was a member of the Pike Township Sportsmen's Association in Oley. Charles enjoyed fishing, cooking and, of course, eating. He always placed the needs of others ahead of his own, and his passion for life was evident in his smile and the laughter he created. His wife, Mae Berstler Chudoba died in 2008. A grandson, Tyler Charles Chudoba; brother, John Chudoba; and sister, Marian Dermako, also preceded him in death. Charles will be missed by his children, Deborah Yedlock of Wilkes-Barre, Joanne Balconis of Exeter, Teresa DiVergigelis of Barnesville, and Brian Chudoba of Harleysville; grandchildren, Heather Wilson, Anthony J. Balconis, Rainah and Mariel Yedlock, and Kyle Chudoba; great-grandchildren; brothers, Joseph and Michael Chudoba; sister, Helen Lawrence of Wilkes-Barre; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Celebration of Charles' Life will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, with Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Church of Saint Leo the Great in Ashley. A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Saint James Episcopal Church in Collegeville. Interment with military honors will be held in Limerick Garden of Memories. Visitation will be held at McLaughlin's today from 7 to 9 p.m. and at Platts Hall on the campus of Saint James Episcopal Church on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Permanent messages and memories can be shared with Charles' family at www.celebratehislife.com .
Published in Times Leader on Feb. 23, 2012