Charles Herman Milka passed away in his sleep Friday, March 22, 2013, at the age of 92. If ever a man deserved to be called a member of "the greatest generation," it was he. Born in 1920, the eighth child of Ernest Milka, a carpenter, and his wife Anna Falk Milka, Charlie grew up with nine siblings, where he no doubt honed the patience, fortitude and kindness that so endeared him to everyone, from his family to his colleagues, physicians, nurses, neighbors and friends.
Charlie graduated from Macomber High School, served in the Coast Guard during WWII
and returned home with an honorable discharge to continue working as an electrician. He met his wife, Erma Babos Milka, on the job. They shared a great love of animals, rescuing many lucky dogs during their long marriage. Erma and Charlie had one daughter and two granddaughters. To be raised by a man as loving, generous and unflappable as Charlie was a great privilege. In retirement he drove out of his way every day to shepherd his granddaughters home from high school so they wouldn't have to take the bus in the cold. Many safe nights were spent in his snug home, and his granddaughters have the very fondest memories of the special ways he improved it for his family, from the circular eating nook in the kitchen to the screened porch to the yard swing on which countless hours of "conductor" and other games were played. Never has a man taken such great pride in his home, and all that it stood for.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Erma Babos Milka; his siblings, Ervin, Robert, Helen, Alfred, Harold, Florence, Esther, Raymond and Richard. He is survived by his daughter, Marguerite Czarnecki; his granddaughters, Carrie (Mike) Craun and Amy (Dr. Patrick) Gustine; his great-grandchildren, Anna, Jack and his namesake, Andrew Charles.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ansberg West Funeral Home on Sylvania Avenue. In lieu of flowers the family would welcome donations to Planned Pethood or any animal