Charles Harris Grattafiori
1935 - 2021
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Charles “Chuck” Harris Grattafiori, 86 of Montague, Michigan, passed away peacefully at his home on December 28, 2021. He was born February 8, 1935, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, to Cecil and Josephine (Brunini) Grattafiori. He moved to Detroit in 1953. 

Chuck was a veteran and was honorably discharged from the Army in 1959. He married the love of his life, Assunta “Sue” Chiesa on May 28, 1960. He proudly served as a Dearborn Heights, MI, Firefighter/EMT for 27 years until he retired in 1985. While on the department, he was active in Goodfellows, March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy, and the Burn Center. Later while living in Howell, MI, he served with the Howell Volunteer Fire Department for 3 years. 

He was a Sir Knight, 4th Degree with the Our Lady of White Lake Knights of Columbus.  

Family and his faith in God were the most important things in his life. He cherished his family and loved spending time with them. When surrounded by his family, he would smile and proudly say, “look what we created.”  When not spending time with friends and family, Chuck loved to retreat to his wood shop where he would use his amazing talent and create one-of-a-kind wood pieces. Chuck along with Sue, belonged to the White Lake Whittlers, where they enjoyed wood carving and made life-long friends.

Chuck is survived by: his loving wife of 61 years, Sue Grattafiori; daughter, Catherine (Patrick) Collins; son, Mark (Shelly) Grattafiori; daughter, Lisa (Matt H.) Myers; and daughter-in-law, Jan Grattafiori; six grandchildren, Natalie Underhill, Brian Underhill, Ross Grattafiori, Lance Grattafiori, Charles (Lacey) Grattafiori, and Jacob Myers; 3 great-granddaughters, Olivia Garlic, Josephine Ireman, and Emma Grattafiori; sister, Gloria Misiak; brother, Cecil (Dorothy) Grattafiori; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends. He will be missed by his family and all who knew him, as he was truly a wonderful man.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; and his son, Douglas Grattafiori.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, Friday, January 7, 2022, at St. James Catholic Church, 5149 Dowling Street, Montague MI, 49437.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. A luncheon will be held following the service. Interment will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Montague.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harbor Hospice Foundation,         1050 W. Western Avenue, Suite 400, Muskegon, MI, 49441.

Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, White Lake Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service - White Lake Chapel on Dec. 29, 2021.
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January 19, 2022
Saddened to learn Chuck passed away. A beautiful life served, a wonderful man left us. My hopes are he and Ray pick up where they left off many years ago as young firefighters , full of spunk, sass, and full of mischief. May these brave men Rest In Peace❤
Sending much love and strength to the family.
Kathy Kwiecinski Morley
Kathy Kwiecinski Morley
January 19, 2022
Dear Sue, I just found about Chuck this week. I am very sorry for the loss to you and the family. I attended the EMT class with Chuck before I was hired onto the department. Chuck was instrumental in my hiring, and I will never forget him. I owed him a great deal.
John Klovski
January 18, 2022
Chuck was a great man and friend , I really enjoyed spending time with him and sue when he lived in Howel. His love of God and Family was an inspiration to all that knew him. My Thoughts an Prayers go out to the Family.
Joseph Hurley
January 6, 2022
Sue and Family, We were so sorry to here of Chuck's (AKA Wilson) passing. We are so happy that we got to know him and be your neighbors there in Montague. We will miss him as I am certain everyone will. He was such a great guy! We hope that all the fond memories you have will give you peace in this difficult time. Rest in peace Chuck with our Heavenly Father.
Holly and Dave Forseman
January 4, 2022
Dear Susie and Family,
I'm so very sorry for the loss of Chuck. Ray loved and enjoyed times with Chuck so very much. I remember all the stories Ray would tell of their times in the Fire Department. My deepest condolences to all of you. Sincerely, MaryAnn
MaryAnn Gostomski
January 1, 2022
Sue and the rest of her family. I am so sorry for your loss of Chuck. I was so honored to have known Chuck. He was a very wonderful man.
Marguerite Engfer
December 31, 2021
To Sue and the rest of the Grattafiori Family we are so sorry for Our loss. Pat and Ed Sawchuk
Pat & Ed Sawchuk
December 31, 2021
Sue and Family, Praying for you all at this sad time. May all of your good memories
Get you through this. Every time I look at the hobby horse that Chuck made me, it brings a smile to my heart. May Chuck Rest In Peace with our Lord.
Walt & Sally Wilkinson
December 30, 2021
A friend and brother Firefighter! I send my deepest sympathy to the Family on your loss.
Chuck Nowicki
December 30, 2021
Sue and family,
I was so sorry to hear of Chucks passing. We always enjoyed Chuck’s company and his good nature at our KC meetings. On behalf of the Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of White Lake Council 12985, please accept our condolences.

Gary Greiner
Grand Knight
Council 12985
Gary E Greiner
December 30, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Vickie Hoffman
December 29, 2021
To the Family of Mr. Charles H. Grattafiori,

The membership of American Legion Post #234 in Hart, Michigan, would like to share our deepest sympathy with your family on your loss. Mr. Grattafiori’s service to our country makes him a hero as far as we’re concerned and certainly you’re very proud of him, too. We want you to know that his brothers and sisters in arms now share in your grief.

Warmest Regards and God bless you all.

Mark R. Parrish, Commander
Mark R. Parrish
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