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CHARLES "CHUCK" HOLZWARTH 1951 - 2018

CHARLES "CHUCK" HOLZWARTH

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August 04, 2018
April 16, 2018
Still hard to believe Charlie is gone. My greatest memories are of my time in Pittsburgh and my incredibly large family. (I still tell people my folks left me there so often, cause Uncle Chuck and Aunt Judy wouldn't notice one more). I remember the smile, the laugh, the long hair, the motorcycle, the cool boots, and the green chaise in his room at top of the steps. And the girls, his sisters are right, he was protective of those he loved. Gone to soon, til we meet again.
April 16, 2018
Honey I miss you so much and feel your presence everyday. You were my one and only Endless Love.
April 14, 2018
Thinking of you every day :/
April 12, 2018
There aren't any words that I can say that express my feelings about my step father, Chuck. What I can say is that Chuck was a model man, model husband, model father & model grandfather. He treated my mother like gold for over 30 years. He was generous with his time, money and everything he had. Chuck was one of the smartest people I have ever known, he seemed to know a little bit about everything. Years ago Chuck was replacing a clutch in one of his cars and I asked him how he knew how to do it and he said ( and I will never forget this ) " All you have to do is put it together exactly how you took it apart ", this blew my mind!! Something so complex to me he made so simple. When my Mother and Chuck got married I was about 14 y/o, at this time having a computer in your home was a big deal and Chuck had one and as a wide eyed teen, I wanted one! Well for Christmas guess what Chuck got me? Yup, my own computer. How lucky I was to have Chuck as my step father?! I always called Chuck "Inspector Gadget", Chuck always knew about new gadgets on the market but he was smart, very smart. He would always wait until the excitement died out and THEN he bought it, he was frugal, and very mindful when it came to money. Speaking of money, Chuck was ALWAYS generous, how generous you wonder? When I was 21 y/o in 1991 he and my Mother invited me to Hawaii for a 15 day vacation and I was able to bring a friend, WHAT?! Yes, Hawaii! Well the deal was he would buy my airline ticket and let me stay in their 5 star time share resort but I had to bring my own spending money. I had every intention on bringing my own spending money and I worked up until the very day. The man I was working for promised that if I didn't have enough, he would make sure that I did. Long story short, my boss didn't come through with the money and all I had for Hawaii was a measly $60 cash. Needless to say we all went to Hawaii and Chuck completely took care of me. Chuck gave me my first car, as any real father would do. I can name hundreds of other acts of Chuck love and kindliness.

I was very much looking forward to Chuck being a grandfather to my daughter who is now 1 year old. A couple of days before he left my daughter and I were on a video call with him and he just lit up seeing her. We were looking forward to him and my Mother moving to Austin to live near us.

One of the last conversations I had with Chuck we were talking about my new coffee roasting business venture he gave me one of the most generous ideas to both serve humanity and grow my business. He said "whenever you see someone that needs to be cheered up, give them a hot cup of coffee on the house), only a person that has selfless thoughts would say this. Can there be a better mentor than this? We plan to do just that in our business as a way of Chucks light staying alive in this world.

I'm going to close with this. The extent of Chucks love, compassion and generosity did not only apply to the everyone he met but he was lover of animals, so much that he completely stopped eating them and for a man that grew up and spent most of his life as a "meat and potato" kind of eater.. this should speak loudly to all. For years he maintained a vegan lifestyle and because of this, other than his lung problems he became completely healthy.

There really aren't any words that can transmit the love I have for my step father Chuck.. his memories will always be a light in my life and will always be in my heart.

In love,

Rob
April 12, 2018
I light this candle in Loving Memory for Chuck.
So long as we live, they to shall live, For they are now a part of us, As we remember them.
April 12, 2018
Dear Betty
From my heart I am truly sorry for your tragic loss of your dear husband, soul mate and best friend.
Betty and Chuck always full of love and kindness invited my daughter and I to our first visit to the Nuvegan Cafe a fantastic vegan cafe in Washington DC on thanksgiving 4 years ago.
Chuck and Betty always wore their heart on their sleeves and Betty continues to honor her dear husband and their love and dedication living
a cruelty free life and love for all God's creatures as dedicated Vegan and animal activists I feel honored to have known and shared the same empathy. It is with great sadness I am writing this.
My heart is heavy for my Dear friend.
I am always here lean on me.
Love Sheri
April 05, 2018
Chuck & I as kids, very young, taken by our Uncle Al with a polaroid
April 04, 2018
I miss you so much hon, it is unbearable living without you. The pets miss you and no one could ever replace you.
March 03, 2018
Chuck and I did not spend much time together as the 14 year age difference meant we were in different stages of our lives. But I have a lot of memories of Chuck at specific points. My earliest clear memories were of him coming home late, tired after a long days work. Everyone else had already eaten, but he was starving because he had been doing hard manual work. Of course this was a nightly occurence for quite a while. At a certain point, he was riding motorcycles and had long hair with a beard. He would come over with friends (who also had long hair). He always seemed to be working on motorcycles, fixing them, and adjusting things. Then I remember sitting at his graduation ceremony, from Penn State. He had completed his associate degree, with honors. During this period he was also making clocks from tree trunks. Then I remember him explaining the testing he was doing at Bell Labs, writing programs. I can recall that he often had pride in doing things well and completing them, not really accepting to leave things half-finished. When I finished high school, he set up a three way conference call with our other brother, Ed, to convince me to get serious about education and attend college, which I did at Penn State (where he earned his first degree, he would do other degrees later). Because he had lived in Chicago, when I was planning to move there, he warned me about the problems with crime in the city. I went anyway but escaped the worst (I had friends who had problems). I remember going to visit him and Betty at their house a few times. Once on the way to their house, we got caught in a snowstorm and had to stop in a hotel for the night. And of course, I will always remember his laugh. It was not very loud, kind of a chuckle. As I think about him, I can hear his laugh echo in my head.

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