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Charles Andrew ("Chuck") Dersch

1931 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Charles Andrew ("Chuck") Dersch Obituary
CHARLES ANDREW DERSCH ("CHUCK") July 11, 1931 - December 29, 2015 Longtime Riverside, CA resident Charles "Chuck" Dersch finally succumbed to one last bout with his body on December 29th, 2015. He was 84. Chuck was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and attended Catholic schools in Wisconsin through college; after falling in love and deciding that the priesthood was not his calling, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, with a BA in English. He served stateside in the Army for 2 years, then came "out West" to Riverside in 1959 to teach English and languages at newly-opened Norte Vista High School. He earned his MS in Administration from California State University, Los Angeles, but soon after, suffered a stroke that left him disabled at the age of 36. He then redesigned his life, obtaining his Special Education Credential from UCR, and taught cognitively and physically disabled adults at Peppermint Ridge, Corona, and at Sunshine and Pachappa schools in RUSD, until his retirement. After his stroke, Chuck became a life-long advocate for the disabled; he and Janet Goeske founded the Riverside Stroke Club in the 1980s, and he received numerous community awards for his work with the Stroke Club and for his work as a volunteer with the Riverside Library's Adult Literacy Program. He was a lifelong artist, taking classes for years at the Goeske Center, and was a longtime member of Saint Andrew's Newman Center. He loved sports (Go Packers!), talking to young people about their futures, attending cultural events, and animals. He could be seen speeding around Riverside on his scooter until the week before his death, and his ready smile, goofy jokes, and curious spirit will be missed by his friends and family. Chuck is survived by his two daughters, his faithful sons-in-law and his two grandchildren, all of Riverside: Kristin, Tom, and Edenrose Podgorski, and Michelle, David, and Ayden Farfan. He is also survived by his sister, Carol Hawley of Onalaska, WI; several nieces and nephews, and his friends, including his daughters' mother, Mary Searle. We also thank all the doctors, nurses, and staff at Kaiser, Riverside, for their faithful service for so many years, and for all the other caregivers and friends that graciously served him as well. A Funeral Mass in Chuck's honor will be held at 10 am, Monday, January 18th, with a reception to immediately follow at: Saint Andrew's Newman Center, 105 West Big Springs Rd., Riverside, 92507. Private Interment at Riverside National Cemetery. Chuck would love that any memorial donations be sent to The Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center: www.petsadoption.com. Arlington Mortuary, Directors (800) 275-4648 www.arlingtonmortuary.com

Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 16, 2016
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