Charles J. Trachta, 93
Native Staten Islander enjoyed hunting, fishing and art work
Charles J. Trachta, 93, formerly of Staten Island and most recently of Franklin, N.Y., passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at his home in Franklin, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Jan. 27, 1926, in Staten Island, the son of the late Joseph F. and Veronica (Hublie) Trachta. Charles was raised on Staten Island and attended Port Richmond High School until joining the U.S. Navy on Jan. 27, 1944. He was honorably discharged May 10, 1946, after serving in the Pacific Theatre, including Okinawa and occupied Japan. Charles received the Navy Commendation Medal.
He married the former Edythe G. Devlin on Feb. 7, 1948, in Staten Island. He graduated from Curtis Evening School and then Wagner College in 1969, receiving a bachelor's degree in art education.
Charles worked for New York Telephone Company as a traffic superintendent for 37 years, retiring in March of 1985. With his wife he moved to Franklin, N.Y., in September 1985 after building their home.
Charles attended St. Mary's Church in Oneonta, N.Y. He was also a member of the Staten Island Rifle and Pistol Club. He was a skilled gunsmith, making many of his own pistols. In his leisure time Charles enjoyed art work, painting, marble carving, as well as hunting and fishing. Charles and Edythe enjoyed square dancing and belonged to the Covered Bridge Squares in Unadilla. Above all else, Charles enjoyed spending time with his wife Edythe.
He is survived by his loving wife, Edythe Trachta of Franklin; his children, Thomas M. Trachta (Jane) of Nazareth, Pa., James F. Trachta (Gina) of Daytona Beach, Fla., Charles J. Trachta Jr. of Virginia, and Edythe G. Trachta of Texas; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Charles was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Veronica Trachta, and his brothers, Joseph and John Trachta.
Friends are invited to greet the family Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at 10 a.m., in St. Mary's Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, with Rev. David Mickiewicz officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820 or to Helios Care, 297 River St., S Service Rd. Suite #1, Oneonta, N.Y.13820, helioscare.org
Arrangements are by Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta. To offer condolences to the family, please visit grummonsfuneralhome.com
Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home
14 Grand Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
Published by Staten Island Advance on Jan. 14, 2020.