Charles R. Carpenter, Sr., age 81, of Erie, passed
peacefully, surrounded by his children at Abington Crest Nursing Home, Wednesday, December 23,
Charles was born in Erie, September 6, 1934. He was a son of the
late Floyd and Louise (DeBello) Carpenter.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
Rosemarie Janicke Carpenter, a sister Rita Schroeder,
two grandchildren Victoria Carpenter and Cera Cecilia
Carpenter and a step-daughter, Cynthia Gehringer.
Charles was a veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry. He was
stationed in Berlin, Germany where he met his first wife
Rosemarie Margot Janicke. He and Rosemarie were married for
20 years and had 5 children, Marylyn Marie Rawlings, husband
Daniel of Shelton Washington, Donald Robert Carpenter,
Barbara BrandyAnn Carpenter, Robert Frank Carpenter, wife
Janice (Fisher) all of Erie, Pennsylvania and David Charles
Carpenter, wife Kathy of Reno, Nevada. He later married and
is survived by his second wife of 39 years Barbara Ann
Finchino) Carpenter. They had one son Charles Robert
Carpenter Jr of Erie, Pennsylvania.
Charles is survived by three sisters, Dorothy Keith,
husband Jesse of Coushatta Louisiana, Donna May Carpenter
and Diane Carpenter of Erie Pennsylvania, and a brother
Richard Carpenter of Las Lamas, New Mexico all his children
as well as a step daughter Christine Danielewicz, husband
Bill of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 10 grandchildren, Wendy,
Rose, Scott, Steve, Amanda, Crystal, Jason. Debra, Ami.
Brooke, 3 step grandchildren, Malachi, Cherith and Lisa, 20
great-grandchildren, Mikaila, Rhilee, Katelyn, Kayla, Oshen,
Quinn, Austin, Alex, Alivia, Kendall, Amber, Emma Jackson.
Juliana, Ace Scarlett. Breanna, Mahlah, William and Matthew,
1 great-great grandchild Eden and many nieces and nephews
all of whom he loved dearly.
Charles was a devoted family man. He worked hard
throughout his life to provide for and encourage his
children to strive for a better life. He worked at
General Electric after his discharge from the Army. Charles
was a welder, final assembler, and a foreman at Erie Strayer
where he worked for many years. He also worked as a foreman
for Zurn Industries for ten years. He was a member of the VFW post #470 and an
avid hunter and fisherman. He taught his children fishing
and hunting as well as safety and animal kindness.
Charles made friends where ever he was, bringing
interesting stories and knowledge of the things he learned.
He made his home on the west side of Erie and knew neighbors
and their families personally teaching his children the
value of friendship. He left this worked a better
place for all of us. he enjoyed life and will be
missed by family and friends.
There were no public calling hours. Services and burial
at Erie County Memorial Gardens was private.
A memorial service was held at San Juan United
Methodist Church, 1430 Buffalo Road Erie, Pa at 1 pm on
Saturday January 2, 2016 with a luncheon afterwards.