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W. Donald Charles

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On November 15, 2011 @ 4:54 pm In Obituaries | 3 Comments

W. Donald Charles, 81, formerly of East Petersburg, passed away Monday, November 14, 2011 at the Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center. Born in East Petersburg, he was the son of the late J. Wilmer Charles and the late Miriam Hollinger Charles Weaver. He was married to the late Anna Stadel Charles who died in 2000.

Don worked as a painter for several local contractors, and then for Franklin and Marshall College from where he retired in 1991. After retiring, Don and his wife worked with their son at the former Chefscargot Café and Catering.

He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was an avid golfer and had been active in numerous groups in the East Petersburg community. More recently he was active in the Wesley Singers, and the Men’s Chorus at Brethren Village, where he resided. He was a member of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lancaster and was active in the church choir.

Surviving are: a son, Bradley S., husband of Sheila H. Charles of Lancaster; a daughter, Barbara J. wife of Mark S. Jakiel of Lancaster; a grandson Chad E. Reiner; 3 step-grandsons, Matt, Scott, and Sean Jakiel; a sister, Corinne wife of Robert Kline of Mount Joy.

Funeral Services will be held from St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church 700 Pleasure Rd. Lancaster, Pa 17601 on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 2 PM with interment following in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in East Petersburg. Friends may call at the Richard A. Sheetz Funeral Home 2024 Marietta Ave. Lancaster on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 PM and from 1 to 2 PM at the church on Friday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or to the Brethren Village Benevolent Fund P.O. Box 5093 Lancaster, PA 17606.


Condolences for the family of “W. Donald Charles”

Condolence from Drew and Sue Hostetter on November 16th, 2011 11:51 am

Dear Brad, Barb and Families,
We are saddened to learn of the passing of your father. I’m glad we had a chance to meet him in happier times at the cottage in Mt. Gretna. The loss of a parent leaves such a void in our lives. As you navigate through this sad time, please know that we will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Naomi & Barry Bryson on November 17th, 2011 4:38 pm

Dear Brad and family,
Words are never adequate when times of sorrow come but we wanted you to know our prayers are with you. We will never forget the nice time we had with your father at his home in Gretna several years ago.

Barry and Naomi Bryson

Condolence from Jay Bryson on November 23rd, 2011 4:14 pm

Dear Brad and Barb,

I was saddened to hear about the passing of your father. I hadn’t seen him in many years, but remember him fondly from our time together all those years ago. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jay Bryson

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