Charles R. Carpenter Sr.


September 6, 1934 - December 23, 2015


 Charles R. Carpenter, Sr., age 81, of Erie, passed peacefully, surrounded by his children at Abington Crest Nursing Home, Wednesday, December 23, 2015.

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 first wife 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. Photos here.


~ Memories ~

Dec. 25, 2015
While the world is celebrating Christmas, I sit here thinking of my own parents in Heaven and know that Chuck is at peace now and probably rushing around looking for his family members there. Please be with Brandy and her family during this holiday season and focus on the good times. Chuck will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Margaret Harrison