Charles R. Kerecz, 89, of Lorain, died Saturday, January 18, 2014 at New Life Hospice Residential Center in Lorain. Chuck was born July 12, 1924 in Lorain to Frank and Mary Kerecz (nee Kurtz) and had been a lifelong Lorain resident.
Chuck served with the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Nehenta Bay aircraft carrier in the Pacific Theater as a plane mechanic and aerial gunner.
He worked at National Tube and U.S. Steel as a roll turner and machinist, retiring in 1986, after 44 years.
Chuck was an active member of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) and a life member of VFW Post #451 of Lorain. He enjoyed family, gardening, bowling and telling jokes.
He is survived by his daughter, Pam (Dennis) Waite of Lorain; adopted son, Denny Moskal of Amherst; longtime companion, Irene Farkas of Lorain; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Kerecz (nee Kerti) in 1985; daughter, Paula Kerecz Savulak in 2006; parents, Frank and Mary Kerecz (nee Kurtz); brothers, Paul, Frank and Steve “Pesta” Kerecz; and sisters, Mary Olah and Helen Bors.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 21, 2014, from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M., at the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway Ave., Lorain. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at 9:15 A.M., in the funeral chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M., at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 200 St. Joseph Dr., Amherst. The Rev. Lawrence Martello, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, in Lorain, where the VFW Post #451 and American Legion Post #30 of Lorain, will conduct military honors.
Memorial contributions can be made to New Life Hospice, 3600 Kolbe Rd., Lorain OH 44053.