Charles W. Weko Jr., 68, Alexandria, died Wednesday morning at his home surrounded by his family after a short battle with cancer.
He was born in Huntingdon, son of the late Charles and Katharine Weko. He was united in marriage to Linda Faddis on Dec. 21, 1968, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Phoenixville.
Surviving are his wife; two sons: Lt. Col. Charles W. III and wife, Stephanie, of Woodbridge, Va., and Matthew E. and wife, Amanda, of Haddonfield, N.J.; four grandchildren: Robert East, Alexander Weko, Stephen Weko and Elliotte Weko; a brother, Metz Weko and wife, Melinda, of Alexandria; a sister, Janet Zerby of Centre Hall; two nephews; and six nieces.
He was preceded in death by a niece.
Charlie was a 1962 graduate of Juniata Valley High School and a 1967 graduate of Millersville University with a degree in secondary education with a major in high school mathematics. He taught high school math from 1967-76 in Coatesville and in Newport, Vt. He returned to Huntingdon County in 1976 and was a self-employed plumbing contractor for 30 years after a brief period selling cars for Huston Ford.
Charlie was a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church at Water Street until its closing. He was a current member of Zion Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, where he served as an usher, lector and communion assistant. He served on the board of directors for the Hartslog Heritage Museum, Huntingdon County PRIDE and Huntingdon County Arts Council. He will be remembered for his traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs, which he often donated to the PRIDE telethon. The community service from which he received the greatest satisfaction was volunteering with Home Nursing Agency Hospice. They compassionately provided his care through the final stage of his illness.
Charlie's family was very important to him, and he cherished the time he spent with them. He enjoyed traveling, learning about Civil War sites and the pursuit of local and Confederate ephemera. He was a strong supporter of Juniata Valley High School extracurricular activities, including athletics, band and speech league.
Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Cutright Funeral Homes, 412 Main St., Alexandria. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church, Plum Street, Williamsburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Home Nursing Agency Hospice, 9492 William Penn Highway, Huntingdon, PA 16652, or to Zion Lutheran Church, Plum Street, Williamsburg, PA 16693.