Charles E. "Chuck" Verbonitz Sr., 76, rural Williamsburg, passed away unexpectedly late Wednesday night in Catharine Township after an apparent heart attack.
He was born in Butler, son of the late Joseph M. and Katherine P. (Dellich) Verbonitz. He married Patricia A. Sweeney on Aug. 4, 1962, in Williamsburg, and she passed away on Feb. 16, 2011.
Surviving are two sons: Charles E. Jr. and wife, Jennifer, of Williamsburg and Jeffrey A. of Altoona; four grandchildren: Joshua, Ashley, Douglas and Debra; two great-grandchildren: Bailey and Hunter; two sisters: Julie Foreso and Janet "Jen" Brantner, both of Williamsburg; and a brother, Daniel Sr. of Williamsburg.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Marie, on Sept. 13, 1971; two sisters: Dorothy Stapleton and Verna Parks; and two brothers: Sgt. Matthew and Joseph M. Jr.
Chuck attended Williamsburg High School and later received a GED during his service in the Army. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving with the military police. He retired as a cement truck driver from New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. with 38 years of service, beginning at the Altoona batch plant and finishing at the Tyrone Forge Quarry. He also was a retired part-time police officer in Williamsburg, having served in various positions during his tenure.
Chuck was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Williamsburg, and also belonged to Bonner-Sollenberger American Legion Post 456, Williamsburg, Williamsburg VFW Memorial Post 6086 and Williamsburg Sportsmen's Club. He was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoyed hunting, fishing, stock car racing and flagging at many area dirt tracks.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Williamsburg, where a vigil for the deceased will be held Sunday afternoon. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Father Aron M. Maghsoudi officiating. Committal with full military honors accorded by the Blair County Veterans Honor Guard will follow at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, rural Williamsburg.
The family prefers that memorial contributions be given to his church.