Charles R. Carpenter Sr.


September 6, 1934 - December 23, 2015


 Charles R. Carpenter, Sr., age 81, of Erie, passed away at Abington Crest Nursing Home, Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Born in Erie, September 6, 1934, he was a son of the late Floyd and Louise (DeBello) Carpenter.

Charles was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He had worked as a foreman at Zurn Industries and later as a final assembler at Erie Strayer. He was a member of the VFW post #470 and an avid hunter and fisherman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Rosemarie Janicke Carpenter, a step-daughter, Cynthia Gehringer and a sister Rita Schroeder.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara A. (Finchio) Carpenter, of Erie; six children, Charles R. Carpenter, Jr., Marilyn Rawlings, husband Dan, Donald Carpenter, Brandy Carpenter, Robert Carpenter, wife Janice and David Carpenter, wife Kathy; a step-daughter, Christine Danielewicz, husband Bill; three sisters, Dorothy Keith, husband Jesse, Donna May Carpenter and Diane Carpenter; a brother, Richard Carpenter; eleven grandchildren Wendy, Rosie, Scotty, Stephen, Amanda, Ami, Crystal, Debbie, Brooklyn, Jason and Lisa; and five great-grandchildren, William Matthew, Kayleigh, Breanna, and Mahlah.

There will be no public calling hours. Services and burial at Erie County Memorial Gardens will be private. Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 W. 38th St. at Greengarden Blvd. is handling arrangements.

A memorial service will be held at San Juan United Methodist Church, 1430 Buffalo Road Erie, Pa at 1 pm on Saturday January 2, 2016 with a luncheon afterwards.


~ 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