Charles W. Israel, 87, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, April 19, 2021 at Redstone Highlands, North Huntingdon surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 23, 1933 in Pittsburgh and raised in Coshocton, Ohio, son of the late William V. and Marion (Ford) Israel, raised by his grandmother Goldie Mae Israel and Axel Hillstrom. He graduated from Fresno High School and University of Pittsburgh. Chuck was employed by US Steel, Duquesne Works, Price Waterhouse, and retired from Beckwith Machinery Company. Chuck valued FAMILY above all else and cherished any opportunity to get the family together, especially at the annual beach vacation in Corolla, NC and the annual Crabfest on the back deck. He loved vacations with family at Disney World and various National Parks, especially Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, the Grand Canyon and Canyonlands. He was a member of St. Agnes Parish where he volunteered as an usher and was instrumental in organizing the St. Agnes Bazaar. He was a scout leader for Markvue Manor, mentor for Eagle Scouts and started the Luminaria Fundraiser which lives on today.
He is survived by his beloved wife Rita Mae (Pasinski), son Kevin (Kathleen Carr) of Pittsburgh, daughter Cindi of Westcliffe, Colorado, daughter Robin (Ted) Ray of Alpharetta, Georgia, son Jay (Susan) of Kane, Pennsylvania; grandchildren Anna and Jeffrey Israel, Austin and Tyler Ray, Christopher and Alexander Israel; brother-in-law Richard (Millie) Pasinski; sister-in-law Joan (Frank) Petras; niece Melanie Pasinski; nephews Douglas, Matthew, Justin Petras; and numerous granddogs. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in St. Agnes Church. Interment to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Park Foundation, www.nationalparks.org. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com
Originally published April 19, 2021.