Maureen CharnasJune 15, 1931 ~ May 6, 2017 (age 85)
Warren -Maureen Charnas, age 85 of Warren, Ohio, was called home to make the night sky much, much brighter on the morning of May 6, 2017. Maureen was surrounded by her husband and children and three of her grandchildren when she embarked on her greatest journey yet...
Maureen was born on July 15, 1931 where the Rapids are Grand in Michigan.
She graduated from St Alphonsus in Grand Rapids before moving out to California to work at Central Casting in Hollywood, where shortly after her arrival she met and fell in love with a dashing U.S. Naval Officer, Steve Charnas, on the isle
of romance, Catalina. Their 63-year marriage would span the globe with tours of
duty in Naples, Italy and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and extensive world travel.
They would produce 4 children, and be grandparents to 11 grandchildren and 3
Maureen enjoyed many interests, learning the art of SUMI-E painting and
classical guitar while living in Brazil. She loved reading, and dancing,
swimming and sailing, playing tennis and she played a mean game of ping pong.
Anyone fortunate enough to know Maureen, knew immediately how she would light up
the room with her quick wit and quick to laugh demeanor. She loved nothing more
than making people laugh... And the best seat in the house was always, always,
always next to her. Her biggest fan, her husband (this is hotly contested by her
children...), Steve would regularly say that Maureen should've been syndicated.
And he was right...
While Maureen's humor was brilliant, she was made of tough stuff, an unsinkable
Molly Brown... Raising her children overseas while her husband was a U.S. Navy
Pilot who was regularly away for months at a time. And all the while standing
tall for what she believed in and speaking her mind, even if her voice shook.
Maureen was kind and gentle, yet steadfast in her support of others, especially
Maureen leaves quite a legacy in her wake, survived by her husband, LCDR Steve
C. Charnas of Warren, her children, Christopher Charnas and his wife, Dr. Jeanne
Charnas of Orlando, Florida, Kally Nickel and her husband, Scott Nickel of
Canton, Ohio, Craig Charnas and his wife, Nancy Charnas of Cortland, Ohio, Kevin
Charnas of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, her sister, Patricia Przybysz and her
husband, Thomas Przybysz of Grand Rapids, Michigan, her grandchildren and great
grandchildren, and several nephews and nieces and friends.
Family and friends may call on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road NE in Warren, Ohio and on
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Robert's Catholic
Church, 4659 OH-46 in Cortland.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Church with Rev. Carl G. Kish officiating.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Warren.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Maureen’s name to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life 525 N Broad St. Canfield, Ohio 44406.
Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Charnas family.