Charles Joseph (Charlie) Guarnaccia, 92, died Friday, September 6, 2013. As they advanced in age, he and his wife of 55 years, Flaminia, moved to Denton, TX in 2010 to live closer to their only child. Until then, they had lived independently in retirement for 28 years in Scottsdale, AZ, where they were members of St. Daniel the Prophet Roman Catholic Church and had been active community volunteers.
Charlie, the middle of five brothers, was born to Italian immigrant parents in New York, NY on November 13, 1920. During WW-II, he served in the Army Air Corp, training carrier pigeons, which were still being used at that time to transmit coded wartime messages. Following WW-II, Charlie worked in a variety of industries. During this time, as a young man, he greatly enjoyed his time traveling with friends between the Catskill Mountains of New York State, in the summer, and Fort Lauderdale, FL, in the winter, working in the hotel industry of the late 1940s and early 1950s in both locations.
Charlie later returned to New Jersey, where he worked in the textile industry from the mid-1950s until his retirement in 1982. In 1956 he and his wife, Flaminia, married and had one son. Charlie was a good husband, father and provider to his family. Throughout his life, Charlie was always able to see the best in everyone he met; allowing him to easily interacted with anyone who crossed his path. Charlie particularly enjoyed the company of others who shared his blue-collar background. He is loved by his family and will be missed by those who knew him.
Charlie is survived by his son, Dr. Charles A. Guarnaccia, and wife, Diane Kohlhase, of Denton, TX; granddaughter, Rev. Catherine Leuba Wright, her husband, James, and their children, Luke, Rachel and Sarah of Austin, TX; and granddaughter, Emily Leuba Jones, her husband, Brit, and their children, Lydia and Guthrie, also of Austin, TX. His wife, Flaminia, and grandson, Samuel Leuba, predeceased him.
Charlie's life will be celebrated in a private family ceremony. His remains will be interred alongside his wife's remains at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. His granddaughter, the Rev. Catherine Wright, will officiate. In lieu of other tributes, for those who wish, family requests memorial contributions be made to Denton Christian Preschool, which provides critical early education for economically at-risk children (1114 W University Dr, Denton, TX 76201).