Charles Guerra, Jr.

Obituary of Charles Aloysius Guerra, Jr.

Charles Aloysius Guerra, Jr. of Concord, age 90, passed away January 2021 after a brief illness. Charles "Chuck" was born in Painesville on August 31, 1930. Chuck attended St. Mary's School and graduated from Harvey High School. After high school, he worked as a butcher at the family store, "Guerra's Market", which was established by his father in 1929 on Sanford St. in Painesville, then later relocated the store to Chester St. and became well known to local residents. A Veteran, Chuck enlisted in the Army in 1950 and served in the Korean Conflict. After his enlistment, the son of a grocer returned to Painesville to work in the family business. Throughout the years, Chuck raised seven children while working twelve hours a day, six days a week. In 1994 Chuck was nominated and given top honors in a contest sponsored by Harlequin, naming him the most "Fabulous Father" of the year. In his "spare" time, he coached girl's softball. Retiring from the grocery business and closing Guerra's Market in 1980. Chuck, a tireless worker, took on a second career at the Painesville Light Plant in 1984. After retiring from the Light Plant in 1996 and not content to "putter around", he took on a third occupation working for a car parts delivery service until his formal retirement at the age of 85. He was a fine example of a father, a friend, and a man who will be sorely missed. He enjoyed spending time with his family, cooking, making homemade Italian sausage and he baked a perfect apple pie. He also liked to walk and work out at the YMCA. He enjoyed all sports but especially liked listening to the Indians outside under a shade tree in the summer and watching the Browns. He was a fine example of a father, a friend, and a man who will be sorely missed. Survivors include his seven children; Bambi Vargo (John), Leslie Hanna (Jim), Stacie Kovacs (Jerry), Robin Guerra, Jamie Pandy (Larry), and Ned Guerra and Perri Kushan (John). Also, brother Thomas (Janet) Guerra. In addition, grandchildren; Lauren and Leigh Vargo, Kaity, Elise, and John Kushan, Sam Guerra, step-grandchildren; Kyle Kovacs (Ashlee); great grandchildren, Hadley and Holden; and numerous nieces and nephews. Chuck is preceded in death by his parents; Charles and Carmella Guerra, brothers; Tony, John, and Michael Guerra, as well as sisters; Mary Covell, Lena Davis, and Virginia Murch. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 25th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home, 368 Mentor Avenue, Painesville. Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, January 26th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 242 N. State St, Painesville. Please meet at the Church. Livestreaming is available on Facebook on St. Mary Catholic Church Painesville page. Burial will follow with Military Honors, at St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary's Church Painesville or the Lake County YMCA.