|Birth: ||Sep. 26, 1917|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 9, 2012|
The following obit was written by Lorraine Houppert daughter to Charles.
Charles F. Berberick died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, just 17 days before his 95th birthday. Charles was the third of 10 children of John Berberick and Mary Warner, born Sept. 26, 1917, in Jersey City, N.J. As a teenager he enjoyed raising racing and tumbling pigeons.
He was drafted into the Army Air Corps on Feb. 7, 1942, two months after Pearl Harbor. In 1936 he saw the ship launched from Jersey City that would be the ship that took him to Casablanca. It was a 12-day Atlantic crossing in December 1942 in a convoy from Brooklyn. He arrived on Christmas Eve. The same ship was sunk coming back to America with no convoy. He served in Algeria, French Morocco, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno and Tunisia as a heavy truck driver. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Soldiers Medal. The Soldiers Medal is the highest honor a soldier can receive for an act of valor in a noncombat situation. He saved a man at great peril to his own life in Tunisia on Aug. 14, 1943. He came home from Naples on the Americus to Boston. He served overseas two years, five months and 14 days and over one year at home. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion.
He married Eileen Lambert on June 18, 1945. They were married 50 years and Eileen died two days after their anniversary. Charles worked as a home oil delivery driver and then at Atlantic Box Co. as a box maker for shipping cars overseas. The wood used came from the Bonner mill. He took early retirement when 62 because he said he knew people who waited for retirement age and never lived to enjoy it. He enjoyed 32 years of retirement.
Charles and Eileen had one child, a daughter Lorraine. They moved to Montana when he retired to be near her and her husband Chris. Charles enjoyed woodworking and made cabinets, toys, mobiles and benches. He loved driving his car on the vast roads of Montana, especially with his grandsons Nicholas and Cody. When he was no longer able to drive he became known in his neighborhood for driving his blue scooter around with his dog Gizmo in the front basket.
His wife Eileen; siblings, Jack, Miriam, Annabell, Joe, Bob, Dorothy, Teresa and Grace and a son-in-law Jack MacMillan predeceased him.
He is survived by his daughter, Lorraine Houppert and her husband Chris; grandsons, Nicholas (wife Mar'Kee) and Cody; great-grandchildren, Kaiden, Jarett and Tar'Ysa, and brother Bill.
Charles was a kind man who loved his family very much. He never let things bother him. He wanted to stay in his home and thanks to all who helped him with his wish: the VA which gave him so much and took good care of him, Dr. Jenny Murney, Partners in Home Care Hospice and Missoula Aging Services. To honor Charles, remember them.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at Blessed Trinity Parish, followed by placement of the urn at Old St. Mary's Cemetery, with military honors.
Cremation is under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.
John Berberick (1890 - 1958)
Mary Emma Warner Berberick (1891 - 1969)
Eileen Lambert Berberick (1922 - 1995)
John Berberick (1914 - 1964)*
Miriam Berberick Alvarez (1915 - 2002)*
Charles Berberick (1917 - 2012)
George Berberick (1919 - 1919)*
Annabelle Berberick Winters (1920 - 1995)*
Dorothy Berberick Van Winkle (1921 - 1987)*
Grace Berberick Diaz (1923 - 2006)*
Teresa M. Berberick Bauer (1926 - 2009)*
Joseph Berberick (1927 - 1990)*
Robert Berberick (1928 - 2012)*
Saint Mary Cemetery
Created by: Gwen Dunphy
Record added: Sep 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96969510