Charles Patrick Catanese, son of Assunta and Antonio Catanese passed away March 31, 2012 after a long illness. He was one of seven children, born September 15, 1918 in Rochester, PA.
Charles attended Rochester High School in PA and is a graduate of
in Ohio. He received his Masters degree from
, Ohio. He also attended
University and the University of Southern California, where he did post-graduate work in School Administration.
He served as a Lt. Commander in the Navy in
and remained in the military reserve for a total of 31 years.
He taught public school in Minerva, Ohio and Costa Mesa, CA. He had served as Director of Personnel for Newport-Mesa Unified School District and at his retirement was principal of Sonora Elementary School.
Chuck was a life member of the Newport Harbor Elks. Also a member of the Knights of Columbus and past commander of the
, Post 0455.
He had two daughters; Barbara and Susan. Barbara passed away in 1993. He had two grandchildren; Lida and Bejan, three great-grandchildren, Bejan, Jr., Kody and Megan and one great-great grandson, Daniel. He had one stepdaughter, Diane.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Nancy. They enjoyed traveling to many parts of the world.