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Charles R. Kuzneski

August 22, 1945 ~ November 9, 2022 (age 77)
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Charles R. Kuzneski, Sr. died Wednesday, November 9, 2022. He was the fourth of five sons, born in Pittsburgh to Andrew and Virginia (nee Meggo) Kuzneski on August 22, 1945.
He moved his family to Indiana, Pennsylvania, in 1953.

He graduated from Indiana High School in 1964, where he excelled in athletics, eventually being inducted into the Indians County Sports Hall of Fame. Lettering in football, wrestling, and track. Many of his track and field records stood for decades. 

He was awarded a full football scholarship to Purdue University. Playing right guard, he contributed to Purdue's outstanding 1967 season, where they reigned as Big Ten Champs and Rose Bowl victors. 1968 was a momentous year as he graduated from Purdue, married his college sweetheart, and returned to Indiana, PA, to work and start a family. He always considered Indiana home and never considered living anywhere else.

He was known for his impeccable work ethic and excellent sales skills.  He founded and operated Penn West Litho Printing Company and was successful in additional work endeavors. He had a lifelong love of the outdoors and was happiest being outside, operating his farm equipment and tending his food plots.

Having the luxury of family living in close proximity was a unique blessing that he appreciated more each year. After retirement, he was able to devote his newfound time to making “rounds” to each of his children's homes. He was most proud of his large family, and watching his grandchildren grow up brought him special joy. He had a special ability to make his storytelling exciting and amusing with his repository of information and statistics. He was a charter member of the Ninth Street Deli lunch crew who gathered daily for food and conversation.

Survivors include his children, Charles "Casey" Jr. (Lore) Kuzneski, Joseph Kuzneski,  Alex (Rena) Kuzneski, Courtney Albert, Allison (Steve) Wells, and his former spouse, Cynthia K Lilly, all of Indiana, Pennsylvania. Fifteen grandchildren, Madelin Kuzneski (Pittsburgh), Cassandra Kuzneski (San Diego), Joseph Kuzneski, Charlie, Olivia, Brock, Kate, Tess, and Eve Kuzneski; Cameron, Caroline, and Jackson Albert; Vincent Sherry Jr, Piper Kuzneski-Allen, and Eila Wells all of Indiana, Pennsylvania. 

He has also survived his brother, Anthony (Jodell) Kuzneski of The Villages, Florida, his life-long friends, Thomas and Alice Zaucha, and his sisters-in-law, Joyce, Dodie, and Marianne Kuzneski. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Andrew, Joseph, and William Kuzneski; niece, Kathy Jo; nephews, William and David Kuzneski.

In keeping with Chuck's wishes, there will be no viewing. A Mass in his honor will be offered Friday, November 18, 2022, at 10:30 AM at St Bernard of Clairvaux Roman Catholic Church. 
Burial will be held privately in the St. Bernard Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a contribution in Chuck's name to the charity or organization of their choice.

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Funeral Mass
November 18, 2022

10:30 AM
St. Bernard of Clairvaux Roman Catholic Church (Indiana)

Private Committal

St. Bernard Cemetery
Clairvaux Drive
Indiana, PA 15701

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Charles Kuzneski

August 22, 1945-November 9, 2022

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