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Charles A. Loftus

February 24, 2020

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Charles Anthony Loftus

February 24, 2020


Charles Anthony Loftus, 90, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2020, surrounded by his loved ones and friends at Allied Services Meade Street Skilled Nursing in Wilkes-Barre.

Born on May 17, 1929 in Wilkes-Barre, Charlie was the son of the late Francis and Mary Youngblood Loftus. Married to the former Helene White, the couple would have celebrated their sixty-sixth wedding anniversary on February 27, 2020.

Charlie graduated from GAR High School and attended Wilkes University.  He started his working career as a breaker boy in the Huber Colliery, followed by jobs at Woodbury Manufacturing and Western & Southern Life Insurance Co.  He was a member of the Laborer’s Union until his retirement. Charlie served proudly in the US Navy, and he was a veteran of the Korean War assigned to the USS Leyte Aircraft Carrier as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate.

Charlie loved all kinds of sports, and he especially enjoyed watching his beloved grandchildren, rarely missing any of their track meets, soccer, volleyball, basketball, or football games.  He beamed with pride at even the smallest accomplishments, and he reminded his grandchildren that if God is for us, then who can be against us?

Charlie’s artistic ability was envied, and he loved animals and absolutely adored babies.  His unwavering support and loyalty, as well as his corny grandpa jokes and one-liners are some of the many legacies he leaves to us.  Charlie never denied a request for help from family or friend; hence his nickname, Buddy – a friend to all!

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Francis and his wife Dorothy, James, and Donald; his sisters – Elizabeth Loftus, Naomi Loftus, Anna Mae Kendra, Mary Theresa and her husband Thomas Cooper; and his bothers-in-law, Patrick Kerrigan and Charles Rogers.

He is survived by his wife Helene Loftus, Wilkes-Barre; sisters – Geraldine Rogers, and Catherine Kerrigan; children – Linda and her husband Robert Desciak, Wilkes-Barre, Mary Ellen and her husband Carl Konetski, Hanover Township; grandchildren –Atty Jamie (Desciak) and her husband Atty Michael Zogby, Morristown, NJ, Dr. Matthew Desciak and his wife Laura, Dallas, Pa, Dr. Michael Desciak and his wife Sarah, Pittsburgh, Pa, Dr. Dina (Konetski)and her husband Robert Becker, Philadelphia, Pa, Atty Nicholas  Konetski and his wife, Dr. Julie (Willenkin), Harrisburg, Pa; great-grandchildren – Julia and Allison Desciak, Charles, Ellery, and Margot Zogby, and Aurora Konetski.

The family would like to thank the staff of Allied Services, Meade Street, and Dr. Patrick Kerrigan for their love and the excellent and compassionate care that Charles received.

Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 27, from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:00 a.m. in St Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre.  The Reverend Joseph Verespy, Pastor, will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp.

Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 7 pm, Wednesday, February 26th , and from 8:45 to 9:30 am on Thursday, February 27th at the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home.

Donations may be made in Charles name to the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting Charlie’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.