Obituary of Charles J Weinpel
Charles Joseph Weinpel, 93, a longtime resident of Pequannock, peacefully passed away on January 29, 2021.
Born in Passaic, Charlie (“Chaz” to some or “Popsy” to his family) was born in Passaic and raised in East Paterson (now Elmwood Park). He was the only son born to Charles and Elizabeth (Betty) Weinpel, and the first grandchild to Anna and Charles G. Weinpel.
Graduating from St. John’s High School, he soon joined the U.S. Navy, proudly serving from October 1945 to August 1946 during World War II. He continued with the Navy reserves, remaining active until 1954.
With the assistance of the GI Bill, Charlie attended Temple University in Philadelphia, starting in the fall of 1946. After graduating, he worked at Singer Kearfott and left as the HR director. He then became the proud owner and operator of Weinpel Search Inc. for over 40 years.
Charlie married Rose Morozewicz, and together the couple had two sons. With that marriage ending in divorce, Charlie married Josephine Tilli, and the two enjoyed many happy years together prior to her death in 2006.
Charlie had many passions in life and loved all card games, but his most favorite was Texas Hold ‘Em at the Tropicana in Atlantic City. He also loved all board games, but was quite talented at the game of chess. It was unusual for him to lose, but if he did, he took it with grace.
He was a lifelong athlete, loving golf, bowling, handball, and racquetball. He competed in many bowling leagues throughout the years, and won numerous trophies in his day. He was also an incredible handball and racquetball player, and enjoyed the game at Spa 23 in Pompton Plains, where he enjoyed membership for many years. Charlie was a routine player at the Spa every Tuesday and Thursday morning alongside his wife Josephine, where they would go up against their “racquetball family.”
Charlie was also a talented musician, and played saxophone for many years. When a neuralgia condition slowed him down, he switched to the organ keyboard, and played his favorite tunes ever so elegantly.
He was a big fan of Big Band music, and was an ever-so-talented dancer, as well as teacher. Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable” was by far his favorite song, and the sweet sound of her music could often be heard in his home.
Charlie loved dining out with family and friends, preferring Italian restaurants. He had a great appreciation for fresh seafood, and especially enjoyed Alaskan King Crab and mussels.
He also loved to entertain at home. Together with Jo, he hosted many family bbq’s over the years. Their home was also the place to be every Christmas Eve, where Josephine would cook her famous “Agilo e Olio” (linguini with garlic & oil) and other delicious Italian food. Many years they would have more than 30 people in their home, including family and dear friends.
After living in Pequannock for 38 years, Charlie made Atlantic City his home in 2014. Four years later, he moved into the Paramus Veterans Home, where he was well cared for until his passing. He met so many wonderful friends and staff at the facility, and made a truly special friendship with JoAnn. Charlie’s family will never forget the love she gave their father, and is forever grateful to her.
Most importantly, Charlie loved his family and friends and cherished his grandchildren. He will be missed by so many.
Charlie is survived by his sons, Charles Edward Weinpel, Philip John Weinpel and his wife Diane, David Tilli and his wife Linda, and Rev. Bob Tilli and his wife Adelaide; his daughter, Diane Matthews and her husband John; his daughter in-law, Maria; his grandchildren, Jason Philip Weinpel, Kevin Dylan Weinpel, Emily A. Weinpel, Katelyn Bushoven and her husband Bryan, Jonathan Tilli and his wife Tiffany, Michelle Zuberi and her husband Ardijan, Jennifer Matthews, Rob Tilli, and Rebecca Tilli Curcio and her husband Chris; his great grandson, Lucas John Zuberi; and many close friends. He was predeceased by his wife Josephine and his grandson Victor Weinpel.
Charlie would always say he “lived the good life!” Please help the family celebrate his life at a visitation to be held Friday, February 5 from 4-8 pm at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held 10 am on Saturday for immediate family and for guests via Zoom. Burial will be held privately for the family. Those wishing to participate in the visitation and/or funeral service via Zoom can complete the Sign up sheet by clicking here. Please complete the sign-up by 10 am on Friday in order to receive the Zoom link for the access you requested. To best protect the privacy of the family, only those who complete the sign-up will receive the zoom link. The zoom visitation will allow you to periodically interact with the family, however, the funeral service zoom is to view only. If you have any issues, please contact the funeral home at 973-831-1300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The funeral home has a capacity of 37 people at a time for visitation, please be advised to keep your visit brief, if possible, to accommodate anyone that may be waiting. You may need to wait outside if the funeral home is at capacity, please dress accordingly. Masks and social distancing are required.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Charlie’s memory to the Paramus Veteran’s Home would be greatly appreciated. You can access a donation form by clicking here and view the Veteran's Home Wish List by clicking here.
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