Charles W. (Chuck) Bentel, 94, of Meadville, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Meadville Medical Center.
He was born April 28, 1926 in Sewickley and grew up in Aliquippa, a son of William S. and May Bestwick Bentel. He married his high school sweetheart, Marian J. Patton June 30, 1949; and they were married for 67 years prior to her death April 7, 2017. Marian and Chuck had lived in Meadville for over 50 years.
Chuck was a 1944 graduate of Aliquippa High School. He was a Veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. in Japan, serving from 1944 to 1946. He was a 1949 graduate of Slippery Rock University with a B.A. in Education and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Master’s in Education. He taught at Penn Hills, was supervising principal at Slippery Rock and Townville and then served as curriculum supervisor and assistant superintendent for Crawford Central Schools. He retired in 1985 following 35 years in education.
Chuck was an active member of First Presbyterian Church having served as a Deacon, Elder and Session member. He was a former board member of the ARC of Crawford County, a volunteer for Special Olympics of Crawford County and Wesbury U.M. Community, and a Redcoat at Meadville Medical Center.
Chuck enjoyed big band and jazz music, previously had fun golfing, and he and Marian loved vacationing on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland and at Niagara on the Lake in Ontario, Canada. He enjoyed following sports, particularly football, baseball, basketball, and golf at the high school, college and professional levels. Chuck was witty, had a great sense of humor, and was well known and respected throughout the community; but most of all, he was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Rosenbaum (David) and a granddaughter, Calynn Rosenbaum, all of Cranberry Township; and two nieces, Beth Ann Gabele (Ken) and their family of Cleveland Heights, OH and Gayle Piroli (Larry) and their family of Aliquippa.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann Lucas.
Family and friends will be received Friday, November 27th from 3 to 6 p.m. at the ROBERT W. WAID FUNERAL HOME, 581 CHESTNUT ST., MEADVILLE where the wearing of masks will be required.
A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 28th at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Brian Jensen, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, officiating and military honors provided by VFW Post 2006.
The public memorial service will be Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 890 Liberty Street, Meadville, with the Rev. Dr. Brian Jensen, Pastor, officiating.
Interment will be in Greendale Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Crawford County Humane Society, 11012 Kennedy Hill Rd., Meadville, PA 16335.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.waidfuneralhome.net.
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Crawford County Humane Society
11012 Kennedy Hill Road, Meadville PA 16335