PENN YAN - I left this world on January 6, 2013. I was born in Penn Yan, N.Y., in 1943, and the son of Henry K. and Eva M. Charlsen. Both are deceased but I hope to see them again. There is nothing interesting in what I did for employment, but I was in the U.S. Air Force from 1963-1969 (a Vietman Veteran) and worked for UNIVAC, Penn Yan Express and Yorktowne Caskets. Every place I worked closed up and left town. Now I will do the same.
I have four children, Todd and Diana (Pinti) Charlsen of Clinton, Tamara Mugford of Oriskany, Michael Charlsen of Utica and Michelle Charlsen (deceased). I also have five beautiful grandchildren, Alexandra of Clinton and Coty, Kirsten and Tehgan of Oriskany and Alison Charlsen (deceased). I love them and will miss them all dearly.
I leave behind three sisters, Edna Reiners and Marilyn Oswald of Penn Yan and Colleen Wight of Rochester. My sister, Betty Vermilye, left this world before me. I have two brother-in-laws, Dwayne Oswald and David Wight and many neices and nephews. Patricia Rogowski is a very close and personal friend and I thank her for helping me through some difficult times.
I treasure the many memories and experiences I had with my family and my biggest regret is that I did not spend more time with them. There is so much more I should have done and wanted to do. I wanted to hold my first great-grandchild.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend Memorial Calling hours for Bruce from 11:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday (January 12), with a service to follow at Townsend –Wood Funeral Home, Penn Yan, New York.
Any donations, please make them to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society, Utica, N.Y., or to Hospice. They do fantastic and difficult work.
Now I will finally be going home to Penn Yan....to stay.
Arrangements in care of Wolanin Funeral Home, Inc. New York Mills
Online memorials may be left at www.wolaninfuneralhome.com