Charlotte Ann Chiccarine, 56

Charlotte Ann Chiccarine, 56, passed away peacefully on the evening of June 20th, 2009, after living for eight years with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease.  She was home, in the presence of her family, when she went to be with our Lord.

Born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lancaster, PA, Charlotte was the daughter of  Mary Burger Crnkovich and the late Joseph Crnkovich of Sacred Heart Parish.  She was a 1972 graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School. Charlotte was an active member of St. Leo the Great Parish in Lancaster.  In her years with St. Leo the Great Church she served as an extraordinary minister, a prayer group coordinator and also a member of the Spiritual Life Committee for the school.  Charlotte enjoyed using her creative skills on the computer to assist the school with programs for a variety of activities including, religious, sports, and theatre. Charlotte was also a faithful participant in Perpetual Adoration at St. Joseph’s Church in Lancaster.  Charlotte and her family shared their compassion by serving Thanksgiving meals at St. Philip’s Church until she was no longer physically able. Charlotte coordinated the Children’s Christmas party at the Milagro House and lent her support to the Sunnyside community whenever needed.

Among her many activities she enjoyed tennis with her husband, sports of all kinds, gardening, cross stitch, and spending time with her family. She loved being a homemaker spending many enjoyable hours in the kitchen cooking and baking for her beloved family and friends.  She enjoyed traveling and her pilgrimage to Medjugorje with her father was one of her fondest inspirational memories. While her children attended Lancaster Catholic High School Charlotte spent her time helping them and the school with the LCHS Carnival, children’s sports teams and band activities.

Charlotte and husband Peter L. Chiccarine celebrated their thirty-second wedding anniversary on May 21, 2009. In addition to her husband, she is survived by their four children, Mary Ann, wife of Fred Albertini of Leola, Peter, husband of Andrea of Landisville, Catherine, wife of Paul Squierdo of Manheim, and their youngest son, Joseph of Lancaster, and her two grandchildren, Frederick and Charlotte Albertini.  She is also survived by sisters Barbara M., wife of Robert Aregood, of Reading, Marcia A., wife of Thomas Powl of Lancaster, brothers Stephen Crnkovich, husband of Jeannette of Brickerville, and Robert G. Crnkovich, husband of Julie, of Lancaster.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 on Thursday, June25, 2009 at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 2427 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, PA 17601 with the Reverend Peter Hahn as Celebrant.  Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, June 24, 2009  at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Chapel Inc., 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, 17543 from 6:30 – 8:30PM, a Vigil service with recitation of the Holy Rosary beginning at 8:15 PM and again on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at the funeral home from 8:30-9:30AM. Interment will follow mass at St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery, Bausman, PA.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association of Philadelphia, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002.  To send an online condolence or for more information please visit

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Our deepest sympathies are with you all. Your wife and mother’s courage and faith was a testimony of her love for the Lord. Your devotion to her was an inspiration all who witnessed it. We’re sorry she left you so soon; but happy she has a new body in a better place. We will continue to pray for you in the days to come.
Todd and Marian Lehman

Our deepest sympathy at the loss of your wife and mother.  She was always such a devout and giving person.  May her legacy live on through all of you.
Sincerely, The Jakielski Family

I am sorry I never met your wife and I was truly moved by her obituary in the Lancaster paper.  I believe she was the person the good Lord wants us to be and I have no doubt she is in the hands of the Lord.  I have a good friend whose wife died of ALS and I know how difficult that disease can be.  May you always cherish the 32 years you had together.  May God Bless you and your family in this difficult time.  Please call us and come and see us, if you ever get to State College.
Bob Hershey (Chippy)

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.  We have nothing but fond memories when we were neighbors and some of the adventures we shared.  I remember how the whole family awaited Charlotte’s return from Medjugorje with great anticipation; and when she arrived everybody ran out of the house – with the last person out shutting the locked door.  I’ll never forget falling through the upstairs window from the ladder to get into the house.  Someday we will all be laughing together about that story – and others.   
George and Eileen Dietz

Peter and family,
Delores and I are so sorry for your loss.  Our deepest condolences to your whole family
Corky and Delores Bogert

Our deepest sympathies are with the Chiccarine and Crnkovich families.  She is resting peacefully with our Heavenly Father. We will pray that both families stay strong and we will all miss Charlotte. 
The Linsinbigler Family.

The Dash Poem
by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
And spoke of the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the DASH between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard;
are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

Be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more. 
Love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

Charlotte’s dash is a reflection of God’s perfect love.  Praise GOD.

Dear Peter, 
We send you our deepest sympathy on Charlotte’s death.  We hope you can find some small comfort in your good memories and in the thought of all the happy years you shared together.  Please convey our heartfelt sympathies to Mary Ann, Peter, Catherine and Joe.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.
Phil and Jan Traeger

My sympathy to Peter & family on Charlotte’s passing, She was always a pleasant person both as a classmate back in ’72 @ LCHS, and having seen her later again with roofing needs. I found her pilgrimage &  the story of Medjugorje fascinating, I never knew of it until reading it @ length this morning. My prayers are with you. My deepest sympathy.
Rick Abel

My deepest sympathies are with all of your family.
I remember Charlotte from high school. She was a kind and cheerful person and always said "Hi" in the halls.
I’m sorry this is late but I now live in Maryland and just found out that she is now with the Lord. My prayers are with you.
Rebecca (Ganse) Heim

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