Pearl E. Charles, 85

Pearl E. Charles, 85 of Lititz died at Moravian Manor on Monday, July 14, 2008. Born in Lancaster, PA., she was the daughter of the late Aaron and Mary M. Fry Stauffer. Pearl was married to William H. Charles for 55 years before his death in 1999. She was previously employed at Servomation in Lancaster and was a member of St Anne’s Catholic Church.  

Surviving are five children: Thomas H. husband of Janice Charles of Spokane WA, Joanna M. wife of Stephen Kirchner of  Spring, TX, Christine L. wife of Keith Kirchner of Lancaster, Karen C. wife of Robert Gramola of Lancaster, Kathleen L. wife of John Graham Jr. of Lititz, thirteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren and two sisters: Ruth, wife of William Gregg of Lancaster and Mary Jane Doerr of Lancaster.

Mass of Christen Burial will be held at St. Anne Catholic Church, 929 N. Duke Street Lancaster, PA. on Monday, July 21, 2008 at 11:30AM with Rev Norman Hohenwarter as Celebrant. Interment will be in St Joseph New Catholic Cemetery, Bausman, PA. There will be a viewing at the church from 10:30-11:30 AM on Monday. Contributions may be made in Pearl’s memory to St Anne’s Catholic Church. Arrangements made by the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home  To send online condolences, please visit,

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We were so sorry to read about the death of Pearl.  We have known Pearl for many years.  We grew up in the same neighborhood.  We belong to the "Dead End Girls".  Pearl was a wonderful and caring person!  We always enjoyed being around her. You can be very proud of her!  May your many wonderful memories of her help to sustain you at this very sad time.  Please accept our deepest and heartfelt sympathy. 
Dottie Hammon and Janet Hammon Smeltz.

P.S.  My husband, Ken Smeltz, would also like to add his condolences.  He knew Pearl years ago when they both worked at Hubley’s Toy Company

Dear Kathy and Family, I am sorry to hear about mom. I will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts. Keep her memories close in your heart and she will be with you always.
Carole Martin Good

Dear family,
I will be sending a card but wanted you all to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Grandma Pearl will be missed very much. I hope the funeral is nice and I’m glad my dad and Jill will be able to be there. If I wasn’t in Alaska I would do my best to be there as well. Please take care of each other, I love and miss you all.
Love, Clare

I have nothing but wonderful memories of my many hours at Auntie Pearl’s house.  I lived in Maryland but spent at least one weekend every month in Lancaster, which always included time at Auntie Pearl’s.  I would visit with Chrisy, my distant cousin who was closer to me then many of my friends.  I always loved the relationship that Chris, Tom, Joanna, Karen and Kathy had with their mother.  She gave and did for everyone without ever expecting anything in return.  She always made me feel like one of her kids…having   parties for me when I was there and it was near my birthday, entertaining me throughout the years with earlier family movie screenings, always encouraging Uncle Harold and Tom to play guitar duets, and I just loved playing the pinball machine in the attic.  It was always a fun, pleasant, comfortable place to go and spend time with a family who had such a wonderful mom.  The world has lost a "one of a kind" personality, but there is no doubt in my mind that she is being served at heaven’s table now.  My condolences to the families of Tom, Joanna, Chris, Karen and Kathy.  Everyone loved your mom.
Pam "Rhoads" Serino

Just wanted to let you know that all my thoughts of deepest sympathy and prayers are with you all.
May God send you all his peace and love and may memories bring you all comfort and peace.
Love and Special Prayers to you all,
Dorothy "Dottie" Jones
(from card & travel club @ Saint John Neumann Church)

Pearl was a loving, giving, woman and her presence in both St. Anne School and Church over the years will not be forgotten.  She is certainly now reaping her rewards with our heavenly father.  You have our deep sympathy for your loss.     
Ray Kneisley Family

There is an Celtic epitaph that says "Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears,
but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you…I loved you so…twas heaven here with you"…I think Pearl was most welcomed entering heaven…for
it is not the greatness of the work which matters to God, but the love with
which it is done. Pearl was a blessing to us all, I cherish all my memories
of her, and am so proud to be a part of her family. Her legacy of love will
never end. Thank you God, for this wonderful woman, Pearl Stauffer Charles.
  Janice Devlin Charles (Tom’s wife)

 I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Chris and your siblings concerning the loss of you Mom.  I always enjoyed seeing Mr. & Mrs. Charles when they would come to Dr. Lyons for their dental appointment’s, and not only because Mrs. Charles always brought us delicious home made goodies!  They were very nice people.  & I know you will miss them, but they are together again!  May their souls, and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace Amen.   
Sincerely,  Mary C. (Kiely) Herr

I was very saddened to hear of Auntie Pearl’s passing. Saddened for you, her family, and for all of us who knew and loved her. I know you will miss her. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.
My thoughts immediately turned to joy knowing that she was with our Lord and enjoying His peace and His wonderful presence. I know He is glad to have her there also, as I know she is singing His praises on the player piano. (that is, in between baking and cooking for the entire "community"!) I have so very many wonderful and fun memories of her. She would make you laugh until your sides ached. She would hold you and "make it all better" – and then give you some fudge. Auntie Pearl was a wonderful lady, and because of all these wonderful memories, we can "keep" her forever.
Love and God bless you,
Janet (Charles) Mansoldo
John & Miriam Charles’ daughter

Auntie Pearl, that is how my family always referred to her. She was not technically my aunt but I always thought of her as one. I loved going to her house. No matter when you showed up she would "whip up" your favorite dessert no matter how much you protested she was going to do it anyway so you might as well have just enjoyed it. Running from the kitchen to the living room making sure everyone was having a good time that was Auntie Pearl. She was a wonderful person and the world is a little less happy now that she is not here with her family; but remember she would not want you to stay that way for very long. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom, Joanna, Chris, Karen, Kathy and all of their families.
Lance, Maria, Kirsten, Brad and Rachel

My sincerest and deepest sympathy for the loss of your wonderful mother.  I moved on Liberty St. in 1952 and got to know your family for many years, not only as a neighbor but a member of St. Anne’s Church.                    Pearl was a beautiful person both inside and out and reading of her passing was very sad.  She is now in the presence of her Lord receiving a reward of endless happiness.                 
God Bless all of You as well as Pearl                       
 Mrs. Garreth & Family

I will miss my aunt Pearl. She was a very caring & loving person & had a great sense of humor. She would always make me laugh. Knowing aunt pearl, she’s probably baking her goodies for every one in Heaven.
Love you aunt Pearl. We will all miss you.
Chrissy, Karen, Joanna, Kathy, Tom & the rest of the family, Your in my prayers.

May your memories bring you comfort and keep your loved one close in heart.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
With deepest sympathy
David, Linda Quenzer and Family

My thoughts & prayers are with you.
Robert ( Bert ) Kopf

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