Charles J. Mogish, “Pop”, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away Tuesday, April 9th, at his home in Mill Hall surrounded by his loving family. Charlie was born on May 3rd, 1939 to the late Charles and Valentine Mogish in Delano, PA.
Charlie served 3 years in Germany with the U.S. Army’s Third Infantry Division.
He returned home to marry the love of his life, Margaret Ann Kershetsky, on April 30th, 1959. They would have celebrated their 59th anniversary this year. Charlie is survived by his cherished wife “Maggie” and by his beloved sisters, Loretta Flaim of Vineland NJ, and Rita Suchanick of Fairpoint NY.
He was the loving father of four daughters: Michele (Rick) Terry, Trace (Walt) Bilski, Rebecca (Brian) Myers and Heather (Dan) Ake. Adoring grandfather to 15 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Mill Hall has been Charlie’s home since 1970 when he moved his family to the area to establish Haven Homes Inc. with his partner & friend, the late Charles Ballard. Together they grew a business that became a leading modular home company in the East coast. Charlie took great pride in the company and truly cared for his employees. He continued to meet some of “the guys” for breakfast on a regular basis until a few short weeks ago.
Charlie was a respected outdoorsman with a great love of fly-fishing. Fishing connected him to some of his best friends and took him to places all over the world. He passed on this passion to his nieces, nephews, grandchildren & great grandchildren. He was a joyful member of the Antes Fort Fishing Club, for him this organization was the perfect combination of fishing and benevolence. Charlie often said he felt closest to God on the streams. He was a man of deep faith and a member of Saint Agnes. He served on the Lock Haven Catholic Finance Council and is particularly noted for his support for Catholic education and his devotion to Lock Haven Catholic School. He was chairman of the Endowment Fund and an integral part of the expansion of the Lock Haven Catholic School.
In 2006, he was awarded the Prince Gallitzin Cross Award by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Charlie was family-centered. He took great delight in watching his grandchildren and their friends grow and participate in various sports and performances. He never missed an opportunity to watch them participate on the field, in the pool or on the stage. He was a devoted grandfather and his grandchildren’s greatest fan not only on the sidelines but in life. Charlie was a simple, humble man who found that family and helping others was the best formula for happiness. He was active in local Rotary Clubs and National Habitat for Humanity. Charlie was a carpenter and a great cook. He took pride in creating a home that served as a “safe haven” for his family and friends. He loved to venture off to his camp, “Pop-Pop’s Paradise” to cast a few lines in the stream or watch the Eagles play some football. He enjoyed golfing with his golf buddies and picking blueberries from the bushes in his yard. Charlie was a gentle man of integrity, a grateful man. His kind heart and optimism inspired and uplifted anyone he encountered.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Noon at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 3 E. Walnut St., Lock Haven, PA 17745 with Rev. Father Jozef Kovacik officiating. Interment will follow at St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery, Lock Haven.
Friends and family will be received on Friday evening from 5 to 8 P.M. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, PA 17745.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Charlie’s name may be made through the funeral home to the Lock Haven Catholic School Building Fund or Lock Haven Catholic School Endowment Fund.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com