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James A. Charles, Sr.

July 23, 1932 ~ December 14, 2019 (age 87)


James A. Charles, Sr., age 87, of Mars, passed away on Saturday evening, December 14, 2019 at St. John Specialty Care Center in Mars.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA on July 23, 1932, he was the son of the late Kenneth A. and Dorothy Renn Charles.

He was a retired mechanic for Petroleum Equipment Service in Pittsburgh and later had worked as a driver for CVS Pharmacy.

Jim was a member of Old Union Presbyterian Church in Mars.

Surviving are his wife, Geraldine Collins Charles, who he married on June 6, 1951, a son, James Charles, Jr. (Sharon) of Hadley, PA,  three daughters, Debby Dukes (Dan) of Mars,  Patti Berk (Frank) of Zelienople and Becky Kincaid (Morgan Minamyer) of Galion, OH., his grandsons, Steve Dimencic, Shane Charles, Mark and Chuck Kincaid and Ryan and Travis Berk, 8 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren. His siblings, Barbara Charles in Connecticut, Kathleen Charles of Evans City, Judith Compton of Butler, Margaret Frank of Longview, TX., Joan Kelly of Santa Monica, CA and Carrie Bell McGrath in N.C.                                                            

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Pam Charles and two brothers, Kenneth Charles, Jr. and David A. Charles.

Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Services on Wednesday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Rev. Dr. Peter deVries, officiating.  Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Twp., PA. Memorials may be made to the MS Society. Directions and condolences are available at

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