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Charles Milazzo

October 18, 1919 -
May 15, 2020

Charles Joseph Milazzo was born on October 18, 1919 in Elmira, New York.  He died Friday, May 15, 2020 in his apartment at Windsor Court, Savoy, IL.  He was the son of Samuel Milazzo and Carrie Sperrazza, both immigrants from Serra Di Falco, Sicily, Italy.

Charles was raised in Rochester, New York with three broth…read more

Charles Joseph Milazzo was born on October 18, 1919 in Elmira, New York.  He died Friday, May 15, 2020 in his apartment at Windsor Court, Savoy, IL.  He was the son of Samuel Milazzo and Carrie Sperrazza, both immigrants from Serra Di Falco, Sicily, Italy.

Charles was raised in Rochester, New York with three brothers Richard, John and Samuel and three sisters Angelina, Rose and Mary.  Another brother, Peter, died at an early age.  He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941 and served as an aircraft maintenance instructor, line chief and flight engineer on B-24 and B-32 aircraft.

Charles met Dorothy Eloise Havland in October, 1942 and they remained sweethearts throughout World War II.  They were married on November 27, 1946 in Onarga, IL.  She preceded him in death in 2014.  Charles was discharged from the Air Corps in November, 1946 and pursued his Bachelor’s degree in Education at Bradley University, Peoria, IL.

In January, 1951 he accepted a teaching position at Chanute Air Force Base, IL and retired in December, 1978 as Chief of the Resources Management Branch of the 3345 TechnicalTraining Center.

Charles was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign, IL for over 50 years  and served as deacon for 6 years.  In 1968 the Deacons initiated the “Youth Club” and he originated and instructed the woodworking class from 1968 to 1982.  Many wood carvings of birds and animals created by the youth group still decorate many Champaign homes.

Charles was an avid golfer and worked diligently on his short game.  He won two club championships at Lincolnshire golf club of Champaign, IL in 1971 and 1972 and six club championships at Capri Isle Golf Club in Venice, Florida from 1983 to 1993.  He also shot a hole-in-one at each course.

Charles is survived by his three children,  Cindy Milazzo of Champaign, IL, David (Carla) Milazzo  of Urbana, IL and Barbara (Steve) Suderman of Champaign, IL; two grandchildren, Jenn (Josh) Hinds of Champaign, IL and Katie Milazzo of Galway, Ireland; one great-grandson Jack Hinds; his brother, Samuel (Norma) Milazzo of Diamond Bar, California and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic services and burial will be private and are being officiated by the Reverend Matt Matthews on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Memorial donations can be made to The Children’s Home and Aid Society, 125 S. Wacker Drive, 14th Floor, Chicago, IL  60606.

Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy is assisting the family with arrangements (www.morganmemorialhome.com).

 

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