Charles J. Gorske

Charles GorskeCharles J. Gorske, 89, of 564 Kerner Avenue, St. Marys, passed away unexpectedly Saturday evening, October 26, 2013, at the Elk Regional Health Center.

He was born May 19, 1924 in Erie, PA, son of the late Rudolph and Rose Bartholemis Gorske.  He was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1942, where he played football for the Rams.  He was a former employee of Leashore Calgift Advertising and was a retired employee of Keller Oil Company.

On August 14, 1948 in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Marthadel Robacker  who preceded him in death on November 3, 1992.  On July 19, 1996 in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Carol Leuschel, who survives.

He is survived by a daughter, Hope Georgino of Murrells Inlet, SC; a son, James J. Gorske and his wife Louisa of Holden, MA; five grandchildren, Ian Gorske, Taylor Gorske, Sofie Georgino, Charlie Gorske, and Gabriel Gorske.

Besides his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, August and Sophia Gorske of Johnsonburg, who raised him because of his parents’ early deaths; and by brothers and sisters.

Mr. Gorske was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, a Veteran of WWII, enlisting in the Navy as a Gunner’s Mate, Third Class, and was a Rescue and Recovery Diver for downed pilots whose planes were shot down in the Pacific.  He served on the USS Hickox DD673 and was honorably discharged with several medals and commendations.  He enjoyed cooking, baking, and sharing it with his friends.  He also enjoyed woodworking, going to camp, and his dogs.  He especially enjoyed visits from his grandchildren.  Mr. Gorske also played semi-professional football for the Johnsonburg Shamrock’s.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday evening, October 28, 2013, from 6:00 till 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Sacred Heart Church, 325 Center Street, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Fisher/Garrison October 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Our deepest sympathy and heart-felt prayers to the entire family during this very difficult time.
Bobby Fisher & Gene Garrison, Myrtle Beach SC

Jim & Joanne McKenna October 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Jim and Family,
We are sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I know that he will be missed by all. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

THE NISSEL FAMILY October 28, 2013 at 7:08 pm


Dale & Alice Armanini Slottje October 28, 2013 at 7:18 pm

We are so deeply sorry for your loss of Chuck. Know that your are in our daily thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Nick and Margie October 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I will always remember Chuck’s warm smile and the special way he spoke that was so calming, not to mention a bit of humor! The last time I had the pleasure of seeing him, his soft voice, kindness, and love of life shown through with all of his might and that will last forever for all those who knew Chuck. God Bless his family and God Bless Chuck as he enters the Gates of Heaven.
Margie Shaffer Fritz

Rocco Petrilli October 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm


I always enjoyed your father in the time spent together growing up and in the many happenstance encounters over the years.

You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.

Joyce Robacker Schreiber October 30, 2013 at 10:25 am

Hope and Jim,

So sorry for your loss. Uncle Chuck, as we knew him, was a joyful part of our Christmas and Easter celebrations when we were growing up. You will always have the good memories.

Love to you both. Joyce (Helene Robacker Benton’s daughter)

Donna Holjencin November 4, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Dear Carol,
So sorry for your loss. I always remember seeing how Chuck always made you smile. God Bless you all. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
Your friend,

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