Charles Ernest Pitzka

September 17, 1937March 11, 2018

Charles E. Pitzka, 80, of Jacksonville died March 11, 2018, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Riverside. Born on September 17, 1937, in the township of Waukesha, WI, he was one of eight children of Emil and Henrietta (nee Honeyager) Pitzka. Charles had lived in Jacksonville since 1977.

Preceding Charles in death were his parents, one sister, and one brother. He is survived by three sisters; Janice Bliss of California City, CA, Mary Joanne Jones of Waukesha, Karlen Pitzka Jablonski of Milwaukee, WI, and two brothers; James Pitzka and John Pitzka, both of Wisconsin. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, Charles was a teacher in both Wisconsin and Florida schools for more than 40 years. Prior to his retirement, he was a teacher at Jacksonville Heights Elementary, where he will be missed by his many friends who taught there with him.

Charles is remembered for his friendship with the entire faculty and staff of Jacksonville Heights Elementary School and for the love and compassion he showed his students. He was not merely a teacher to each of his students, but in some cases, the only positive father figure in their lives. He always made fun a part of everyday life for all those who knew him.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, at Hardage-Giddens, Riverside Memorial Park, 7242 Normandy Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32205.

You may leave words of comfort and sympathy at HARDAGE-GIDDENS, RIVERSIDE MEMORIAL PARK and FUNERAL HOME, 7242 Normandy Boulevard is serving the family.


  • Janice Bliss of California City, CA, Sister
  • Mary Joanne Jones of Waukesha, WI, Sister
  • Karlen Pitzka Jablonski of Milwaukee, WI, Sister
  • James Pitzka of Wisconsin, Brother
  • John Pitzka of Wisconsin, Brother
  • Emil and Henrietta Honeyager Pitzka, Parents


  • Graveside Service Saturday, April 7, 2018

Charles Ernest Pitzka

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Gail Carroll

March 22, 2018

Chuck's goal was to bring a bit of happiness to everyone that he knew. A day was not complete until he made someone laugh. He wanted everyone that he knew to get along with each other. I remember hearing him say "We need to get to know each other so that we can learn to love each other." What a wonderful out look on life! I am very blessed to have known Chuck and to have been his friend.