Charles Allen Werner
November 9, 1929 – December 7, 2019
Charles Allen Werner died peacefully in St. Louis, Missouri, on December 7, 2019. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday, surrounded by loved ones.
Charles was the devoted husband of Mary Louise “Gigi” Werner, loving father of three, Catherine Werner, Steven Werner and Lynn Marsden, née Werner, and beloved father-in-law of Tim Marsden and the late Cole Campbell. Charles was blessed with four adoring grandchildren, Caroline Marsden, James Marsden, Ava Marsden and Clarke Campbell. Charles is survived by his dear sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Joseph Losos, and his sister-in-law, Debbi Schuver (Louis Gonzalez), of California. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Emanuel and Tesse Werner, and his brother and sister-in-law, Morton and Marilyn Werner. Nothing was more important to Charles than spending time with, and ensuring the well-being of, his family, which extended to many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Charles was born on November 9, 1929, in University City, where he lived his entire life. An Eagle Scout, Charles graduated from University City High School in 1947, where he served as Class President, and was later inducted into its Hall of Fame. Charles earned an Industrial Engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1951, and a Law Degree from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1959. After qualifying to serve as a commissioned officer in the United States Army, Charles traveled around the world from his post in Okinawa, Japan. Upon returning to St. Louis, Charles married, and discovered his calling as a labor lawyer.
For six decades, Charles was highly regarded, both locally and nationally, as a successful advocate for unions and the interests of teachers, musicians, electricians and others in the field of Labor, Education and Employment Discrimination Law. A founding partner of Schuchat, Cook & Werner Law Firm, Charles deftly handled many strikes, court cases and labor arbitrations. Ethical, principled and fair-minded, he worked tirelessly to protect the rights of workers. Even amidst contentious negotiations, Charles was universally respected for his integrity, tenacity and unfailing good nature.
Dependable and loyal, Charles held key leadership positions in several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Conference on Education, and Missouri Bar Labor Law Committee. Charles was also a civic leader, serving as University City Councilman, Shaare Emeth Temple President, and New Mount Sinai Cemetery Association President. Among his many pastimes, Charles enjoyed travel, playing tennis, rooting for the Cardinals and going to the opera. His greatest joy was moments with family. With his vibrant blue eyes sparkling and an over-the-top laugh, Charles loved and was loved, truly.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, December 15 at 1:00 p.m. at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road. A Reception will follow. No visitation prior to the Memorial Service. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that tributes be sent to a charity of your choice.
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Charles Allen Werner
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December 15, 2019
Gigi, Catherine, Lynn and Steve--You all know better than anyone your father's many virtues and endearing qualities, but I just want to record mine for your memories. Charles has been a friend and a law partner to me for over 45 years. During that time, he mentored me, taught me to be a diligent and ethical lawyer and was always there to provide wise advise. He had a mind like a steel trap: he could retrieve a 30 year old needed fact or case from his unbelievably numerous files and his memory without hesitation until the day he retired. But most of all for me, he nurtured my love of the law, unions and individual workers and the need to do whatever I did well because that is who he was and how he practiced law. Charles and Jim Cook founded and governed the firm by grounding it is solid principles that put our clients first even if they could not pay the entire value of our services. Quality was always the key word for Charles which he practiced and taught to others in the firm--not making money. I will always be grateful for the lessons he taught me, for his friendship and his guidance. He will be reatly missed by his colleagues, friends and family. I am lucky to count him among my friends. With love and remembrance, Marilyn
December 15, 2019
I had hoped to attend Charles’ service but weather prevents me. I first met Charles in 1980 when I was a young attorney with the NEA Office of General Counsel. From the outset, and continuing through my years with the Illinois Education Association, I experienced a brilliant, wise and passionate union advocate, whose pragmatic approach inured to the benefit of his clients time after time. He understood, valued and nurtured the relationships which are at the core of our work. Charles was the consummate gentleman, generous with his time, always willing to help, always sincerely interested in what was going on in your life. He has a rich legacy, not only in his family and firm, but also in those like myself, who are better persons and professionals for knowing him! He will be greatly missed but always remembered.
December 12, 2019
I was honored to know Charles. He was kind and gentle, always smiling and courteous. I remember how supportive he was of my applications to become a Circuit Judge. Well respected, his peers knew they could count on his wise counsel and generous mentoring. The world is a better place because of his dedication to working people. He was one of a kind.
December 11, 2019
Dear Cath and Family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you all find support and comfort with each other and with your lovely memories.