OBITUARY

Charles Bernard Kanaszka Sr.

January 5, 1927April 24, 2021

Charles Bernard Kanaszka Sr., age 94, of Tampa, Florida passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Born in Dickson City, PA., he lived in Perry, Ohio before moving to Florida in '59 at Ft. Myers Beach, then Neptune Beach, before settling in Tampa in 1964. He was a US Navy Veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He retired in 1985 from Blue Cross Blue Shield as a union representative.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 74 years, Theresa Kuchinski Kanaszka and father of 6, Barbara, Charles Jr., Thomas, Paul, Deborah, and David, grandfather of 14, and great grandfather of 20 which are scattered from Hawaii to New York, Texas, North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia and Florida.

He was predeceased by his parents, Bronislaw Kanaszka and Apolonia Wasilewski, a brother Anthony and a sister, Stasia Niemotka.

A devout Catholic, he actively participated in all his parishes - clearing brush in Ascension Church where he learned the hard way about poison ivy. Ran the church Bingo in St. Paul's and was a founding member of the Knights of Columbus council 8612 at Incarnation here in Tampa and a member of assembly 2984. He was a honorary lifetime member for 58 years. He was the first in being commissioned as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. As the patriarch of the Kanaszka clan, he was determined to carry on family traditions over the holidays. The pierogi for the Christmas wigilia had to be made just right-not too small and stuffed with enough cheese filling so as not to burst open when cooked. He even raised ducks at one time to have czarnina, much to the children's dismay. He especially enjoyed playing pinochle with his wife, and the player piano with everyone gathered around and doing our version of Karaoke.

A visitation for Charles will be held Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Blount and Curry Funeral Home Oldsmar West Hillsborough Chapel. A funeral service will occur Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 10:30 AM at Incarnation Catholic Church, 5124 Gateway Dr., Tampa, FL 33615. Burial will occur at Garden Of Memories, 4207 E LAKE AVE, TAMPA, Florida 33610.

In lieu of flowers please feel free to donate to Incarnation Catholic Church in Tampa.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

Memories

Charles Bernard Kanaszka Sr.

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Rebecca Rayburg

May 4, 2021

It was always a happy time visiting you and Grandma, playing cards and having family meals. You'll be missed. God bless.

Theresa Estebanez

May 2, 2021

I remember when I was a kid I loved going to Grandma & Grandpa's because they had a pool and the fun we had on the pinball machine. You will be missed Grandpa! Love you

Casey & Rose Rayburg

April 29, 2021

Grandpa K,
You will be missed by all (especially Classy). You were always her favorite (maybe the Christmas cookies helped). We always enjoyed visiting, playing cards and your Polish sense of humor! :-) Thank you for passing along all of the family traditions.

~Casey, Rose, Classy & Chopper

Ben, Carmen, Katie, and Lauren Rayburg

April 29, 2021

We will miss you Grandpa! You were an amazing man, leading and serving your family and community. We are so glad Katie and Lauren got to meet you a couple years ago. You and Grandma will always be remembered as “The Greats!” Until we meet again, blessings and Aloha from the Rayburg Ohana (Family in Hawaiian).

Charles Kanaszka III

April 29, 2021

Miss you, Grandpa.

Dave Kanaszka

April 29, 2021

Dad we love you and miss you already. One day we will all be together again.

Diana Folino

April 29, 2021

Grandpa, you were loved by so many. For all the years and happy memories we spent with you and Grandma, I am very thankful. Thankful to have been able to know you as a child and through my adulthood. You will be missed.
All our love always.
Diana and Jason

Paul Kanaszka

April 28, 2021

Thank you for who you were and all you did. Wonderful husband to my mother. Father to me and my siblings. You helped make all of us what we are today. You will be missed greatly but we know you are at peace and in a much more wonderful place. Enjoy the fruits of your labors and the rest and peace you deserve. With all my love.

Barbara and Bill RAYBURG

April 28, 2021

A life full of memories to be remembered. Take care. Love you.

Charles and Darlene Kanaszka, Jr

April 28, 2021

A loving father and very special man. Dad, we love you so much. May you rest peacefully for eternity. May God watch over you.

FROM THE FAMILY