OBITUARY

Charles Vercil Greenman

June 20, 1933December 17, 2018

Charles Vercil Greenman, 85, of Traverse City, MI died on December 17, 2018. Charles was born in Banks Twp, MI on June 20, 1933 to Charles and Dorothy (Metzger) Greenman. Charles graduated from TC Central High School in 1951, and then went on to attend Michigan State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. Following that, he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania where he received his Master’s Degree in electrical engineering. On May 15, 1954 in Traverse City, MI., he married the former Carolyn Stocking, and they made their home in Willingboro, New Jersey. He also enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving four years, and attended college on the GI Bill. Charles was employed by RCA, which later became G.E. for 35 years. During that time, he assisted in doing government contracts. He was also very active playing the organ for the Corpus Christi Catholic Church for over 30 years. He retired when he was 61, and together with his wife, they moved back to Traverse City. Charles enjoyed spending time at the lake, swimming, and was also very active singing in the senior choir, playing the clarinet in the Second Time Arounders Marching Band, and simply spending his time with his family often entertaining them by playing the piano. He was a man who lived by routine, and was very proud to provide for his family. Charles is survived by his wife Carolyn, children; Kristine (Joseph) Cantone, Thomas (Sheri Watkins), Brian (Cecile), Kathryn Feeney, Timothy (Tina), Bruce (Janet), Patrick (Alicia), and Karen (Tony) Pellegrino. He is also survived by 24 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, his mother Dorothy Greenman, brother Earl “Chum” Greenman, and sister Winnie (Stewart) Strong. Charles is preceded in death by his father; Earl, and brother; Jim Greenman. In lieu of flowers and in honor of Charles, a donation may be made to Alzheimer’s Association. Visitation will be held at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City, MI on Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 4 to 8 pm, and also on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of funeral service at 2:00 pm. Deacon Rene Hoenscheid officiating. Interment of his cremated remains will take place at a later date with Military Honors given. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Covell Funeral Home Traverse City.

  • DONATIONS

  • Alzheimer's Association

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, December 20, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 21, 2018
REMEMBERING

Charles Vercil Greenman

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Debbie Guttenberger

December 19, 2018

Karen/Tony: My Deepest Sympathy to you and the family. Please know you are in my prayers for healing, peace, and comfort. Debbie

Vicki Williams

December 19, 2018

Penn was such a kind and caring man. I have many fond memories of you all during your visits to the lake. It occurred to me that traveling and vacationing with 8 children could not have been easy at times, but I don't think I ever saw him frustrated or angry. I know that no matter where you are, he will always be watching over you. I wish I could be with you tomorrow and Friday, but we are in Florida for the winter. Just know that I'll be thinking of you all and sending my prayers and love. God Bless!

FROM THE FAMILY