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Joseph Gawler’s Sons, LLC

5130 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

OBITUARY

Charles Zachary Serpan Jr.

July 12, 1934July 2, 2019
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On July 2, 2019 in Bethesda, MD. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary P. Serpan of 32 years. Loving father to Wendy L. Soroka (Steve) and David B. Serpan (Felicia), and grandfather to Lauren and Lilly. Charles worked as a Metallurgist Engineer for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Relatives and friends are invited to call at Joseph Gawler’s Sons 5130 Wisconsin Ave NW from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM on Saturday July 6, 2019

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 6, 2019

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Charles Zachary Serpan Jr.

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Cecily and Jeff Beard

July 20, 2019

You are in our thoughts, Wendy and family. We enjoyed Chuck’s company (and cooking skills) through mutual friends Shari and Gene Bosler when we all lived in Vienna. I have memories of a scrumptious feast Chuck prepared as a farewell for them, and we were graciously included. Subsequently, I signed on for his Polly updates (I shared some activities with her in Vienna) and smiled as I enjoyed his descriptions of travel, food, friends, and music. I understand how he will leave a large space where his presence used to delight and entertain. Sending you hugs.

Günther Bartholomé

July 13, 2019

Dear Wendy ,Steve, David, Felicia, Lauren, Lilly and family,
We want to express our sincere condolescences for the passing of your beloved father,grandfather, father-in-law brother and our oldest and best friend Chuck. We will miss him and our thoughts will always be with him in our life.
Annegret and Günther Bartholomé
(Spardorf-Nürnberg, Germany)
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To Chuck
From Your friends Annegret and Günther Bartholomé in Spardorf (Nürnberg, Germany)
During a businesstrip to NRC,Washington, in March 1970 I got acquainted with You,dear Chuck.
Since that time we met many times in the States, Washington and all over the world, and became very good friends.
In 1985 Annegret and I got married and You came over to serve as our groomsman.
„Tante“ Polly and You, „Onkel“ Chuck, visited us almost every year for some days, beloved by our children (not only for the annual Christmas cookies and fruit cake,….).
We had unforgetable sightseeingtours, feasts with You ,“Onkel“ Chuck and „Tante“ Polly, often together with a lot of our family, friends and neighbors.
We will miss You and our thoughts will always be with You in our life.
Thank You for Your long friendship.
Good Bye
Annegret and Günther



Some photos with Chuck in Germany
--1985, 22th November: Spardorf : Marriage Annegret and Günther
--1985, 22th November: Spardorf : Bride Annegret with witness Chuck and Sigrun,
behind our children Kuki with my tuba and Réto

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--2013 Weimar: Goethe, Schiller
Chuck with Annegret and Günther

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--2013 Spardorf: Swiss National Day First of August
Chuck’s tribute to Switzerland

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Nancy Sharpe

July 9, 2019

When Chuck and Polly wanted to get back to their Serpan family roots, they came to Omaha, Nebraska and stayed at Sokol Camp with Al and Nancy Sharpe. We have fond memories of Czech dinners at the Bohemian Cafe and visits to the Bohemian Cemetary where his Serpan grandparents and great grandparents are buried. Al and Nan visited the Serpans in Bethesda and at their cabin on Chesapeake Bay. He was a marvelous cook. He taught us to make Ptaky (steak birds) and sent homemade cookies at Christmas time. We will miss his fall visit which was planned for September. He was bringing copies of Roger Sharpe’s “Recipes of A Czech American Family” with him. NazDar!
Linda Sharpe Shreve for Nancy Sharpe

Nancy Sharpe

July 8, 2019

When Chuck and Polly wanted to get back to his Serpan family roots, they came to Omaha, Nebraska and stayed at Sokol Camp with Al and Nan Sharpe. We have fond memories of Czech dinners at the Bohemian Cafe and visits to the Bohemian Cemetery where Chucks Serpan grandparents and great grandparents are buried. Al and Nan visited the Serpans in Bethesda and at their cabin on Chesapeake Bay. Chuck was a marvelous cook. He taught us to make Ptaky (Czech birds) and sent homemade cookies at Christmas time. We will miss his fall visit this year which was planned for September. He was bringing copies of Roger Sharpe’s “Recipes of A Czech American Family” with him. Naz Dar !
Linda Sharpe Shreve for Nancy Sharpe

Erma (Breazeale) Williams

July 6, 2019

Did not know Mr. Serpan personally. But what I do know is how truly special he was to Mrs. Serpan. When they got married, I was at Woodward. The following year began a lifelong family friendship with her. Everytime we saw each other, her eyes would light up talking about her beloved. She loved her man. She adored her man. Couldn't wait to travel overseas when the time was right with her man. He made her life awesome. I can only imagine what it must be like for the family. I only knew him through Mrs. Serpan. You all know him personally. How incredible. What a legacy. What a memory. As I told my sister and some classmates just now, the hallelujah chorus just got a little better. Can't wait to join them in THAT chorus, if they'll have me.

Humbly grateful for ALL the lessons,
-Erma (Breazeale) Williams

Brenda Shafer

July 6, 2019

A way of life has ended for those of us who first met Chuck 40 years ago this month on a trip to East Germany to perform in a Handel Festival. From that experience together and as members of the Maryland Chorus, our lives became intertwined over the years and we soon became a “family”, sharing every aspect of our lives along with our beloved Polly. He was a smart, kind, caring, fun-loving man who taught us to grab every
opportunity to discover what the world had to offer ......good food , beautiful sights, interesting people, wonderful concerts, and more food. But most of all he shared with us his love of choral music, music that replenishes the soul. Christmas season will be “quieter “ without the annual concert and gourmet dinner at the Cabin. I will miss every celebration and tradition he shared with us. As the last line of Mahler’s “Resurrection Symphony” states,
“ The Wings You Have Won Will Carry
You To God”
Rest In Peace, dear friend.

Lisa Romano

July 5, 2019

Dear Chuck,
Today, when all the church bells sounded at Noon in Salzburg, I thought of you and smiled. We selfishly want you here and know there will be a empty space in our lives. You graciously showed us your favorite places, shared your stories, cooking, your home away from home, and your sharp witted voice of knowledge (and was a voice!). There's a candle burning in the Dom for you, and as we sing the Mozart Mass, I will lift my voice to you and Polly. Much love and hugs, Lisa

Jeanne Kavinski

July 5, 2019

I enjoyed seeing Chuck during breaks of the National Philharmonic Chorale rehearsals. It was my first year with the chorale. I will miss his smile and visits during our breaks. He loved his music!

Ronald Frezzo

July 5, 2019

I sang with Chuck at the National Philharmonic for the past two years and also at Ingleside. We had wonderful repartee with him calling me "professor" and reminding me to "be on time"! He was a terrific, fun, guy with a great voice for a man of 86 (i thought he was closer to my 73). Although only I knew him a relatively short time I enjoyed being with him, and also loved his wife Polly Serpan, a fellow MCPS Music Teacher.

Jane E. Brown

July 5, 2019

I met Chuck when he joined the renowned University of Maryland Chorus in 1975, and from there a warm, lifelong friendship evolved. His erudition, wit, musical skills and joie de vivre will be greatly missed by his cherished family, many friends and fellow musicians. While we are shocked and saddened by his sudden departure, we can take comfort that he is joined once again with his beloved Polly. Sincere condolences to Wendy, David, Lauren and Lilly, and may he rest in blissful and eternal peace.

With Love and Fond Remembrance,
Jane E. Brown
Basking Ridge, NJ
July 5, 2019

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