September 20, 1923 – June 3, 2020
Vladimir “Bill” Charlap, proud World War II Navy veteran, last living in Chestnut Ridge, NY, was received into Christ’s loving arms today, June 3, 2020. He leaves behind Jean, his wife of 70 beautiful years; his daughters Claudia Gerbino and husband Dennis of Middletown NY; Melanie Fedak and husband Timothy of Westminster MD. He was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Valentina, who was married to Joel Evans of Newburgh NY. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Kathy Wentz, Christine Della Donna, and Nick and Matt Warholak, along with five great-grandchildren . Bill was attached to Flight Airwing 7 as a US Navy Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class, and served at Dunkeswell, England among other stations. He was also a former chaplain with the VFW Post 12148 in Ramsey, NJ. He was a faithful parishioner of St John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Spring Valley, NY. For many years he played the prima domra in the NY Balalaika Orchestra, the Troika Balalaika Orchestra, and in the BDAA. His love of the Russian folk culture was instilled in his family. What is most wonderful is that he exemplified putting God and family first; always lending a hand to those in need. He was the role model of hard working and honest living. He taught his values to his family through working in the garden and orchard, building and fixing things with his own hands, playing musical instruments, dancing, singing, and being creative. He adored his family, but his greatest love was his wife, Jean.
A private family funeral will be held on June 5, 2020. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a worthy cause of your choosing. As dad always did, help those in need.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
June 9, 2020
To Jean and the Charlap Family, We did not meet Mels Dad in person but we knew about Vladimir through the wonderful stories Mel shared about her Dad. We met Mel & Tim @ St.James Orthodox Church in Md. Our prayers are with you and the Family. Memory Eternal
June 7, 2020
My best memories of Bill are the times we spent at coffee hour at St. John's Church. He always had a smile and a joke to tell. I will always appreciate his help on the parish council. May his Memory be Eternal.
Susan Fornazor Dugan
June 7, 2020
Memory Eternal to a special man! There is quite the concert up in heaven as Bill was greeted by his loved ones and his musical and spiritual family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you bid farewell to your dad. God bless you all!
June 7, 2020
I had the honor of meeting this remarkable man when he visited his daughter in Maryland. Although I never really got to know him I could look into the eyes of his daughter Mel and gage how really unique and loving he was. My prayers are with the entire family. May your beautiful memories of a man so loved help to ease your pain during this difficult time.
June 4, 2020
Dad Charlap, what a guy... a kind, generous man and a second father. I was blessed to be married to his oldest daughter, Valentina, an angel of a lady.
Bill was such a loving, dependable husband, father and friend. I can still hear him welcoming us in and saying "well, how about a little something". He loved having the family and friends gathered together and knew how to make everyone feel welcomed. A great conversationalist and raconteur, and a man who certainly knew how to carve a turkey!
He was smart, funny, thoughtful, and affectionate... an incredible example of what a good man should be in this world. I celebrate his life and rejoice that he's now safely in the heavenly realm "where sighing and sorrow are no more".
Tony Della Donna
June 4, 2020
My heart and prayers go out to the Charlap family.
I remember one of the first time I met Bill, we had several shots together at the dining room table - a "manly" thing to do.
I also remember going to Lake George for a balalaika convention, and he helped teach me how to play the instrument. I was inept; he was very, very good.