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Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service

3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC

OBITUARY

Charles S Lapsansky

July 22, 1936August 31, 2019
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Charles Stanley Lapsansky, Jr. “Ski”

Our loving Father, our provider “Our Dad”

United States Navy Retired Aviation Electronics Senior Chief passed away Saturday, August 31, 2019 in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was born on July 22, 1936 to Charles S. Lapsansky, Sr. and wife Stella of Dunmore-Scranton, PA.

He was retired from Cape Fear Community College, where he taught Electronics, molding and shaping many to successful careers. Also retired Engineer from GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, where he was very dedicated. Charles proudly served as Master Sergeant in the America Legion Post 10 Honor Guard where he conducted over 200 military funeral honors for all armed forces. He loved presenting the burial flag, representing the freedom, dignity, and true meaning of being an American to the families of our veterans, playing the emotional moving and patriotic “Taps”, and providing keepsakes he personally made for the families. He loved serving his country, military families, and his fellowmen.

He was the “Bingo Caller” every Tuesday night at the Post and enjoyed spending time with all his friends. His deeply caring attitude always displayed his bright smile. “Our Dad, my Dad, Daddy worked his entire life”, now like an eagle a symbol of hope, and strength representing salvation, soaring home above on the side of God, His Father in Heaven.

Charles was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart, first wife, Marie DeMarco Lapsansky, Mother Stella Szalkiewicz Lapsansky, Father Charles Stanley Lapsansky, Sr., Nephew Charles Sabetelle Lapsansky, loving Mother in law Eunice Willoughby Harrelson, Granddaughter Kaycee Marie Chapman, Son in laws, Allard Whyman Bryant, Jr., and Stephen D. Salas, Sister Mary Alice Sconce and all family members who have passed.

Surviving loving daughters of Charles and Marie, Genevieve M. Cooper and husband Brian D. Cooper of Bartlett, TN. Cynthia A. Salas of Wilmington, NC. Desiree’ L. Bryant of Rocky Point, NC and Cierra Blake Lapsansky of Palm Bay, FL. Five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. His surviving beloved wife of forty three years, Bonnie Harrelson Lapsansky of Wilmington, NC. And loving daughters Debra Stutts of Bolton, NC. Dianne G. Creech and husband Terry L. Creech of Bolton, NC and Janie G. Williams of Shallotte, NC. Eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, lovingly raising Shay Lynn Underwood Piver like a daughter. Loving sisters Lorraine L. Lapsansky, of Bolton, NC. Frances B. Lainey, and husband John of Plainville, CT. Delores L. Bianco of Scranton, PA. Sister in law, Betty Harrelson Gay of Wilmington, NC. Brother in law, Wiley G. Harrelson, and wife Shirley Wigner Harrelson of Angier, NC. And many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Charles attended almost every 1954 Class Reunion back home, his roots in Dunmore-Scranton PA and had many friends he loved and kept in touch with throughout his life.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Coble Ward -Smith Funeral Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church, 423 N. 23rd Street, Wilmington, NC with Dr. Donnie Lovette officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Full Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to: American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard 449 Shipyard Blvd. Wilmington, NC 28412

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 4, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Memories

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Cynthia Salas

November 18, 2019

Dad, I miss you. I’m so thankful for the time we had together. Thank you for the beautiful roses you got me for my Birthday,and taking me to lunch; at chilly.. and getting me Bonnie, cheesecake,knowing it was to much for me to eat. So I gave you half. And how you taught me to stop parking behind you, by hollering. I miss the talks on the porch. I Love you and miss you so much. Your daughter Cindy Salas. Forever in my heart. It doesn’t feel the same living here without you.

Matthew Shannon

September 7, 2019

My Papa Charlie, I wish we could have spent more time together. My whole life I can remember you u always took the time to set aside with me and show me all the cool you had and did and built. You used to let me play games on your computer, you used to always give me Big toy dump trucks etc... I remember many times where I sat on your lap and you would tell me all about how things worked, and how to do things to do as a man and teach me many things. You always did more for me and you always had extra time for me . I love you Papa Charlie.

Wanda Martin

September 5, 2019

Uncle Ski, I will always remember your kindness and love you always had for me , my husband and children and grandchildren. You always made me laugh and your cute crazy sayings like, “ it’s just tuffy wuffy” lol And so many more silly phrases . Thank you for showing us love and what a true hard working man, father and Husband you were. Thank you for loving and caring for my mom Betty your sister in law and being brave to take on the twins 😊God bless until we meet again at those pearly gates in heaven. God is Good , all the time and I’ll forever love you. One of your many nieces Wanda 🙏🏼💕

Diana Westfall

September 3, 2019

Papa... I remember you taking the time to paint all us grandkids those porcelain Easter bunnies with our names in them. And you made each of us wooden gumball machines. I'll miss you wearing Santa hats and turkey hats and walking around taking pictures of all of us during the holidays. You were the most intelligent person I've ever known. Thank you for being so good to all of us. I love you papa.

Kendra Lapsansky

September 3, 2019

God Speed Uncle. You were a light to everyone who knew you. I enjoyed spending time with you when you came up for your reunions.
Love Kendra and Bill

Shay Underwood Piver

September 3, 2019

Dear Daddy,
Thank you for all you have done for me over the years. I am so grateful that you were apart of my life, and were the Daddy to me, you didnt have to be. Your memory will live on in everything I do. For you were my hero. I will forever hold you in my heart, while Jesus holds you by the hand.
I love you Daddy,
Forever your Kookamunga
Shay

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