Charles J Volpe

Born: Tue., Jan. 8, 1924
Died: Sat., Feb. 6, 2021


Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Fri., Feb. 12, 2021
Location: Ss. Philip & St. James Catholic Church


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Charles (Sebastino) Joseph Volpe, 97, affectionally known as Charlie, formerly of Phillipsburg, N.J., passed away peacefully at JFK Hartwyck at Cedarbrook in Plainfield, N.J.  on February 6, 2021 where he was in the care of Hackensack Meridian Health Haven Hospice.

Born at his home in Phillipsburg January 8, 1924, he was the son of the late Joseph and Rose (LaVecchio) Volpe.

Charlie graduated from Phillipsburg High school in 1942 and lived in town with his family until 2018.  He and his late wife, “Katie” could be seen at every home and away P’burg football game and wrestling match until 2016.

He enrolled as a member of the United States Maritime Service with the grade of Seaman Second Class in New York, N.Y. on February 13, 1943.  Charlie proudly served his country until his retirement on September 4, 1945.

He was a member of St. Philip and St. James Roman Catholic Church in Phillipsburg.

Charlie retired as a supervisor from Elizabethtown Gas Company, New Village, N.J. in 1986 after a lifelong career.  Upon his retirement he could be found almost daily at Oak Hill Golf Course in Milford, N.J. playing a friendly round with his buddies. 

Having always been very civic-minded, Charlie was honored by the Warren County Board of Chose Freeholders as the 2001 Outstanding Senior Citizen.  He was cited as “a champion of many innovations and initiatives in Warren County which benefited citizens of all ages”.  He was involved in the Blue Light emergency response program, the RSVP reading program, and served on the Office of Aging Advisory Council, Tri-County and Quad Legislative Committees, where he served as a delegate to the statewide planning committee.

Charlie was a founding member and legislative chairman of the Philipsburg Chapter of American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

Charlie served on the board of the Phillipsburg Senior Center for many years, in addition to being an active community servant on the Phillipsburg Town Council and the Phillipsburg School Board.

His wife, the former Catherine Talotta died October 16, 2018.

Surviving are a daughter, Marianne and her husband, Charles Decker, Jr. of South Plainfield, N.J. and a daughter Charlotte Rose Mertz and her daughter Autumn and son Ryan. He loved spending time with his two grandsons, Charles III (Joanna DeLauro) of Fanwood, N.J. and Cody John of Georgetown, DE.  Charlie was pre-deceased by his three sisters, Catherine Reilly, Mary Yarsinsky and Josephine Wilson.  We will miss you “Pop Volpe” and always carry your memory in our hearts.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 in St. Philip and St. James Roman Catholic Church's Mercy Hall, 430 South Main St, Phillipsburg, N.J. Burial will be in the parish cemetery in Greenwich Township, N.J.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Noto-Wynkoop Funeral Home, 289 South Main St, Phillipsburg, NJ.  www.noto-wynkoop.com.

Any tributes in Charlie’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association https://alzfdn.org

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Veronica Abato
   Posted Mon February 08, 2021
Uncle Charlie, the happiest person, always a smile and kind word to say. Our many decades of reunions , music, food, neurotic Italian women cooking and talking about life. The evening light glowed and the eating continued.
Being a kid and growing up hearing the stories of Summers in Philipsburg , made us keep the tradition and the live.
I love to visit my grown children who have their babies eating the pasta while Uncle Frankie is crooning and the wine is poured. You and your parents and siblings gave us this gift. Grandma Reilly is close to my heart each evening with my chamomile tea You were a beautiful soul. Hug Grandma for me as she still sees me cry. You and Aunt Kay, made a wonderful daughter. She gave you grandsons and I know the joy they gave you. My little girls will know about you. Riley, Oliviana Rose-Adele and Vivia Serefina. God bless you. One day , we shall gather again. Veronica 🌹