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Charles Genovese Obituary (1920 – 2021) – Burlington, WA

Charles Genovese Obituary (1920 – 2021) – Burlington, WA

Burlington – Charles E Genovese, 101, of Skagit County since 1956, passed away peacefully on October 23, 2021, in Burlington, Washington. Charles was born on May 12, 1920, in Chicago, Illinois. Son of Charles E Genovese and Anna Rodighier Genovese. Chuck was premature by three months and weighed just over three pounds and they did not give him much of a chance to live. Mr. Genovese was very adamant that they do all they could to save him and luckily, he made it. Chuck was joined by a brother Stuart 18 months later. He was raised and attended grade, high school and Junior College in Chicago, Illinois. Growing up in Chicago Chuck was very active playing baseball with American Legion, high school and was a member of the Wilson Jr. College baseball team that won the championship two years in a row. He played minor league baseball in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Chuck started working in 1940 an apprentice for Carnegie U.S Steel in Chicago, Illinois. In May of 1942 he married Betty Hanson. and rented a small apartment in Chicago. At that time daughter Diane was staying in Washburn, Wisconsin with Betty’s mother. On December 7, 1941, when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor Hawaii, Betty and Chuck were coming back from picking up their daughter, Diane from Washburn, Wisconsin. It wasn’t long after that Chuck registered for the draft. He could see his name would be coming up soon. Chuck decided he would rather enlist in the Navy than go into the Army. In November of 1942 he enlisted in the Navy in Chicago. At that time Betty and daughter Diane went to Northern Wisconsin to stay with her mother in the town where Betty was raised. Upon enlisting, his first stop was boot camp at the Great Lakes, Naval Training Station for about six weeks. He then was chosen to go to the Navy primary Fire-Control at Great Lakes Training Center for about four weeks. Upon completion the top three of the class were selected to go to Advance Fire Control School at the Destroyer Base in San Diego, California. He was going to be there for three months, so Betty and daughter Diane left Wisconsin and took the long train ride west and found a place to stay. Upon completion he advanced to 3rd class petty officer rating and reported for duty aboard the USS. McCord, a Fletcher Class Destroyer at Mare Island Shipyard. It was a new destroyer and he was one of the “plank” owners. A term used when you are aboard the ship when it is commissioned. Chuck participated in the shakedown cruise and further training in San Diego, California. Returned to San Francisco and was given orders for Hawaii and from there to the Pacific Theater of operations. He served 21 months of continuous sea duty and engaged in all the naval action in the Pacific. From participation in the landing of Kwajalein Atoll in Marshall Islands and taking part in all the landing in the Pacific until the destruction of the Japanese empire and their surrender. The McCord was the flag ship of the Destroyer Squadron. 47. During his time at sea Chuck advanced to the rank of 1st Class Petty Officer Fire Controlmen. The ship traveled over 275,000 miles across the wide Pacific. We lived through two typhoons with winds up to 150 knots. The Navy lost four destroyers in Halsey’s task force. In July of 1945, we returned to the Navy Yard in Bremerton, Washington for a ship overhaul and to get ready for the invasion of Japan in September. With Japan’s surrender in August, he was discharged in October 1945 at San Pedro, California. Chuck hitch hiked to Bellingham, Washington where his wife was living. It was difficult to find a job in Bellingham to follow his electrical experience from before the war at U.S. Steel in Chicago. He found employment at a small shipyard in Bellingham where they were converting a troop transport to a refrigerated fish processing ship that would be in the central Pacific. His job was to use a pneumatic wire-brush to remove the old paint and rust on the bulkheads. It was a very tiring job after not being used to physical labor while in the Navy. As the job was ending, Chuck started looking around for another job in Bellingham, Washington. He finally approached the owner of an automotive electric shop who rewound armatures for generators on cars and rewound small fractional horsepower electric motors used for a variety of refrigerators, pumps, washing machines, etc. The manufacturer had not made replacement motors during the war and we were very busy repairing that type of equipment. The owner of the shop took advantage of the G.I. bill that he would pay for half his salary and the government paid the other half. At the time he was making $1.00/hr. It was tough sledding with a wife and two young girls to support. While working there Chuck met Carl Jepsen who was laid off. Due to the decline in business as the new manufactured motors and armatures became available on the market. Chuck’s good friend Carl Jepsen went to work for Puget Sound Power and Light. Chuck realized there was no future in the small repair shop and he informed him there was a chance, that Puget Power was going to hire helpers on the Substation Crew in Bellingham, Washington. Chuck was hired by Puget Power & Light, September 22, 1949, as a Wireman’s helper and in 1952 was promoted to Journeyman. In 1956 he was awarded the job as Wireman Foreman in Burlington, Washington. His job entailed building and maintaining all the substations in Skagit and Island Counties In 1979 Chuck and Betty were divorced They had been married 39 years. On September 19, 1980, Chuck and Marilyn Ann Jensen were married. In 1982, they bought a condo on the Skagit Golf and Country Club. Chuck loved golf and enjoyed his membership. In 1985 Chuck retired from Puget Sound Power and Light after 35 plus years. Marilyn also retired so they could spend time together. Chuck was an ardent golfer and a member of Skagit Golf & Country Club. He had shot his age every year since his 75th birthday. As a member of the Skagit Golf and Country Club, he served on Board of Directors as Secretary on the board of the men’s club. Chuck served as the first President of the Aldercrest Condominium Association for five years. He then took on the job as Treasurer for twenty years. Chuck had many interests in digital photography and playing golf with many friends at Skagit Golf and Country Club. He also enjoyed woodworking, making furniture and later in life took up crafting glass bead necklaces and giving them all away. They embrace some 300 necks. He loved working and helping others with their computer problems. Played both party bridge and duplicate and enjoyed the challenge of the fascinating game. He loved working with his computer and his many friends online. Chuck and Marilyn belonged to the golf group they named WPA (we putt around) and enjoyed the companionship of the group. They were members of the group for 17 years. Chuck and Marilyn had a wonderful life together, they both loved sports and at one time had tickets to the Huskies, Seahawks and took in many games of the Mariners. They owned a timeshare that enabled them to visit some 25 sites and they went to at least 15 of them over the years. Their favorite was Palm Springs, California. They loved the city and all the places to visit in the area. Marilyn and Chuck played golf at the club and she made a hole in one, something Chuck never accomplished after a lifetime of playing. He never lived that one down, Marilyn would ask, “Did you ever have a “hole-in one”? Chuck is survived by his wonderful daughters Charlene Smith, son-in-law Karl Smith of Salem, Oregon and daughter Diane Thomas of Newark, Delaware. Stepson Arthur & daughter-in- law, Vickie Jensen. Stepson, Randy and daughter-in-law Cathy Jensen. Granddaughters, Lisa Smith and Laura Smith. Granddaughter, Kristie Hainer and grandson Greg Hainer. Step- granddaughter Angela Kelly, step grandsons Jason Jensen, Christopher Jensen. He was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn Ann Genovese, his parents, his brother Stuart Genovese, and son Gregory John Genovese. No services will be held at this time. Charles will be laid to rest at Hawthorne Memorial Park in Mount Vernon, WA. Please visit www.hawthornefh.com to share your thoughts and memories and sign the online gest register. Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, WA.

Published by Skagit Valley Herald from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2021.

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