WARREN - Charles S. Majorich, 93, of Warren, passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 15, 1920, in Warren, the son of Michael Madzarac and Darinka Stella Najdasan.
When he was 2 years old, his mother married Sam Simo Japuncha. At 10 years of age, his mother passed away. His stepfather married Angeline Orawiec, and he became a "big" brother to their four children.
Charles graduated from OSU in 1947 as a certified registered pharmacist. He was employed by the Gray Drug Stores for 20 years.
Charles was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in World War II in the Medical Corps 77th Field Hospital.
While in the Army, he attended Clark University in Worchester, Mass., where he studied the Greek language for six months. Charles also attended Birmingham University in Birmingham, England, where he took science courses. By the time he was discharged in 1946, he was speaking three languages fluently.
Upon retiring, he enjoyed traveling to Florida to visit his sister, and taking his grandsons on trips to Washington, D.C., and many Civil War sites.
He was an avid computer "geek" and loved emailing with his many friends and family. He loved photography and always had his camera ready.
Charles took Italian lessons at 78. He felt you were never too old to learn.
Charles had many friends at the St. Joseph Hospital Rehab Center. He also loved his dogs, Fred, Ginger and Kita, and it broke his heart when they passed away.
Memories of Charles will be carried on by his daughters, Sonja L. (Patrick) Damon of Spanish Fork, Utah, Karyn A. (Charles) Clise Sr. of Diamond and Cheryl L. DeCavitch of Warren, with whom he made his home; stepsister, Marie Pozega of Warren; stepbrother, Samuel (Bobbie) Japuncha of Cortland; and his two stepsisters-in-law, Mary Japuncha and Jean Japuncha and their extended families. He also leaves six grandchildren, John (Kristie) Damon of Spanish Fork, Melissa (Andrew Swainey) Clise of Diamond, Sgt. Maj. Charles (Leigh) Clise Jr. of Okinawa, Japan, Cynthia (Shawn) Martin of Lake Milton, Jeremy (Cindy) McKibben of Kenai, Alaska, and David (Mary) DeCavitch Jr. of Jupiter, Fla. Also surviving are 11 great-grandchildren, Conner and Alison Damon of Spanish Fork, Charleston and Keagan Clise of Okinawa, Japan, Logan, Owen and Braeden Martin of Lake Milton, Kaden and Kai McKibben of Kenai and Samuel and Emily DeCavitch of Jupiter. All of them loved him very much.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dorothy Terry; two stepbrothers, George and Nick Japuncha; grandson, Lonnie Damon; and great-grandsons, Joshua and Noah DeCavitch.
Services will be held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, where the Rev. Jonathan Cholcher will officiate. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Belmont Park Cemetery, Youngstown, where military honors will take place.
The family requests that material contributions be made to the Animal Welfare League, 545 Brunstetter Road, Warren, OH 44481, or Salvation Army, 270 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, OH 44483, in his memory.
The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to Dr. Frank Vargo for all the wonderful care he gave him through the years and for also being a dear friend.
Friends and family may send condolences at www.carlwhall.com.