E. Charles "Chuck" "Dank" Danko, 97, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2019 at his home. He was born September 28, 1922 in New Kensington. Chuck was raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey and has lived in Tarentum and Natrona Heights since 1946. He was a graduate of Holy Spirit High School in Atlantic City class of 1940. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. Degree in Engineering, class of 1958. Chuck served his country during WWII in the US Army Corp of Engineers for 4 years in Panama, Guam, Anguar Island and Okinawa as a Staff Sergeant, Company C 1884th Engineers Aviation Battalion. He retired from PPG Industries Works #1 in Creighton with 36 years of service, where he was Plant Master Mechanic, Engineer and Safety Director. Chuck was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights, The Tarentum Elks, Holy Family Prayer Group, V.F.W. and Riverforest Country Club. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, watching sports and in his youth was an excellent athlete. Chuck is survived by his children, Rand C. (Dee Dee) Danko, of Erie and Rory (Joseph) Marino, of Buffalo Township; grandchildren, Katy (Bill) Gangloff, Kristy (Dan) Skradski and Kelly Marino; great-grandchildren, Ava, Sara, Emma, Iyla and John Gangloff, Deegan and Cassidy Skradski and Zak and Gabe Hanlon, sister, Cathy Clark, of North Field, NJ. Chuck was preceded in death by his aunt and uncle who raised him, Edward and Bertha Erdman; his wife, Rosemary (Monschein) Danko on December 7, 2013; and by his son ,Henry Robert (Robin) Danko. We know Chuck is walking the boardwalk in Atlantic City a place he loved with his beloved wife, friends and other family members. Dank's favorite saying was "I'll always have sand in my shoes".
Friends will be received on Monday from 2-4, 6-8 p.m. in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc., 1522 Carlisle Street, Natrona Heights 724-224-8688, where a parting prayer service will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Most Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial with full military honor's accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. A Parish Vigil Service will be held in the funeral home on Monday at 2:00 p.m. To send an online condolence please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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