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Charles F. "Charlie" Manocchio
September 12, 1937 ~ October 8, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Charlie Manocchio, age 86, our beloved husband, father, Nonno, Uncle C, brother-in-law and Darling, peacefully completed his final casino shuffle to Heaven on October 8, 2023.
Charlie loved and cherished his family. Born in 1937, he was preceded in death by parents, Frank and Anna, and brother, John. He is survived by his wife, Vicki, daughter Angela (Tom) JoDon, son Charlie (Katie), grandchildren Matthew (Kristen), Shannon and Joseph, brothers-in-law Jeff (Lori) and Phil, and sister-in-law Sherri. He leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.
Charlie led a full and colorful life. In fact, many say he had more than 9 lives! He survived and recovered from so many obstacles and illnesses, his family lovingly called him "La Cucaracha."
He loved traveling abroad. A highlight was visiting the home his grandfather was born in Benevento, Italy, meeting relatives who looked a lot like him. He enjoyed road trips throughout the country, especially if a casino was included in the itinerary. Traveling to Monterey Bay to attend his nephew Frank's annual pig roast was a trip he never missed. His idea of a perfect summer day was at his son’s home on Portage Lakes soaking in the pool, lazing on the shaded deck, and going on a pontoon boat ride.
His home was his castle. He held court at Sunday family dinners, barbecues, and holiday gatherings, seated in his "spot" at the head of the table. He often bragged about the thousands of pounds of Italian sausage he cooked on his 40-year old charcoal grill. Pizzelle making, Christmas tree searches, chili parties, and Christmas Eve dinners are just a few fond holiday memories. With his passing, we are even more inspired to continue the family traditions he instilled in us.
A special thanks to Charlie's Angels and caregivers, Patti and Tina, who provided him excellent loving care and pampering. Thank you, Larry, too, for enabling Charlie to get on the road again!
Charlie was a great storyteller and made an impression on everyone he met. He was a true legend who fought the fight, had enormous religious faith, and a relentless positive will to live against all odds. With his good luck, we are certain he will beat the odds in blackjack heaven. As he often bellowed in his unforgettable voice:
“Let the Games Begin!"
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anthony of Padua Church in Akron or the Carovillese Club.
Calling hours will take place on Friday, October 13 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 83 Mosser Place, Akron, Ohio, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held immediately following at 11:00 a.m.