Charles “Chuck” Joseph Holzwarth was born August 26, 1951, in Pittsburgh, PA and died January 30, 2018, in New York, at the age of 66. Chuck, ever the fighter, after surgery for lung collapse had been hopeful and feeling somewhat better, but in much pain. Two and a half weeks in hospital he was transferred to a Rehab for continued recovery from the surgery and was there for two and a half weeks and was not getting better. Chuck had been accepted into Columbia Medical Center in NYC to be evaluated for a lung transplant and was waiting for a bed to become available at the Transplant Center. Suddenly and unexpectedly to his family, Chuck succumbed to complications of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Chuck lived in the Richmond and Northern Virginia areas for the last 25 years before recently moving to North Central PA in 2017. In his late teens, Chuck worked as a railroad worker pounding railroad spikes, then working in the shipyards as a welder. Chuck loved to ride motorcycles in his younger days and even built one from scratch putting Harley Davidson motor and other parts into a frame he made. Chuck decided he wanted to get an education and a better, safer job by going back to school were he earned AS degrees in Electronic and Biomedical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1979. Chuck wrote a book working a full-time job and earning his education, “A View From The Bottom”, featured on Amazon. After earning the degrees from Penn State, Chuck worked at Bell Labs in Naperville, IL from 1979 - 1984 and continued his education at American University earning a BS Computer Science in 1989. Chuck was in the Honors Program in both Universities and enjoyed debating with his professors on Economics and Statistics. Eventually Chuck changed jobs to a telecom company in VA where he continued his education earning a Master's Degree in Computer Science from George Mason University in 1999. Chuck worked in the computer science field for the last 40-plus years, working most recently as a Configuration Manager for a major health information technology company in the Richmond, VA area. Chuck was a brilliant software engineer, loved his pets dearly, enjoyed traveling, and thrived at fixing or building anything. Chuck is survived by his lovely wife of 32 years, Betty Holzwarth of Central PA; stepsons, Richard and Robert Kendall; step-grandchildren, Emily, Tyler, Shane, Leela, Chuck's mother Julianna Holzwarth; and nine siblings, Terence, Edward, Kathleen, Thomas, Margaret, Judith, Jeanette, James, and Annette. His father, Charles Holzwarth, of Pittsburgh, PA preceded Chuck in death. Memorial services will be held at a later time by invitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rowdy Girl Sanctuary at 9667 W. Hwy. 35, Angleton, Texas 77515.
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PostedFebruary 18, 2018