Charles O. “Charlie” Nawratil

Charles O. “Charlie” Nawratil

MONONA-Charles “Charlie” O. Nawratil, age 92, of Monona, died peacefully at Meriter Hospital on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, following a brief illness. He was born on June 22, 1920, in Chicago, the son of Charles and Mary (Marie Michel) Nawratil. On Sept. 11, 1943, he married the love of his life, Bernice Kretchen, and the couple was blessed with two sons prior to moving from Chicago to Monona in 1954. For eleven years, Charlie managed the Richman Brothers clothing store on the Square in downtown Madison. In 1965, he accepted a position as patients’ accounts manager for Madison General Hospital and continued his employment there until he retired. Not content with retirement, he contracted his services back to the new Meriter Hospital and continued working for several more years. Charlie enjoyed boating and fishing and served a term as the Commodore of the Four Lakes Yacht Club. He and his wife enjoyed a group of life time friends with whom they regularly partied and traveled. Charlie was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monona and was active in the Knights of Columbus for a time. He was also a member of the Elks for a brief time. Charlie was a real people person with a fantastic sense of humor and was still making people laugh on the day he passed away.

He is survived by his sons, Richard (Martha) of Monona and Donald (Victoria) of Cambridge; niece, Barb (Les) Gall; nephew, Carl (Ann) Donis; and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 67 years, Bernice on Nov. 26, 2011; and his adopted sister, Eda Donis.

Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, with Father Bart Timmerman presiding. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Monday. Memorials may be made to Meriter Foundation, 202 S. Park Street Madison, WI 53715, or a charity of donor’s choice.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Heritage Assisted Living in Monona for their care and kindness to Charlie while he resided there. Thanks also to the care staff at Meriter and to Cara Roisum and Elaine Schenk of Heartland Hospice for their bereavement support. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Memorials:
Memorials may be made to Meriter Foundation, 202 S. Park Street Madison, WI 53715, or a charity of donor’s choice.

Visitation:
Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Monday.

Service:
Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, with Father Bart Timmerman presiding.

Cemetery:
Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park.

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