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Charles G. Manfroi
Charles G. Manfroi, 84 of Streator passed away Wednesday morning (August 16th) at the Flanagan Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.
Following cremation a visitation will be held Wednesday at 1PM at the Winterrowd Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held Wednesday 2 PM at the funeral home.
Charles was born on July 18, 1933 in Streator to Mario and Madeline (Sosh) Manfroi. He married Bernadine Alder on June 14, 1958. She survives.
Also surviving is a son Gregory Charles Manfroi of Springfield, sisters Carol Thompson of Streator and Mary Ellen Prather of Bloomington and several nieces and nephews.
Charles is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Noel and Norbert and a sister Marjorie Volpe.
He attended Toluca Grade School and graduated from the Toluca High School in 1951, he joined the US Navy for 4 yrs earning a commendation for outstanding service in the Naval Amphibious Training Unit in Norfolk, VA. Charles worked for Kubik TV Sales & Service, Ruckman TV Sales & Service and WIZZ Radio in Streator. He enjoyed improving the performance of television sets, and Hi-Fi amplifiers with his own modifications. He liked solving puzzles, and was an avid reader. Charles continued to educate himself through his adult life and he loved animals.
Memorials may be made to the Flanagan Rehabilitation Health & Care Center Activity Department.
Please accept the condolences of the staff and residents of Flanagan Rehab. It was our pleasure to care for Charles during this time. Charles' sense of humor will be greatly missed by all.
Flanagan Rehibilitation and Healthcare Aug 23 2017 12:00 AM
To the Family,
When I moved to Streator in 1979, I had worked part-time in radio for several years. I came to WIZZ and applied to work at the station. I had been a board operator, and had done news and sports, as well as recording concerts for other stations. Sundays, WIZZ had Frank Picker, reading poetry and playing soft music in the afternoons. The Sunday mornings were a series of church programs, etc. Charlie Manfroi was the board operator, but more than that, while the church services were on the air, Charlie was maintaining equipment, fixing things that were broken, and generally making everything work right. After Charlie and Frank left, I spent several years on the Sunday shift, sometimes afternoons and sometimes mornings. I also was there on Saturday mornings. Charlie was exceptional at his knowledge of the equipment and keeping it in good repair. After he left, we were dependent on engineers from some distance away who might only come to the station once a month or so, meaning the staff had to work around equipment in need of repair. Charlie was always congenial, and showed me a few things about electonics and the equipment we had. I will always remember him with fondness. I have moved to the Kansas City area, so I regret not being there to pay my respects to the family in person. My thoughts will be with you as you go through the adjustment to life without him.
Larry Sebby Aug 21 2017 12:00 AM
R.I.P. Uncle Charlo and thank you for your service.
Roque Volpe Aug 20 2017 12:00 AM
Rest well Charlie and all the best to your family. A flood of memories passes before me from our working together at WIZZ all those decades ago.
John Abdnour Aug 19 2017 12:00 AM