Lambertville: Charles E. Garefino, Sr., 87

Lambertville: Charles E. Garefino, Sr., 87 died suddenly at St. Mary Medical Center on October 29, 2015. 


Born in Stockton, Charlie lived most of his adult life in Lambertville and then in New Hope, Pa. for the past 20 years. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church and its Knights of Columbus. Charlie served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a radio operator and was a member of the Toscanni American Legion Post # 120. 


Charlie was a self employed carpenter and cabinet maker for many years and his meticulous cabinet work is evident in many homes in the Lambertville-New Hope area. After being self employed he joined the Princeton Carpenter’s Union # 721 and retired from the Union in 1990. An outstanding high school athlete, Charlie became an avid golfer in his retirement and enjoyed fishing and was a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies. 


Son of the late Clementi and Madeline Garefino, Charlie was one of thirteen children. Widower of Marian Edwards Garefino, he is survived by one daughter Kay Mowatt and her husband Christopher, one son Charlie Garefino, Jr. and his wife Jeanne Stockwell, and two sisters, Josephine “Chicky” Weiss and Gloria Garefino. Charlie was blessed with seven granddaughters, Sarah Sherman and her husband Paul, Katie Patterson and her husband Masa, Ashley Mowatt, Jessica Tansey and her husband Colin, Conny, Amanda and Elise Garefino; and five great grandchildren, Hannah, Emma, Mia, Ella, Jude and several nieces and nephews. Charlie is survived by his devoted companion Lois Carbone and her extended family. 


Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, Bridge St. Lambertville, NJ. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the Garefino Funeral Home, 12 N. Franklin St. Lambertville, NJ. 


In memory of his late wife Marian, memorial contributions may be made to The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road – Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002, or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.