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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On October 18, 2013 @ 3:36 pm In Obituary | 5 Comments


Charles Wilson Farrell, 86, died 16 October 2013 in Issaquah, Washington following a short illness.  He was born on 9 January 1927 in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Charles Richard Farrell and Rose Grace Tuttle. Charlie was an outgoing, cheerful,  hardworking businessman and loving father and husband. The keystone of his life was his Catholic faith. Charlie graduated from grade school in San Antonio and high school in Hammond, Indiana. He served in the US Navy from 1945-1946. He graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana and received his MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He taught business courses both at St. Joseph’s College and at Loyola. He met his wife, Loretta Leinen, at the Newman Center at the University of Chicago. They married on 19 August 1950 in Chicago.  He joined General Motors in personnel management in 1952 and during his career they lived in Flint, Livonia, Birmingham and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Rye, New York. He retired from GM in 1982 and they moved to San Antonio, Texas where he started Aussie Pools, a business he ran for many years. They moved to Phoenix in 1992, where his wife Loretta died in March 2010 after 59 years of marriage. Charles married Marion Smith of Phoenix on 22 September 2012. She survives him. He is also survived by his nine children: Joan Byrne of Seattle; Sheila Volweider of Haven, Kansas; David Farrell of Phoenix; Maureen McCarthy of Phoenix; Charles E. Farrell of Lake Arrowhead, California; Marianne Farrell of Phoenix; Loretta Hill of Chandler, AZ; John Farrell of Seattle; and Janet Monahan of Walnut Creek, California; and 3 step children: Mark and Martha Smith and Mary Elliott. He is also survived by his sons-in-law: Mark Byrne, Rick Volweider, Tom McCarthy, Jonathan Hill and Bobby Monahan and his sister, Geraldine Sumrall of Plainfield, Illinois. He leaves behind 20 grandchildren: Laura Byrne Barnes, Patrick, Emily and David Byrne; Amy and Sara Volweider; Brian, Molly, Tom, John and Eileen McCarthy; John and Claire Norbut; Michael Farrell and Blake Duncan; and Briana, Liam, Colin, Charlotte and Adam Farrell.  He also is survived by five great-grandchildren: Elizabeth and Susannah Barnes, and Theodore, Alexander and Xavier Byrne. Charles was a member of Right to Life and he participated in the first march, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and was a lector at many Catholic churches all of his adult years. He also was privileged to go to Washington, DC to honor the veterans of World War II. Visitation and Rosary will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3801 E. Greenway Rd., Phoenix. Charles will be buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Donations in his memory can be made to: Arizona Right to Life or the Alzheimers Association. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)




Condolences for the family of “FARRELL, CHARLES W.”

Condolence from Paul and Shirley Davis on October 21st, 2013 6:45 pm

Dear Marion and Family,

Paul and I extend our deepest sympathy to all of you.
May His Memory Be Eternal!

Paul and Shirley Davis

Condolence from Mike Sherman on October 24th, 2013 10:03 am

Marion and Family-

Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May you find peace in this difficult time.

Mike and Peggie Sherman

Condolence from Barbara Kalman on October 24th, 2013 7:39 pm

As a friend of Mary’s I would like to extend my condolences to her and her mother. Sincerely, Barbara Kalman

Condolence from Virginia “Gini’ Aldridge on October 29th, 2013 10:28 am

Aunt Marion and your extended family,
I am extremely saddened for your loss. May the Lord bless each and every one of you in your time of need. I hope you find peace in knowing that your friends and family are thinking of you now and always. I love you.
Virginia Ann

Condolence from Monmon on April 12th, 2015 10:58 am

Shane O’Brien of the Members First faction wrote in his reply to the PPSA Annual Conference lefaelt that A claim above 2.5% will bring about a counter claim from the government to remove award conditions as they see fit . Well, guess what, BO’F did just that with attacks on a number of conditions and a 1.2% cap on employee related expences even with the PSA 2.5% claim. The calim against our conditions is still before the IRC. No union official has yet explained why the union leadership in all their industrial wisdom based on years of experience did not make a claim for better conditions even if the 2.5% cap went unchallenged. At least mambers would get something. And conditons are often regarded as more important than pay by a lot of members.

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