Charles "Chuck" Joseph Petrarca Jr., born on June 29, 1931, died peacefully on September 15, 2023, at age 92, and has been united in heaven with parents Charles and Angelina "Julia" Petrarca, and three siblings: Doris (Asa) Smith, Irene (Frank) Prestipino-Koenig, and Joseph (Marsha) Anthony Petrarca II. He is survived by loving wife Georgia Petrarca, daughters Janine Tracchia of Florida, Denise Sparks of Kentucky, and Laura Deyarmin of Kansas. Chuck is also survived by his sister Anne "Bubbles" (Stephen) Steinbeiser of Pennsylvania. Chuck was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend to many in the community.
Born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Chuck loved to play baseball and basketball during his formative years, and softball as an adult. His love of professional sports continued throughout his life. After graduating from Altoona Catholic High School, Chuck enrolled at St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He was a veteran of the United States Army. A man with great interpersonal and communication skills, Chuck established a career in advertising, marketing, and sales in various regions of the United States.
As an avid vocalist, Chuck entertained many (especially family) with duets of “Delilah,” “Oh You Can’t Get To Heaven,” “O My Papa,” “O Sole Mio,” “Che La Luna Mezzo Marr,” and many others. He sang at many family ceremonies and truly touched the hearts of many through his charismatic singing and positive attitude toward life. An active parishioner of St. Michael the Archangel, Chuck participated in the choir and other church groups, including volunteering at Saint Vincent DePaul.
Friends and family will be received from 9 – 10:45 AM EST Monday, September 25, 2023, at Prevatt Funeral Home at 7709 State Road 52, Hudson FL, 34667. Mass immediately to follow at 11 AM EST at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, at 8014 State Road 52, Hudson, FL 34667. Floral arrangements can be sent to Prevatt Funeral Home located on 7709 State Road 52, Hudson FL, 34667.