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39 South Main Street
Mechanicville, NY 12118
Phone: (518) 664-4500
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Charles Kerls

Charles W. "Chum" Kerls

Wednesday, November 1st, 1939 - Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
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MECHANICVILLE - Charles W. Kerls (a.k.a. Charlie, Chum, Chief, Papa), life long resident of Mechanicville suddenly passed on May 29, 2019.
Charles was born November 1, 1939 in Troy NY to Charles V. Kerls and Florence McMahon-Kerls. He attended St. Paul’s School (but was asked to leave for bad behavior), then went on to Mechanicville Elementary - School 1. Chum was a graduate of the Mechanicville High School Class of 1957. He joined the Coast Guard Reserve, then went on to graduate from Albany Business College with a degree in Business Management. After graduation, he was employed by the New York Army National Guard. On October 1, 1961 he married his one and only Mari Ann Gilheany.
Professionally, Charlie held numerous Federal Government Management positions with the Department of the Army and Department of Treasury (IRS) in Albany and Hartford, CT. Throughout his career, he was a member of the Army Reserve and National Guard, serving 42 years of active and reserve as a Chief Warren Officer; he retired from the Army in 2001. Charlie always had a “side hustle”, he was a cook at Hildreth’s Restaurant, a dispatcher at the B & M Railroad, an associate at Gilheany’s Liquor Store, a Deputy Director at Uncle Sam’s House, the “self-appointed” Chief Greeter at Genevieve’s Home and Garden, the Executive Account Manager with Nfrastructure Technologies (Contractor to NYS) where he retired in February. His most recent position was the head of the Mechanicville Civil Service.
Chum and Mari Ann were happily married for 57 wonderful years and raised an amazing Family of 5; Kelli (Mark) DeSieno, CJ (David Ambler) Kerls, Kyle Kerls, Christi (Spencer) Tacy, and Kerri (Michael Brynteson) Kerls. Papa Chum was incredibly loved by his 7 grandchildren; Chelsea Kerls, Iain, Madisyn, and Garrison DeSieno, Etana and Aerowyn Brynteson, and Maeve Tacy. He was the proud brother of Michael (Rosemary) Kerls and the beloved Uncle Chum to many nieces and nephews.
A leader in the community of Mechanicville, he was the President of St. Paul’s-Assumption School Board, President of the Mechanicville-Stillwater United Soccer League and an active, life-long parishioner of All Saints on the Hudson Roman Catholic Church where he served on the Pastoral Council, was a Catechist, Lector, and the “Chief” Usher. He was also the infamous, “Lame Duck” President of the MHS Class of 1957 and a player in the Olde Timers Softball League. In Chum’s own words,” I look back on my years with great satisfaction and accomplishment. I was an Officer and member of the Mechanicville Fire Department for over 20 years, the coach of numerous teams: Little League, CYO, Youth soccer, JV Girls soccer, Varsity Girls basketball and softball and I never missed a dance recital!”
Chummy was an avid, VOCAL NY Mets, Jets and Knicks fan. He was a season ticket holder for the Siena Saints Basketball team, the Saratoga Race Track as well as Proctors Theater. He enjoyed his coffee ice-cream, the NY Post and long walks on the Jersey Shore.
Calling hours will be held at All Saints on the Hudson Roman Catholic Church, 121 No. Main Street in Mechanicville on Monday from 4-7 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at the CHURCH on Tuesday at 10 a.m., with military honors and burial in Saratoga National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Mechanicville Area Community Services Center.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, June 3rd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, June 3rd, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    All Saints On The Hudson South Church
    121 North Main Street
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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  • Service

    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 10:00am
    All Saints On The Hudson South Church
    121 North Main Street
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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  • Interment

    Saratoga National Cemetery
    200 Duell Road
    Schuylerville, NY 12871
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Tad Weigle

Posted at 01:03pm
Dear Mari Ann and family,
Like everyone I was shocked and saddened to hear of Chummy's passing. What a guy, what a life, what a contributor to his community and what a stalwart to the MHS Class of 1958. As I often said to friends, he was the glue that kept the class together!
In June I always looked forward to seeing Chummy at the MHS Annual Awards Ceremony where he would present the class of '57 award. His message was always uplifting. Sitting next to him to hear news about his children, grandchildren and life in Mechanicville was a highlight !
While gone, his legacy will linger long into the future and bring many smiles and good memories to all that knew him. May he rest in peace.
Tad Weigle


Jeanette D'Ambro

Posted at 05:24pm
Please accept our sincerest condolences for your loss. May your love and memories of Charles provide you comfort and strength during this difficult time.

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Posted at 08:06am
To Aunt MariAnn and family - Uncle Chum was so loved and will live on in our hearts and memories forever. Sending you all prayers of peace and love.
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Timothy J. Moriarty

Posted at 09:28pm
I knew Charlie through the US Army Reserve. He was a unit member and full time DOD civilian employee. When talking to Charlie you would have confidence that he knew his job. He was a natural likable guy with a keen sense of humor. My condolences to his family.
Timothy J. Moriarty

Robert Donahue

Posted at 04:00pm
My friends:
We have lost a wonderful guy. I loved him and appreciated his talents as a manager
It will take some time for me to fully understand this significant loss.


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