Remembering Charles S. Lapsansky Jr.

charles-lapsansky-wilmington-nc-obituaryCharles S. Lapsansky Jr., U.S. Navy Retired Aviation Electronics Senior Chief, passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, in Wilmington, NC. 

He was born on July 22, 1936 to the late Charles S. and Stella Szalkiewicz Lapsansky Sr. of Dunmore-Scranton. He was retired from Cape Fear Community College, where he taught electronics–molding and shaping many to successful careers.

He was also a retired engineer from GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, where he was very dedicated. 

Charles proudly served as Master Sergeant in the America Legion Post 10 Honor Guard where he conducted over 200 military funeral honors for all armed forces. He loved presenting the burial flag, representing the freedom, dignity, and true meaning of being an American to the families of our veterans, playing the emotional moving and patriotic “Taps”, and providing keepsakes he personally made for the families. He loved serving his country, military families, and his fellowmen.

He was the bingo caller every Tuesday night at the Post and enjoyed spending time with all his friends. His deeply caring attitude always displayed his bright smile. 

Charles was also preceded in death by his first wife, Marie DeMarco Lapsansky, who was his high school sweetheart; nephew Charles Sabetelle Lapsansky, loving mother-in-law Eunice Willoughby Harrelson, granddaughter Kaycee Marie Chapman, sons-in-laws Allard Whyman Bryant Jr., and Stephen D. Salas, and sister Mary Alice.

Surviving are loving daughters of Charles and Marie: Genevieve M. Cooper and husband Brian D. Cooper of Bartlett, TN; Cynthia A. Salas of Wilmington, NC.; Desiree’ L. Bryant of Rocky Point, NC, and Cierra Blake Lapsansky of Palm Bay, FL. five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. 

His surviving beloved wife of 43 years is Bonnie Harrelson Lapsansky of Wilmington, NC. and loving daughters Debra Stutts of Bolton, NC; Dianne G. Creech and husband Terry L. Creech of Bolton, NC, and Janie G. Williams of Shallotte, NC, as well as 11 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. They lovingly raised Shay Lynn Underwood Piver like a daughter. 

Also, loving sisters Lorraine L. Lapsansky, of Bolton, NC; Frances B. Lainey, and husband John of Plainville, CT; Delores L. Bianco of Scranton, PA;. sister-in-law, Betty Harrelson Gay of Wilmington, NC; brother-in law, Wiley G. Harrelson, and wife Shirley Wigner Harrelson of Angier, NC, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Charles attended almost every 1954 Class Reunion back home. His roots were in Dunmore-Scranton and he had many friends he loved and kept in touch with throughout his life.

The family received friends on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 at Coble Ward -Smith Funeral Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church, Wilmington, NC with Dr. Donnie Lovette officiating. Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to: American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard 449 Shipyard Blvd. Wilmington, NC 28412.

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