• Honoring Charles Serafa

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  • Charles Joseph Serafa was born in Sliema, Malta on November 9, 1918. He emigrated to the United States with his family when he was 5 years old. He attended Holy Redeemer Elementary School and graduated from Western High School in 1936.

    Charles enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 19, 1941, serving in France and Germany during World War II. He served as a scout and obtained Information concerning strength, disposition, and intentions of the enemy. Charles searched terrain for enemy activity, and worked from an observation post, on foot, or in a vehicle. He also worked as a plumber, an ammunition bearer, and a clerk. He was honorably discharged at Camp Grant, Illinois on September 5, 1945

    At the end of the war, Charles returned home and became a licensed electrician. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local #58. Charles married Phyllis Vizzini on April 29, 1950 and raised six children: Emily, Charles Michael, Sharon, Cheryl, Stephen, and Mark. The family lived in Detroit and Livonia. He believed in the importance of a good education. He loved sports and was an avid fan of football, baseball, and hockey. He followed the progress of his sons’ teams in the U.S. and Canada.

    Charles passed away on May 28, 1978 and is very much missed by his family. He would now have eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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