Charles W. Sedor
Tuesday, June 18, 1929
Date of Death:
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
88 years old
Charles W. Sedor
With his three sons by his side, Charles “Captain Charlie,” “Weasel” Sedor Jr, peacefully passed to his field of dreams on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
Charlie was born in Charleroi, PA on June 18, 1929. He graduated from Charleroi High School and pursued his dream of playing professional baseball. He signed a free agent contact with the St Louis Cardinal organization in 1949. Soon after, he decided to serve his country during the Korean War. He was sent to Wiesbaden, Germany where he proudly served his country along with playing baseball for 4 years. Upon his return he played professional baseball for 5 years. He proudly regaled going 8 for 8 for the Rocky Mount Leafs during a double header. He was equally as proud of his low strike out totals…which he told countless people. He may have made it to the major leagues but he couldn’t consistently hit a curveball, as we liked to jokingly remind him. He made many dear friends during his baseball career- Otto Balmer being his closest buddy. In 1956, his friend, Freddy Hancock, persuaded him to move to Rochester to play in the Southern Minnie League for the Royals. He met his future wife, Kathleen Beckley, while working downtown. He asked her out a few times and she eventually relented to go to a hockey game with him. They married July 9, 1960; they were married for 57 years.
Charlie worked as a meter reader for Rochester Public Utilities for 32 years. His will also be remembered as a longtime, local baseball and softball umpire. Charlie and Kathy enjoyed square dancing as members of the Rolling Squares. As a result, he met countless people and made many lifelong friends. Friendships and family meant the most to Charlie. Once he knew you, he would never forget you and his charismatic personality struck you. Charlie loved his Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and Wisconsin Badgers. He passed that passion onto his sons.
We were blessed with many valuable lessons from Charlie during his 88 years, among them: the gift of gab, being there for our friends, making friends with plumbers, electricians, carpenters…because dad had no fix-it skills, finding a sales bargain, making others smile, how to not hook up a camper to a car, paring Cheetos with wine spritzers, and the art of hitting a curveball.
Charlie was extremely loving of his wife Kathleen and sons Mike (fiancé Joanna Midthun and her daughter Mallory), Dave (Jeri Lynn Waller), and Dan (Karen, grandchildren Brad and Amanda). He is also survived by his beloved sisters Dorothy Yeager and Margie Di Carlo along with a large extended family. He was preceded in death by parents Anna and William Sedor.
Memorial donations may be made in Charlie’s name to Minnesota Disabled American Veterans Chapter 28, PO Box 6226, Rochester, MN 55903.
A celebration of Charlie’s life will be held Friday, June 15, from 4pm to 8pm at Macken Funeral Home River Park Chapel, Rochester, MN. Afterwards we will be at Beetle’s Bar and Grill to continue the celebration.
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Oh how I will miss this man! I will miss his laugh, his smile, his honesty. My deepest condolences to the whole family. Our hearts hurt with yours.
To Chuck's family, Please accept our deepest sympathy at the loss of this wonderful man. Chuck was our meter reader for many years when we lived in Northern Heights and it was always a delight to see him. He would have a smile and a kind word every time and we were very sad to read of his passing. He will be missed and remembered with great warmth by all who knew him.
Mike and Joy Fogarty
My condolences to the Sedor family Kathy, Dan, Dave and Mike. I lived next door to your family in Sunset Terrace and it was always fun having you guys as neighbors. We played a lot of baseball and knee football with your boys Kathy. I remember what has probably been said before that Chuck always remembered people and he always remembered me. Of course as I was raised next to him he knew me but years after I grew up and left the neighborhood he never forgot me. When we would run into each other downtown or anywhere he would always great me with a Billy or Billy Boy and that always made me feel good. I will always remember Kathy and Chuck as great neighbors of my Mom and Dad (Don and Gladys) they had a lot of fun together. I know your family will miss him dearly as I whenever I think of him. God Bless to your family! Bill & Cindy Olson and Family
So sad to hear of Charlie's passing. As a kid growing up I watched many Royals games when Charlie played. I think he played centerfield, wore number 2, and batted leadoff. I knew Fred Hancock and other players, namely Ken Bawek, John Van Cuyk, and Bill Leach.
Charlie worked with my dad, George Hentges, at RPU.
God bless you all
Our sincerest sympathy to Kathy and to the three Sedor sons and extended family.
We have so many wonderful memories of times spent with Chuck and Kathy -in Florida, in Minnesota, in Washington state, in Las Vegas. Many card games, golf games, dinners and just fun visits.
Chuck was one of a kind and will be missed by so many!
Gods blessings to all of you.
Otto and Carolyn
My condolences to you and your family Mike. You look like your dad??? Blessed be his memories.
More than anything, my basic memory of my brother-in-law Chuck was laughter. After a softball game, after umpiring a tourney, every day you were with him, there was laughter.
And more than anything else, he made my sister Kathleen happy. Bless you Chuck! It was an honor to know you.
Mike and the Sedor Family,
Your dad was a wonderful, charismatic guy whom everyone loved. He was always so positive and full of life. We will miss his presence. Thank you for sharing him with us at Madonna Living Community.
Sandy Molenda; Madonna Living Community Foundation
To Mike and the Seder family. So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. I pitched a few softball games with him behind the plate and had more than one interesting baseball conversation. He was a good baseball man and nice guy.
My sincere condolences to you, Kathy, and to your family. It has been a pleasure knowing you and Chuck over the years. Chuck will be greatly missed.
My condolences to the Sedor Family. I have many fond memories of conversations with Charlie behind the plate. He was one of the best!
My deep sympathy to your entire family. Chuck and I umpired many a baseball game together through the years and these are fond memories. I will treasure these experiences more each day as time goes on. I regret that I will be unable to attend the visitation or funeral as I will be at the High School State baseball tournament as UIC at Chaska on Friday. Chuck was a special person in my life and I will miss his bigger than life zest for life. A fine man has passed. God rest his soul.
To Mike & the entire Sedor Family ---
We are very sorry to hear about the passing of Charles. God Bless, and may he Rest In Peace.
Brian & Pam