Charles "Chuck" Rata, 100, of Columbus, formerly of Canton, passed away Monday, September 23rd following a brief illness. Born in Canton on January 25, 1919, a son of the late Vasile and Estina (Opris) Rata, also preceded in death by his wife Anne, sister Mary Gabor, brother John Shamordola, great-nephew Nicholas Hoaja. Following his graduation from McKinley High School, he served in the US Army during WWII in the Pacific Theatre. Chuck was a devoted member of the St. George Romanian Orthodox Church. Survived by sister Olympia "Lee" Hoaja; niece Linda Wiget, both of Columbus; nephew Richard (Darlene) Hoaja, of Centerville; 2 great-nieces Nicole (Dominic) Reto, Lisa Wiget; great-nephew Gregory Hoaja; and cousin Jane Moldovan. Funeral services will be held at 10AM on Saturday, September 28th in the St. George Romanian Orthodox Church with Rev. Fr. Ionel Satnoianu officiating. Friends may call on Friday, September 27th from 4PM to 6PM where a Saracusta Service will be held at 5PM, also in the church. Entombment will follow in Northlawn Cemetery. Donations may be made to the church or the Alzheimers Association. You may add your condolences on our website: www.waltner-simchak.com.
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