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Charles Van Ness

Charles A Van Ness

Tuesday May 1st, 1928 - Monday January 6th, 2020
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West Amwell Twp.:  Charles A. Van Ness, of West Amwell Township, NJ, passed away on Jan. 6, 2020 at Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell Twp., NJ. Born Charles H. Englewood on May 1, 1928, Charles was adopted as an infant by Edward Russell Van Ness and Grace Helen Van Ness and raised in Hopewell Township, NJ. He attended public school in Hopewell Township and Pennington before joining the United States Marine Corps in 1944. Charlie, as he was called by his many friends, took exceptional pride in being a decorated seagoing Marine. Over eight years he served in both the Pacific theatre and Korea, and received a Purple Heart for injuries he received during the Korean Conflict. He held the rank of Sergeant when he was discharged in 1954. Married to Sarah (Sally) Williamson Kendig in 1964 until her passing in 1990, Charlie worked for the New Jersey Department of Transportation for more than 30 years. He was an avid hunter, an accomplished mandolin player, and a wonderful storyteller. A community fixture in West Amwell for decades, Charlie attended the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church and was a long-time member of Amwell Lodge No. 12 of the Free & Accepted Masons. In addition to his wife, Charlie was predeceased by his stepdaughter Sally Dianne Church and his stepson Dennis Kelly Kendig. He is survived by his stepsons Patrick Kendig of Ewing Township, NJ, and Brian Kendig of Jarrettsville MD, along with nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Sunday January 12 at 2:00 pm at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, 39 Mt. Airy Village Road, Lambertville, NJ.  Friends may visit on Sunday from 1:00 pm until the time of the service at the church. Following the service, interment with United States Marine Corps Military Honors will take place at Harbourton Cemetery, 1516 Harbourton-Rocktown Road, Lambertville. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 12th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Sunday, January 12th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church
  • Service

    Sunday, January 12th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, January 12th, 2020 2:00pm
    Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church


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Brian Foley,

Posted at 12:00am
Charlie was a good lifelong friend of my mothers. He told stories many times of how they met at local dances. He would stop by our farm to visit often, and loved to take my mother and aunt to Atlantic City. Charlie was a proud funny man with a firm handshake and a warm inviting smile. We had so much in common and I will Miss Him GREATLY!!!! Rest In Peace Charlie.......THANK YOU for everything.........I Love You!Brian P. FoleyAllentown NJ ~ Brian Foley, Allentown, New Jersey

Mario (Doc) Lofaro,

Posted at 12:00am
My Friend, a friend of our family, I've known him all my life. I feel he was one of my Marines, although we served in different times. My heart swells knowing you're up there where there's no pain or sickness, or age. And as a respected Warrior; only peace. Semper Fidelis Charlie! ~ Mario (Doc) Lofaro, Stockton, New Jersey

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Posted at 12:00am
i knew Charlie since kindergarten. We went to Harts Corner school through graduation from Hopewell Valley High School in 1946. Everyone liked Charlie and enjoyed his jokes and his playing the mandolin. He will be missed.Doris Dye Wert

Frank G. Astalosh,

Posted at 12:00am
He was a good friend of my dad, Frank Astalosh, while he lived nearby outside of Pennington many years ago. I remember as a kid going over to his place with dad and enjoying the stories and the visit. ~ Frank G. Astalosh, Grinnell, Iowa

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Posted at 12:00am
I will miss Nessy a lot. I owned the Hopewell House. Nessy would come and preform on Thursday nite along with a bounce of fun loving people who enjoyed mandolin music. Very glad for the time I knew him. Herman Espenhorst. Also his many friends fro O.E Lewis.

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