FAMILY-OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1912

Charles Francis Linberg

Charles F. “Charley” Linberg, loving husband, devoted father and loyal friend, passed away peacefully on August 26, 2017 at Stonegates Retirement Community at the age of 89 surrounded by loved ones.

Born in Passaic, NJ, his family moved to Carney’s Point NJ when he was 2.  Charley met his future wife Kate, the love of his life, at age 15 while a lifeguard at Riverview Beach Amusement Park.  He dropped out of Penns Grove Regional High School on his 17th birthday to enter the Navy and “win the war.”  Two years later, he returned to finish high school and then received a degree in Textile Fibers Engineering at Lowell Technical Institute in Massachusetts. Charley had a long career in textile fibers with the DuPont Company, a career of which he was truly proud and where he made many friends with whom he continued to socialize at monthly lunches and holiday parties long after his retirement.  In 2002, he was among a group of 12 employees who won the honor of contributing to the 200th DuPont Company Anniversary Time Capsule.  Charley was very involved with the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and surrounding community where he established lifelong friendships. First Fridays at Mulrooney’s Tavern became a tradition for Charley, Kate and their neighbors.  He was a die-hard UD football fan and traveled with Kate to home and away games up and down the coast. Charley especially enjoyed summers in Rehoboth and traveling with Kate. But his happiest moments were when surrounded by his family. Charley was an avid golfer and member of the DuPont and Rehoboth Beach Country Clubs.  After retiring from DuPont, Charley was instrumental in the establishment of the golf course ratings system for the Delaware State Golf Association.  He served as the Course Rating Director for 15 years. He was awarded the DSGA President’s Award in 1995 for “his outstanding contribution to the DSGA.” In 2003, he also received their annual award for promotion of the game of golf.  He took several trips to Scotland and Ireland to golf with his friends and he also took time to tutor adults to read through a public library program. He was a proud lifetime member of the VFW.

Charley was predeceased by his wife, Kathleen Burleigh Linberg; a brother, Eugene Linberg; and his parents, Catherine Gavin and Henry G Linberg.  He is survived by 5 children, Steven E Linberg and his wife Alice of Laytonsville MD; Kathleen “Honey” Fisher and her husband Mike of Wilmington DE; Anne Delhommeau and her husband Gilles of Washington DC; Charles H Linberg and his wife Sharon of Omaha NE; and James R Linberg and his wife Kelli of Middlefield OH. Charley was also blessed with 10 grandchildren: Conor, David, Alison, Erin, Andrew, Drew, Steven, Andrea, Shannon and Kasey; 1 step-granddaughter, Lucille; and 10 great-grandchildren: Kate, Ella, Gavin, Aidan, Melina, Mia, Harper, Victoria, Alice and Isabella.  

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, September 9 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Cedar and Clayton Streets, Wilmington, DE with visitation prior to the service at 10am.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to St. Elizabeth High School Scholarship Fund, 1500 Cedar Street, Wilmington DE 19805, or a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Stonegates for their excellent care and compassion during his time there, and Delaware Hospice for their support in the final stages of his illness.  Condolences may be made by visiting MealeyFuneralHomes.com

 

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Submitted by Carole Teeter on
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Charley was very amazing! His accomplishments were many....I personally have very special memories. He was a person that loved everyone and always made you feel very comfortable. A morning that will always remember is being invited to play soduku with him, he has left a big void in my heart ❣. I am glad that he was a part of my life. Charley you will be missed by all that knew you.

Submitted by Jeff Malone on
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Stacie and I send our Prayers to you and your family during this time. Jim , I had no idea your Dad was so involved in the game of you !!! You should play regularly again !!! All our love !!!

Submitted by Jeff Malone on
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***the game of Golf*** Correction from previous message Sorry

Submitted by Catherine Linbe... on
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I was so saddened to hear about Uncle Charlie's passing. My sympathies and prayers go out to all my cousins and their families. I have always held a special place in my heart for my Uncle Charlie. He had a great sense of humor and a great smile. He always made me laugh. Such a wonderful man! He will be missed.

Submitted by Barbara Hannaga... on
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I have many memories of Mr. Linberg, but the one most fitting in my mind is "Perfect Gentleman." Whenever we would randomly meet after those years in Cleland Heights, he would always greet me with that Gentleman's smile. A fine man who will be dearly missed by his family, I'm sure. RIP

Submitted by Susan August on
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Charley was one of the nicest men I've ever known. He was my patient at his dental office for many years. He always made me laugh and he taught me the hard sudoku. I'll miss seeing him. My heartfelt sympathy to the family.

Submitted by Lydia Noel on
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I am sorry to hear of Charley Linberg's passing. He was a kind, sweet man who loved Sudoku puzzles & cocktail parties. I enjoyed his sense of humor and gentlemanly manner. I will remember him fondly. Lydia Noel

Submitted by Kathy Tucker on
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Sorry for your loss of your wonderful father and wonderful human being. You are a special family, Love and Blessings, Kathy Tucker

Submitted by The Smiths on
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We wanted to share our condolences with the Linberg family. It is never easy to have to say goodbye to a loved one. The pain of loss can be unbearable. Our Creator promises us that one day this pain will be just a memory. That beautiful promise can be found at Revelation 21:3, 4. Our pain and suffering will be a thing of the past, and we can cry tears of joy as we welcome back the ones that we love so much. We hope you find comfort in those promises.

Submitted by Colleen Dowling on
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My dearest sympathies and prayers to the Linberg family. I met Mr. Linberg through the marriage of my sister Kelli to the love of her life, Jim Linberg, (Charley's youngest). I did not know Mr. Linberg well, but whenever I did see him or heard a story, there was always a smile and laughter. I know Kelli, Jim and the girls, Kasey and Shannon, adored their Grandad and Grandmom. I know they are together in Heaven holding hands and looking down, proud of the beautiful family they brought into this world. All my love and prayers to you all. Colleen

Submitted by Olivia on
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I'm so sorry for your loss, it's painful to lose someone you love. I would like to share with you and your family and friends an encouraging message from the Bible. Revelation 21:4 promises us that he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain will be any more. The former things have passed away. You could be in pain right now but very soon God is going to turn things around and we know that for sure because the Bible gives us that promise. And the Bible is God`s word. Please read those scriptures with your Bible. I hope this message gives you courage during this time of bereavement.