Charles C "Chaly" Grosso Jr., 69, of Hughesville, died Friday Oct. 11, 2013, at home with his wife by his side breaking a bond of 31 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms. He was born, Nov. 18, 1943, in Philadelphia, a son of Charles C. and Lucy (DiMaggio) Grosso Sr. On Aug. 28, 1992, he married the love of his life, Helen M. Kaelin, who survives.
Chaly graduated from Bishop Neumann High School, Philadelphia and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After attending the Philadelphia Police Academy, he lived a life of honor and helping others as an officer, retiring, as a Sergeant, after 26 years of service. After moving to Hughesville, Chaly worked for the Muncy School District as a custodian for 11 years. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge No. 5, the Muncy Valley Moose No. 866, P.S.E.R.S. and the Knights of Columbus, as a 4th degree Knight.
Chaly was diagnosed with liver cancer 172 days ago, left the hospital and lived 170 of those days pain free at home. This was just one of the many miracles that came to him and his wife. Throughout Clinton, Lycoming and Northumberland Counties, with Helen providing the brains and Chaly providing the brawn they completed many volunteer projects and performed random acts of kindness. During the flood September 2011, Chaly and his wife enjoyed purchasing and delivering pizza to many of the people in Hughesville still cleaning up from the devastation of that flood. The Moose Lodge was also kind enough to start up a second pizza oven to keep up with them. Besides just being a great guy, his extraordinary sense of humor and his ability to light up a room will be missed by all.
Charles C. ‘Chaly’ Grosso Jr.
In addition to his wife, Chaly is survived by a daughter, Helen (Dan) Bennett, of Lancaster; son, Garry S. (Mary) Thompson, of Florida; grandchildren missing their Poppy, Lauren, Kaylee, Victoria, Nathan Thompson, Danny, Ryan and Ian Bennett; sister, Arlene (Carlo) Branda, of Sewell, N.J., numerous nieces and nephews, including Terri Moore, Jeff Kaelin and Charles Kaelin, whom he helped raise; brothers-in-law, William and Joseph Kaelin; sisters-in-law, Mary (Chris) Kaelin, Kathy (Dave) Nogoski; a special sister-in-law, Theresa "T.C." Kaelin, of Williamsport; father-in-law, Chuck (Georgia) Kaelin; and special friends and neighbors, Lori and Shawn Lewis.
He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Charles "Chucky" Kaelin and mother-in-law, Helen Ahrndt.
All are welcome to celebrate Chaly's life at the Muncy Valley Moose, 875 Rte. 405 Highway, Hughesville, to be held between noon and 4 p.m. on Nov. 2. Stop in and share your favorite Chaly story or photo with his family. The family wishes that all who knew and loved Chaly to pass along a random act of kindness to others in his memory. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.