Charles Szostek, 75, Owned Charley's Cafe

Posted: May 03, 1991

Charles A. Szostek, the retired operator of Charley's Cafe, died Sunday. He was 75 and lived in Juniata Park.

If you lived in the neighborhood, Charley's on Adams Avenue was the place to cool your heels with an ice-cold beer, trade sports statistics, and talk about the dart league.

"The cafe was known for its friendly atmosphere and for catering to its neighbors," said his daughter, Cynthia Kruszewski.

Until retiring in 1988, Szostek operated the tavern for 33 years.

She said her father was "a self-proclaimed pinochle maverick," and a man always willing to hang up the barkeeper's apron long enough "to chauffeur his children and their friends, without question, everywhere and anywhere."

He was an Army veteran of World War II who served in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

He was a member of St. John Cantius Holy Name Society, St. John Cantius Golden Age, All Saints Senior Citizens, Bridesburg Golden Agers, Harmonia Social Club, Associated Polish Home and American Legion Post 396.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife, Wanda Lewandoski; a son, Richard; a sister, Mary Szostek; three brothers, Martin Szostek and Stanley and Joseph Bobola; a son-in law, Thaddeus Kruszewski; a daughter-in- law, Teresa Szostek; and five grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John Cantius Church, Thompson Street above Orthodox.

Burial will follow in Westminster Cemetery, Belmont Avenue and Levering Mill Road, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County.

Friends may call Sunday night between 7 and 9 at the Slabinski Funeral Home, 2614 Orthodox St.


Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated today for Anthony Spina Jr., a South Philadelphia barber who ran an old-style shop where all the customers got tonic on their hair.

Spina, 80, who died Sunday, lived in South Philadelphia.

When South Philadelphians who had made their mark in show business returned to their roots, Spina was the guy they sought out to trim their hair. Actor Jack Klugman was a regular, so was Fabian.

For more than 40 years Spina cut hair in his shop at 7th and Morris streets. The shop was destroyed by fire in 1974, but he reopened for business at 19th and Jackson streets with a two-chair shop, where he continued to cut hair until 1984, when ill health forced his retirement.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathryn Geraci Spina; three daughters, Rosemarie Beltrante, Bernadette Foster and Geraldine Pietrantonio; three brothers, Frank, John and Gene; and eight grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated 9:45 this morning at St. Mary

Magdalen de Pazzi Church, 712 Montrose St. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Baily Road and Wycombe Avenue, Yeadon, Delaware County.


Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated today for Donald W. Buckley, a Postal Service letter carrier who delivered mail in Philadelphia for 30 years. Buckley, 58, who died Tuesday, lived in Collingdale, Delaware County.

A native Philadelphian, Buckley attended West Catholic High School for Boys and Temple University. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

An avid booster of Notre Dame's football team, Buckley for a number of seasons coached basketball for the Narberth Summer League.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen Morgan Buckley; his mother, Catherine Mulligan Buckley; two sisters, Joan VanOsten and Carol Boylan; a stepdaughter, Kathleen Krause; a stepson, Thomas E. Sullivan; and a granddaughter.

Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated at 10 this morning at St. Joseph Church, Bartram and Woodland avenues, Collingdale.

Burial will follow in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Sproul and Crum Creek roads, Marple Township, Delaware County.

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