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Charles Cipponeri
A funeral service was held Friday at St. Joseph's Church for Charles "Chuck" Cipponeri, 93, of Ceres. He died May 14, 2012.

Burial was at St. Stanislaus Cemetery under the direction of Salas Brothers Funeral Home.

Born Nov. 27, 1918 in Detroit, Mich., Chuck was one of seven children of Vincent and Louise Cipponeri who immigrated to the United States from Custunaci, Sicily. The Cipponeris moved to the Modesto area in 1932. He volunteered to fight in World War II, and was a corporal in General George Patton's 3rd Army and a member of 558th Armored Field Artillery Division. Mr. Cipponeri landed on Omaha Beach and fought in the Ardennes Offensive (Battle of the Bulge). After the war, he went into the building trade and worked many years as a general contractor in the Modesto area until he retired. Mr. Cipponeri was a 61-year member of the Carpenters Union, Local 22 in San Francisco. He also enjoyed walnut farming and wine making.

He leaves behind four children, Charles Cipponeri of Modesto, Charlene Cipponeri of Ceres, Jim Cipponeri of Madera and Tony Cipponeri of Ripon; two sisters, Anne Lash and Mary Credille, both of Modesto; and seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Joseph P. Cipponeri, brothers Peter Cipponeri and Joseph Cipponeri, and sisters Frances and Margaret.

-Ceres Courier/ May 23, 2012