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Charles B. Kemeny

December 9, 1949 — December 3, 2022

Charles B. Kemeny, best known as Chuck, died Dec. 3, 2022, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was 72. Chuck was born Dec. 9, 1949, in Vineland, N.J. to Jack Kemeny Sr. and Rose Vinning. He was the youngest of three children, survived by his sister Deborah Scribner and brother Jack Kemeny. Chuck graduated from Cherry Hill High School. He played quarterback on the football team until he hurt his elbow and needed surgery. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he proudly served his country as a U.S. Special Forces medic. Also known as Green Berets, they are some of the smartest and most lethal fighters in the world. As Barry Sadler croons in the song Ballad of the Green Berets: “One hundred men will test today; But only three win the Green Beret.” In his later years, Chuck proudly wore his Special Forces ball cap wherever he went. He worked at Two Guys Department store in the early 1970s, which is when he met his future wife of 47 years, Betty A. Kemeny (nee Vohringer). The two married Aug. 30, 1975, at the scenic Pennypacker Park in Haddonfield, N.J. Together, they raised two children, Matthew Kemeny, and Kathryn Kemeny- Gelman. For nearly 30 years, Chuck ran a successful corporation, Most Health Services, Inc. which tested and diagnosed workers with asbestos-related illnesses such as lung cancer and emphysema. Through early detection, his efforts undoubtedly saved many lives. Chuck was the epitome of a family man, always in the bleachers at his children’s sporting events with a camcorder, helping with homework and spending time with them on the weekends. In his early life, he was an accomplished golfer and always wished he could have played more even as rheumatoid arthritis took a toll on his body. At home, Chuck loved cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies sports teams and said he was lucky he lived long enough to see the Phillies win two World Series (1980; 2008) and the Eagles a Super Bowl (2018). He collected baseball cards and antiques and relished the time he had to sit down and watch a western on television. In 2016, he became a pop-pop for the first time with the birth of his granddaughter Lillian Rose and again in 2022, with his grandson Thomas Jeffrey. Although we will miss him dearly, we take comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering in extreme physical pain. Without a doubt, Chuck left this earth a better place than he found it. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his visitation on Thursday morning from 10:30am to 11:30am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 E. Clements Bridge Rd, Runnemede, NJ. where a Funeral Service will follow at 11:30 am. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle NJ Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, To express condolences, please visit Arrangements by POPIOLEK FUNERAL HOME, Barrington, NJ

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