Charles Louis Breindel, 74, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2022 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, after suffering a stroke. Charles was born January 19, 1948 to Jerome and Charlotte Breindel in St. Marys, Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of Elk County Christian High School in St. Marys, before moving on to higher education.
Charles attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, completing advanced degrees in mathematics. He also obtained a PhD in healthcare administration from Penn State. He married Josphine Sicheri in 1969 and together they had four children, Sara, Elizabeth, Rebecca and Tressa. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Sara’s children Sophia and Alexander, and Rebecca’s children Matthew and Gus.
During Charles’ distinguished first career he was a hospital administrator, consultant, professor and the dean of the MHA program at the medical college of Virginia Commonwealth University. He taught and helped develop healthcare systems in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. He had a great passion for travel, and traveled the world professionally and for pleasure.
After his marriage ended, Charles heard his calling to the priesthood. He entered the Theological College at Catholic University in Washington, D.C in 1996 and was ordained in 2000, after receiving his Masters in Divinity. He served as parochial vicar at St. Edward the Confessor, North Chesterfield (2000-2001), and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Newport News (2001-2002). His first pastorate was Sacred Heart, Danville (2002- 2011), when he was also pastor of St. Paschal Baylon, South Boston, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Brookneal. He next served as pastor of Church of the Ascension, Virginia Beach (2011-2013), and then Holy Spirit, Christiansburg, and Holy Family, Pearisburg (2013-2015).
After retirement, he joined St Gregory the Great in Virginia Beach, VA, where he frequently offered mass. He was well-known for his engaging homilies, which he shared with a large email list as well as during mass. He also self-published two editions of his memoirs. Fr Charles was a beloved member of the community at Marian Manor, where he last resided. He was a friend and advisor to many and his door was always open.
Charles was predeceased by his parents, as well as his brother Joseph. Along with his immediate family, he is survived by his brothers Jerome and Eugene and sister Patricia Wise.
A visitation will be held at 10:00 am at St. Gregory the Great, with a mass to follow at 11:00 am. A reception will follow at the church. Condolences may be left for the family at www.altmeyerfh.com.