Charles Theodore Roemer Jr. (Chuck Roemer) was born in Orange, NJ, raised in South Orange, NJ, and a 1948 graduate from Columbia High School in Maplewood NJ. He was an All-State High School football player, a graduate from Colgate University, and a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He married his high school sweetheart, Susanne K. Roemer and then served in the US Army during the Korean conflict. Charles & Susanne moved to New Providence, NJ where they raised their family and lived there for 20+years. Eventually moving to Gillette, NJ in 1979, they renovated a beautiful 1790 farmhouse. Charles was a District Sales Manager with General Electric Company for his entire career and retired in 1991 after 35 years of dedicated service. He was an active member and Sunday School Superintendent of the St. Luke’s Reformed Episcopal Church, in New Providence, NJ prior to his longtime membership at Long Hill Chapel in Chatham, where he served as an Elder and mentor for young men. He also was a past President of the Goodwill Rescue Mission in Newark and served for many years as an Assistant Scout Master and Pop Warner Football coach in New Providence, NJ. In his later years, he even became a certified member of the Long Hill Township Emergency Response Team. He was a Civil War buff, a supporter of many American Indian Foundations, an avid archeological learner and a devoted student of the Old and New Testaments. He loved camping, canoeing, fishing or anything outdoors – along with an immense love for God’s beauty and nature.
Chuck was the beloved husband of the late Susanne Kirberger Roemer. He was the loving father of Stephen Roemer, Lisa Towers and Cynthia Vandervort. He is survived by his children’s spouses, Sarah Pfhol Roemer, Jeffrey Towers, and Leland Vandervort. He is survived by his twelve cherished grandchildren: Heidi Moyer, Gretchen Wrenholt, Nathanael Towers, Bryce Roemer, Benjamin Towers, Katalin Miller, Stephen Vandervort, Andrew Towers, David Roemer, Adam Towers, Hannah Towers, and Deborah Vandervort. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren: Jude, Vail, Quinn, Haakon, Magnolia, Lillian, and Isaac. Additionally, he had many nieces and nephews, along with his dear and beloved sister, Ruth Boekenkroeger, from Pennsylvania. He was either “Uncle Chuck” or “Beba” to his family and many others.
Chuck was a wonderful man, a big encourager, who had solid values, a love for the Lord, and mentor to many. He impacted many lives, with his encouraging words, endless humor, yet sometimes bluntness, along with very good advice. He left a meaningful and joyous heritage for his family and friends to be long remembered. He will be missed dearly.