Calling Hours:
Thursday, July 22, 2021, 12:45pm-1:45pm
The Gathering Space of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church
85 N. High St., Greenville, PA

Mass of Christian Burial:
Thursday, July 22, 2021, 2:00pm
St. Michael Roman Catholic Church
85 N. High St., Greenville, PA
Rev. Christopher Barnes, Pastor, as celebrant

Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery

Charles J. McErlane, age 77, of W. Windridge Rd., Hempfield Twp., and formerly of Cape May, NJ, passed away peacefully Thursday morning July 15, 2021.

He was born in Philadelphia on December 21, 1943 to Charles G. and Anne (Curran) McErlane. Charlie was a 1961 graduate of St. Joseph Prep High School in Philadelphia and had attended Boston College University. He was a player and longtime coach in the Catholic league and in 1986 he started the women's basketball program at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, which he ran until 1990.

Charlie was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church and had been a dedicated member of A.A. For thirty-four years. He was a die hard Boston College and Notre Dame fan and he enjoyed watching and supporting his grandchildren's sporting events. Charlie also very much loved his dog “Bailey”.

On January 12, 1991 he married the former Joanne I. Carney, she survives. Also surviving are two daughters; Marianne Smith and her husband George and Heather McErlane and her companion Bryan McNamee, all of Philadelphia, two sons; Charles W. McErlane and his wife Jodi of Greenville and John C. McErlane and his wife Marnie of Philadelphia, a sister; Mary Beth Cohen and her husband Richard of Abington, PA and six grandchildren; Sean McErlane, Trent McErlane, Jake Gratzinger, Miranda Smith, Maeve McErlane and Taig McErlane. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister; Regina and his previous wife and mother of his children; Terry (Smith) McErlane.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.



  1. Joanne Lowry Joanne Lowry
    July 16, 2021    

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Blessings to you all.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    July 17, 2021    

    To all family members we pray God’s peace and blessings May Mr. McErlane rest in eternal peace. Ruth and Raul

  3. Gregory G Greenlee Gregory G Greenlee
    July 17, 2021    

    Sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for comfort. May the Lord continue to bless each of you with the fond memories of Charles, all the days of your life.

  4. John and Mary Kinney John and Mary Kinney
    July 17, 2021    

    So sorry for the loss of your brother, father, and husband. Zeke always made us feel like family. Extended family is so important! We will miss our funloving cousin! We enjoyed so many good times, especially at Thanksgiving! Zeke was always so good to our parents…we were so lucky Joanne and Zeke lived near them for so many years.

  5. Joanne Gallo Joanne Gallo
    July 17, 2021    

    Joanne & family, so sorry for your loss of Charles. He was a special person. I met him approximately 56 years ago through my husband Frank. He was a true and forever friend. I can hear his voice now and will always remember speaking with him on the phone. He had a gift that’s for sure. I know he and Frank are up there chatting away about sports and the latest games. My prayers & thoughts are with you every day. One day at a time, one step in front of the other. Love you guys. The McErlanes have always been special to me.

  6. Madeline Coccagna Madeline Coccagna
    July 18, 2021    

    Joanne, I am so sorry for you and your family at this time. Please know we will have all of you
    in our prayer that the grace you receive will relieve this pain and bring you to a more peaceful

  7. Sister Irene Dunn (Sean Marie) Sister Irene Dunn (Sean Marie)
    July 21, 2021    

    Joanne, I am sorry for your loss. Be assured of my prayers.

  8. Judy D'Arcy Judy D'Arcy
    July 23, 2021    

    Dear Joanne, I have been thinking about all of your family today, the day of Charlie’s Celebration of his Life and a special life it was. Four wonderful children and the love of his life, you Joanne. We met at the Boulevard Pool many years ago and have been life long friends since then. I remember his special smile, gift of gab and his great dancing, especially the jitterbug. We have all missed seeing you since your move but I am so glad we could spend that time with you on our way home from Chicago. Take care of yourself and Rest In Peace our dear friend, Charlie.

    Judy & Bill

  9. Bernadine Murray Bernadine Murray
    July 25, 2021    

    Joanne & family,
    I m so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Charlie’s kindness, his big smile and his phenomenal memory.
    My prayers and love are with you all now and always.

  10. Mike Curran Mike Curran
    July 26, 2021    

    Joanne, Charles, John, Mary Beth and Heather,

    My condolences on your loss. I have a lot a fond memories of Zeke and all of you. Zeke and Joanne were always extremely caring and kind to my parents in their later years in Cape May and I will always be very grateful for that.

  11. Mary Walsh (Patrick Mary) Mary Walsh (Patrick Mary)
    August 8, 2021    

    You and Charlie stopped by Cape Point many years ago, and I was delighted to meet him-such a lovely warm gentleman. You and your family are in my/our prayer during this difficult time.

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