In Memory

Charles Arthur Reichwein - Class Of 1953

Charles Arthur Reichwein

In loving memory of Charles Arthur Reichwein (September 11, 1933 - November 21, 2008).  A California native and longtime Pasadena businessman, Charles peacefully died at home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after a long struggle with Parkinsons disease.  At his side was his devoted wife Diane (Harrison) of 35 years who spent many years providing excellent care to her loving husband.

After serving in the US Army, Charles attended USC and graduated from UC Berkeley.  For over 30 years, "Art" as he was known by patrons at Fremont and Purdon in Pasadena, was a partner in the automobile repair business founded by his father in 1936 and which provided tow service during the early years of the Rose Parade.  For 25 years , Charles was a member of the Altadena Congregational Church, where his love of music and singing found expression in the choir.  An accomplished baker, Charles delighted in treating church members, his family, and neighbors with his gourmet desserts.  In 1998, Charles and Diane retired to Taos, New Mexico where he loved the peaceful serenity of the landscape, long walks with his dog, listening to classical music, and camping in the great outdoors.

Charles will be fondly remembered for his dedication to his family and as a caring, kindly, and saintly man by his son Martin Reichwein (Shannon), step-children Alice Sterling (Michael), Cynthia Steffen, Joseph Steffen, and Helen Cushman (Tom), ten grandchildren and a great-grandson.  His warmth and compassion as a father was also bestowed on many foster children who were provided a safe sanctuary in his home in Altadena.

Pasadena Star-News, December 31, 2008