Charles A. Crasten

Charles A. Crasten, “Charlie”, 89 of Dumont, NJ passed away on November 14, 2020, surrounded by the love of his family. He was born on April 11, 1931 in Bronx, NY to parents Arnold and Theresa Crasten.

Charles joined the National Guard in 1950 and served in the reserves for seven years. While in the service he married the love of his life, Elizabeth Buchwald, and they lived together inseparable for over 66 years. 

Charles returned to night school and was a 1960 graduate of Rutgers University where he studied Accounting and proudly earned his varsity letter in basketball. 

He was survived by his daughter Diane Tice and husband Jack of Norwood, NJ, daughter Donna Horizon of Richmond, VA, and daughter Dorothy Magnotta and husband David of Minden, NV; his six grandchildren, Sarah Rylick and her husband Jason, John N. Tice III and wife Nicole, Charlotte and Jenna Christensen, and Katelynn and Andrew Magnotta. 

Charles was lucky to be called Pa and PooPa by his great grandchildren Alyssa Rylick and Ashley and Lauren Tice. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Lynn Alimo. 

In his spare time, Charles enjoyed fishing, spending time in the Outer Banks, and telling old stories to his family and friends. He was a Civil War enthusiast and loved traveling to visit historic sites. 

Honoring Charles’ wishes, cremation was arranged by Pizzi Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Soldier’s Angels.


  1. oh dear daddy,
    Knowing that you are in a place where you are enlivened by beauty and in the presence of God and who knows who else 🙂 I am pleased. You are whole, you are loved and you are missed. My only wish is that you find a way to stay close to our hearts, somehow reaching through eternity to give us a “heads up” from time to time. I will keep my spirit open and ready.
    Words cannot express my love for you, but here are a few attempts…
    You are the most Authentic person I’ve ever known! You shared your special self freely with any one you met. You smiled. You danced silly. You made us laugh. My stories and life experiences were always heard deep within your listening heart and being able to hear you say – Ohhhh with such enthusiasm is what I will miss most. I suppose the first time I want to call you up, to share some great news, from now on will be the saddest time for me. You were my biggest fan, you were an amazing and very loved grandfather, a very cool dude and I will love you forever!
    Rest well, remember my love and gratitude, donna

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