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William "Charley" Brinley Obituary


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“I think about my Dad every single day. So do my kids, not a day goes by that JJ doesn't say that he misses his Papa. I will forever be Daddy's little...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Carly Brinley - South Bend, IN

“I am saddened to learn of Charley's passing. Charley and I went to LaSalle and learned we were both planning to attend Manchester College so we...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Kent Zimmerman - Daayton, OH

“I wanted to thank everyone for their kind and funny memories of Charley. I miss him terribly and will continue to miss him for the rest of my life. ...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Sandra Brinley Mediavilla - FL

“So sorry to learn of Charley's passing. I knew and remember Charley From St Joseph Co. 4-H Horse And Pony and Junior Leader meetings. He was always...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Mark Malstaff - Brush Prairie, WA

“I'm so sorry for your loss. Charley was a great guy an always fun to be around. I first met Charley my freshman year in high school. I felt so...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Susan Szczechowski - South Bend, IN

“I was saddened to learn of Charley's recent passing. Though I had not seen Charley in over 40 years, I have many fond memories of playing together...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: John Timmons - Maricopa, AZ

“Rest in Peace Charley. We worked together in the late 70's. My dad, brother (Mark) and i all worked with Charley. He was a blast to be around. I will...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Dennis Hinsey - Niles, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories of Charlie bring you comfort. ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Tommy Leszcz - South Bend, IN

“Dear Kristi, Very saddened to read of your father's death. I was just thinking of you recently when I started my poetry unit again this year. I...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Robin Benevich - Granger, IN

“Charlie was a great guy. He had so much of his father in him. Much like Bill he would do anything for you. Now at rest---but I'll never forget him. ”
10 of 27 | Posted by: David Kamierzak - South Bend

“Cherished Friend, You always will remain in our hearts our forever and eternal "Best Man". May there be peace and rest now from your long earthly...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Jaiann Bryant Rains - Rocky Mount, NC

“Wonder what him and Big Jess are up to now....Just sayin! ”
12 of 27 | Posted by: Wanda Shannon - Mishawaka, IN

“Charlie was a good friend while I lived in So. Bend., and was also my Best Man at my wedding. My wife and I helped him campaign when he ran for city...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Richard Rains - Rocky Mount, NC

“Dear Brinley and Mediavilla families, Our hearts go out to you during this sad time. John fondly remembers growing up and sharing family events...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: John, Judy, Katie and Jeff Jankowski - VA

“Si sorry for your loss; I shared classes with Charley from kindergarten on.....always had a little crush on him:-). God bless you Charley. ”
15 of 27 | Posted by: Sally Walter Sorberg - South Bend, IN

“carley i am so sorry for your loss u are in are prayes and are heart plz if there is any thing we can do let us know ok love always debbie and...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: debbie and john ames - south bend, IN

“Heaven is a Little Brighter now......Rest In Peace Charley. ”
17 of 27 | Posted by: Jim Thomas - Ft Wayne, IN

“My sincere sympathy to the family.. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Several days ago Charley you said: "I want to go, I just want to go". ...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: JoAnn - South Bend, IN - Friend

“This picture is exactly the way I remember Charley looked... as I hadn't seen him in years...... Despite living life from childhood as an insulin...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: JEFF SASSE - Tampabay, FL

“A tremendous amount of memories and miles of smiles, that is Charley. From grade school to graduation from LaSalle High School and the horse barns...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Michael Jacobs - Prior Lake, MN

“Charlie was the sweetest ,kindest person in my school as I was growing up.I'll see you again in heaven Charlie. ”
21 of 27 | Posted by: Cindy (Gilchrist) Coronado

“Charley was always the epitome of fun and cool, which was really a hard combination way back when in German Township. I never recall him getting...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Mark Bradford - South Bend, IN

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. I hope you find comfort in your memories of your father and pray for strength for...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Nichole Williams Keller

“I remember you, Charley, as a sweet, funny and caring person. We dated for awhile and the first time you picked me up in your green Firebird there...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Debbie Hoyland-Lewis - Carmel, IN

“Dearest Wilson, Kristin, Carly and Chad, We were deeply saddened when we received the news of your dad. The loss must touch you very deeply as you...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Uncle Skip and Auntie Teri Ray - FL

“I'll always remember his sense of humor and his ability to make everyone laugh. I'll always remember his tinkering even though most thought his...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Pete Bradfield - South Bend, IN

“I knew Charley from high school and without a doubt a kind, fun loving gentle person..I'll always think of Charley driving his green Firebird..he...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: dennis gadacz - mishawaka, IN


William Charles "Charley" Brinley, age 60, a lifelong resident of South Bend, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2012, surrounded by his family.

Born on September 23, 1952, in St. Joseph's Hospital, South Bend, he was the son of Wilson J. Brinley and Eleanor (Lewiecki) Brinley (Poulin) both of whom predeceased him, Wilson in June of 1974 and Eleanor in December of 2007.

He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Marion and Mary (Terlecki) Lewiecki and paternal grandparents, Edward Charles and Daisy M. (Fuqua) Brinley as well as many, many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Survivors include children, Wilson Jay (Laura) Brinley of Kenosha, WI, Kristin (Brendan) DeMeester of South Bend, IN and their son, Jonah, Carly Ashley of South Bend, IN, and her children, J.J. and Calleigh, and Charles (Chad) Brinley of South Bend, IN; two sisters, Elizabeth Strauss of Orange Park, FL, and her family, son, James J. Strauss III, and daughter, Rebecca Strauss Jordan (Alan), and their children, Cassandra, Danielle and Edward Jordan all of Orange Park, FL; Sandra Brinley Mediavilla, of Naples, FL, and her family, son, Leo P. Mediavilla, Jr., and his son, Jazen Mediavilla of Naples, FL, daughter, Sarah E. (Mediavilla) Woelfer (W. Todd) and their daughters, Mia and Maren Woelfer of Granger, IN; a nephew, Charles (Charlie) Brinley Mediavilla of Naples, FL; last living uncle and aunt, Edward and Virginia Lewiecki of Hingham, MA; as well as many cousins throughout the U.S.; and by his dear friend and caretaker Marilyn Miosi.

Charley was a 1970 graduate of LaSalle High School and a 1974 graduate of Manchester College, Manchester, IN where he played on the soccer team. During his senior year in college, he was fortunate to be able to travel to Europe, visiting Paris, Great Britain, Austria, and Germany among others. He always said Austria was his favorite of them all. Charley had a great love of cars, especially Corvettes, which he would buy, sell, and trade. He also loved working on cars, spending hours repairing any of his automobiles that needed repairing, a trait inherited from his father, Wilson. Charley worked at Gurley Leep in Mishawaka as a Service Writer until his eyesight began to fail him. He was a member of Corpus Christi Church. He also was a volunteer with Reins of Life until his health prevented him from doing that. While he lost many close friends during his lifetime, he leaves behind more close friends and loved ones than can be counted. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Throughout his life and illness, he was always cheerful on the outside, though suffering and struggling on the inside.

A brief prayer service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2012, in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N, Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN, where visitation will follow until 4 p.m. At 4 p.m. there will be a time of sharing for anyone who would like to honor Charley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

He was a loving son, brother, uncle and father. God saw you getting tired, and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around you, and whispered "Come to Me." With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A loving heart stopped beating. Hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best. Your suffering is over, but our loss of you in our lives will never end. We'll see you in heaven some day.

To sign the online guest book, please visit Kaniewski.com.

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