Charles T. "Chuck" Klelis, 71 of North Caldwell passed away peacefully at St. Barnabas Medical Center on August 23, 2019.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a visitation for Chuck at the Galante Funeral Home, 54 Roseland Ave. Caldwell on Wednesday August 28 from 4-8 PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Notre Dame Church in North Caldwell on Thursday at 11 AM. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Born in Newark, Chuck was a longtime resident before moving to North Caldwell many years ago. A graduate of Barringer High School, Chuck continued his education at the Julliard School of Music in New York City, earning a master's degree. Chuck had a lifelong love and passion for music. He was a talented player of the double bass, piano, violin, and viola, among other instruments. Chuck worked with his passion every day as a music teacher at Arts High School in Newark, a position that he thoroughly enjoyed. A very well loved instructor, his former students kept in touch with him well after his retirement 11 years ago. Chuck also earned the prestigious honor of being a conductor for the Monmouth Symphony. Along with his love for music, Chuck cherished time spent tending to his garden; and was a longtime, faithful parishioner of Notre Dame Church.
The dear son of the late Edward and Amelia Klelis, Chuck leaves behind his loving sister Deb DeDominicis and her husband Nick; his niece Melissa Ghaffari and her husband Rahmin, nephew Nicholas DeDominicis III and his wife Christine. He was also the great-uncle of Isabelle DeDominicis, Aiden DeDominicis and Brayden Ghaffari, and is also survived by many loving cousins.