January 19, 1924 — April 8, 2018 GLENS FALLS — Charles Kudan born Jan. 19, 1924 passed away the morning of April 8, 2018.
Charles “Chuck” was born to Nathan and Mary Kudan of Glens Falls, New York, one of five siblings. Predeceased by his parents, sister, Sylvia and brother, Max. He is survived by his brother, Norman Kudan of Glens Falls, New York and Rabbi Harold Kudan, of Chicago, Illinois; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
Charles was a medic in WWII. He landed on Omaha Beach D-Day plus 6.
Charles went to St. Lawrence University on the GI Bill. He met the “love of his life,” Georgia Rose Heppe and they married in 1951. They had three children. Their marriage was unique in its day as Charles came from an Orthodox Jewish family and Georgia from a Lebanese Maronite Catholic and German Lutheran family. Each of their respective families reflected the love and respect Georgia and Chuck had for each other. Defying social, religious and cultural norms — their marriage was accepted and their family embraced and loved.
Charles was Assistant Director of Probation for Westchester County until he retired in 1986. Also, as a psychiatric social worker he helped to initiate and operationalize the community care program for hospitalized veterans at Montrose VA Hospital.
Chuck’s wife Georgia predeceased him in 1998. Charles is survived by his daughter, Barbara O’Brien (Dennis) of Cold Spring, New York; grandsons, Devin and Aaron O’Brien of Brooklyn, New York; his son John Kudan of New York City and his daughter Elizabeth Kudan (Christine Ulrich) of Beacon, New York.
He was a man of service, a beloved father, generous, always funny and full of love and life, infinitely kind, wise and steadfast; the consummate husband, father, brother, uncle and friend.