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Charles J. Andrysiak

Chuck passed away Monday, March 9, 2020 from injuries sustained in a car accident.

He was born September 10, 1961 in Kalamazoo, the son of Eugene and Mary (Kurlenda) Andrysiak. For over 29 years Chuck had been a senior process development specialist at Pfizer until his retirement.

Chuck was kind to everyone and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed collecting coins, being outdoors, golfing, hunting, spending time up north, going to garage sales, mushroom hunting and was happiest when surrounded by his family.

Surviving are his siblings, Rosalie (Don) Philipp of Alamo, Dick (Evelyn Blain) Andrysiak of Galesburg and John (Debbie) Andrysiak of Martin; 8 nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews and his good friend, Lynda Wingfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Rob Philipp.

Friends may visit with Chuck’s family from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM, Monday, March 16, 2020 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and starting at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Father Paul Redmond officiating.

Burial will follow at Minor Cemetery in Watson Township.

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William Jones

March 12, 2020 at 5:36 pm

I am deeply saddened by Chuck’s premature passing. My heart goes out to all of his family.


Cathy Brockington

March 12, 2020 at 5:55 pm

It has been my great pleasure to have known and worked with John through the Allegan County Democratic Party. He was a gentle soul, always offering his wonderful ideas and keeping us on track during our discussions and our work together. I am so sorry to learn of his passing. John was a wonderful guy and I treasure every moment that I was able to spend with him. I will miss him very much. Please accept my deepest sympathies.


Tom Richmond

March 12, 2020 at 6:22 pm

I am sorry to hear about Chuck. We worked together thru the Allegan Dems and he will be greatly missed. I will not be able to attend either the visitation or funeral. He will continue to be remembered as a kind and giving person.


Brian Middleton

March 12, 2020 at 7:33 pm

I am saddened to hear about Chuck’s passing. I too met Chuck and his Brother John thru the Allegan County Democratic Party. It was always a pleasure to be around Chuck and John as they brought their passion and ideas forward to keep the group moving forward. I am unable to attend the services but send my well wishes to his family and friends.


Jay Roberts Eveland

March 12, 2020 at 10:25 pm

To possess such a kind demeanor is a gift. To hold patience in stressful situations is a greater gift. The great gifts that Chuck possessed did not go unnoticed, but always taught lessons. I was awaiting learning so much more from him. My heart is sad for his untimely departure from this life’s journey. Blessings to all!


Jim and Linda Kauppi

March 12, 2020 at 10:52 pm

As others have said Chuck was an unusually thoughtful man, helpful, calm and always kind in whatever activity was undertaken. He was smart too, with considerable knowledge of government and politics and so much more. We would do well to remember him often, and his always decent presence.

Jim & Linda Kauppi


Steve Brelje

March 13, 2020 at 10:40 am

I worked with Chuck for a long time a Upjohn/Pharmacia/Pfizer. He was a very skilled technician and a great person. i enjoyed every minute of working with him. I am so sorry for your loss.


Essie Adrian

March 13, 2020 at 12:25 pm

I am deeply saddened to hear of Chuck’s passing. He was a wonderful person and always willing to help with anything that was asked of him. Also, he would volunteer to take charge of any project large or small. Both he and John major source of the success of our Allegan County Democratic Party Garage Sales by donation items they had obtained from Auctions, picking up donations, storing them in their pole barn, helping to set up for the sales, tear it down, pack up and store again for the next sale. Oh yes, we’ve even been know to go “dumpster diving” Plus many other things they have done that are too numerous to mention. It’s so sad as well that he had just began the wonderful joy of retirement. Keeping your memories and the joy of knowing you in my heart. My condolences and prayers to his family


Trish & Dave Oberg

March 13, 2020 at 7:54 pm

It is very sad to hear about Chuck’s passing. We met Chuck through the Democratic Party for Allegan county. He was always a friendly face and we enjoyed immensely knowing him. He is missed.

Trish & Dave Oberg


Janice Kurlenda

March 15, 2020 at 8:37 am

Rosalie and Family. I am so sorry for the loss of Chuck. I pray that God comforts and brings you Peace. Love you


Kitae Hong

March 15, 2020 at 7:49 pm


I am so sorry about Chuck. He was such a nice guy. I will miss him very much too. My prayers are with him, you and your family.



James Baas

March 15, 2020 at 8:11 pm

John I want you and your family to know that Chuck was a good neighbor, He also was easy to work with on Planning commission of Watson Township. He always came by and told me of important information from Township. He will be missed


James Baas

March 15, 2020 at 8:17 pm

Johb you and Chuck were good neighbors, Chuck will be miss. I enjoyed working with him on Watson township vplanning com. He was also very good at stopping by and keeping me informed of township concerns. He will be missed by all of us.


Dan Danoski

March 16, 2020 at 4:51 am

I was Chuck’s parents paper boy many years ago when Chuck was 8-9 years old. ( and had blond , curly hair ) He was a decent , kind person even then, and a little shy. In recent years, I encountered Chuck again through mutual friends. And I am very glad I did.

My deepest sympathy goes out to John and his family.


Kevin Travis

March 16, 2020 at 10:09 am

Chuck had a kind heart and gentle soul. That kindness extended to his concern for others within our community. We will also miss his analytical brain, Chuck wanted to make sure nothing was missed before making decisions that impacted the community, and he made the community better for it. I’m still in shock and disbelief as I write this. I pray John has a speedy recovery and my thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

God Bless.


Silvia Phillips-Salemka

March 16, 2020 at 10:51 am

Chucky was my partner in crime at Upjohn, Pharmacia and Pfizer. The memories you brought to my life will be with me forever. They didn’t have the term at the time but you were my work spouse. You were one of a kind and will be dearly missed. Remember the poem I made JUST for you.

Chucky Wucky was a ducky

Chucky Wucky had a trucky

He got stucky in the mucky

Chucky Wucky wasn’t Lucky

He loved it and that’s all that mattered.

Miss you Bro!



Shannon and Jennie Radcliffe

March 17, 2020 at 7:51 am

Both Jennie and I had the privilege of working with Chuck for many years in B91. He was the kindest and most genuine individual you could ever meet. His willingness to help anytime, anywhere for anyone was simply amazing. He was a true gentleman to everyone. I will especially miss talking to him about golf, a passion we both shared. He was respected by ALL here at Pfizer and an absolute joy to be around. We will miss him tremendously and our deepest sympathies go out your family.


Cathy Pardee

March 17, 2020 at 8:15 am

We met Chuck thru the Democratic Party and Ken & I worked with Chuck at Watson Township. He was a long time Planning Commission member and Township Trustee. He was a dedicated man with high ideals and ethics. He was always ready to volunteer to help with projects and extra events in the Township. There is nothing better than a good man and Chuck was a very good man. Our thoughts are with his brother John and all of the family. Since we are older ; Unfortunately due to the Corona Virus we will not be able to attend the funeral service.


Marian Zwart

March 17, 2020 at 11:46 am

Dear family and friends of Chuck,

I am truly sorry for your loss. I worked with Chuck for many years at Pfizer where I appreciated his friendly, thoughtful, and kind nature. You are in my thoughts today as you celebrate his life and mourn your loss.

Wishing you Peace and comfort in the difficult days ahead,

Marian Zwart


Dave Sirotti

March 17, 2020 at 12:16 pm

Chuck was once of those truly good persons that we meet all too rarely. My condolences to you for this untimely loss.


paula Makowski

March 17, 2020 at 1:13 pm

Chuck and I grew up on Tampa street on the eastside of Kalamazoo. I remember every day playing basketball in his driveway, climbing the cherry tree at his house eating veg’s out of his fathers garden listing to the Tigers on a radio. We just got in touch on Facebook after 40 some years and it sadden me that he has passed. But I am so greatfull that I had such a great friend growing up. I will always smile when I remember you Chuck and my thoughts are with the family for your loss.


Tom and Linda Clark

March 17, 2020 at 3:17 pm

My fondest memory of Chuck was canvassing a neighborhood in Saugatuck for Obama in fall of 2008. It was a beautiful day – full of fervor and spirit that Chuck made fun because his dry sense of humor never failed him. Chuck was a true gentleman, as is his brother John, to whom we send our best wishes for a speedy recovery and our sincerest condolences.

With sympathies to Chuck’s large and loving family. He will be missed.


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