Charles Edward Monola

Sissonville, WV

Charles Edward Monola

Charles Edward Monola, 60, of Sissonville, formerly of Erie, PA, passed away on September 12, 2018 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

Born on December 14, 1957, in Erie, PA, Charlie was the son of the late Mary Margaret Francis Monola and Wilbert E. Monola.  The youngest of 4 children, Charlie started his love of aviation at an early age and continued to be his passion in life.  A graduate of Cheyenne Aero Tech, he began his aviation career in Oklahoma working for American Airlines. He was employed by North Coast Air in Erie, PA before moving to West Virginia to accept his dream job.

Charles E. Monola, Aviation Safety Inspector, Employed at the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Charleston, WV Flight Standards District Office, employed 12 Years beginning on September 5, 2006. While as an Assistant Principal Maintenance Inspector, Charlie served the citizens of the United States of America by ensuring the safety of the National Airspace System thorough investigation, surveillance and certification of numerous commercial and private aviation entities.  During his career, he was the Investigator in Charge on numerous aircraft incident and accident investigations in a district covering most of the State of West Virginia and a portion of the State of Virginia.  In addition to his primary duties as an Aviation Safety Inspector, Charlie was the Office On-The-Job Training Program Manager, an Inspector Trainer, and Office Program Administrator for the employee occupational safety and health programs.  His extensive knowledge, diligent effort and attention to detail all contributed to his successful career, earning him respect by all who knew him in the field of Aviation Safety.  The distinctive service accomplishments of Inspector Charles E. Monola reflect credit upon himself and the Federal Aviation Administration.  Inspector Monola was a true gentleman, a good father, a good man, and a person the men and women of the Charleston, WV Flight Standards District Office will miss with heavy hearts.

Charlie is survived by his loving children Ashley and James, sisters Geraldine (Edgar) Cruft of Scottsdale, AZ, Mary (Thomas) Gamble of Erie, PA, and Jonilee (John) Hlusko of Erie, PA as well as several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial to Honor the Life of Charlie will be held at 12:00 pm, Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Church, South Charleston with Father John Finnell officiating. Burial will be in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Sissonville. Family and Friends may visit on Monday, September 17, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memories of Charlie may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary listing. Snodgrass Funeral Home is assisting the Monola family with these arrangements.

20 replies
  1. Erica Lester says:

    Charles was a great man. Definitely someone who I looked up to. He always had a smile on his face. He raise two amazing children who are just awesome. It breaks my heart because I knew how close he was with his kids, always guiding them to a better future. I will be praying for his family to stay strong.

  2. Pamela G Verity says:

    Ashley and James, and Jonilee – my deepest sympathies for at the loss of your brother and father. Much love and prayers.

  3. Marylou Szumigale Rosio says:

    My deepest sympathies to Charlie’s children as well as his siblings Mary, Geri and Jonilee. I knew Charlie, Mary and Jonilee when growing up in Erie, PA. I would be at their childhood home on Nevada Drive on several occasions. I got the opportunity to see and talk with Charlie a few years ago when he came back to Erie to visit his Mother Marge at St. Mary’s. He will be missed by many. Rest In Peace Charlie.

  4. Marilyn Reiser says:

    Ashley and James,
    Please accept my condolences. Your dad was such a kind and gentle man and so solicitious to the two of you.
    Know you are and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Ms. R. OLCS

  5. Marylou Szumigale Rosio says:

    My sincere sympathies to Charlie’s children Ashley and James as well as his siblings Geri, Mary and Jonilee. I knew Charlie while growing up in Erie, PA and got many opportunities to see him while visiting his sister Mary at their childhood home on Nevada Drive. I also got a chance to see and talk with him a few years ago whien he came back to Erie to visit his Mother Marge while she was at St. Mary’s. I remember the nice conversation we had then. He was such a nice man. Rest In Peace Charlie!

  6. Jill Lutton says:

    To Ashley, James, Mary, and to all the Monolas— my heavy heart is with you all. Charlie was such a kind and good man.

  7. Gina PA says:

    My sympathies to Ashley, James and Charlie’s entire family. Charlie and I worked together at NCA. He was a good friend and mentor. I could ask him any aviation related question and he always had an answer. Charlie was such a nice person and I’ll miss him.

  8. Debby Nash says:

    To my cherished children Ashley and James,

    My heart breaks, but still goes out to you. Your father was a good husband and dad. Through good times and bad he was always there for you. Something I hoped and prayed for that I could be also.

    Know that my thoughts and prayers go out to you both during this trying time. I wished I could be there for you but I respect your privacy. I wish that I could talk to you but I have no way to do that. Perhaps someday.

    Know that I am with you each and every day in my heart and mind.

    May God‘s love and his mother Mary be with you always.

    I love you both very very much (always have:)


  9. Mary Haley, Waterford Pa says:

    So very sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was one of kind and I fondly remember the time years ago that we had the chance to spend together. My deepest Sympathies go out to his children and His sisters and their family’s. Rest in peace my friend.

  10. Michael Holbrook says:

    Those of us, here at MARPAT Aviation, are sadly surprised to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was always there to help us, when called upon. He will be sorely missed.
    Mike Holbrook
    Jeff Holbrook
    Josh Smith

  11. Sr. Jean McGinty, RSm says:

    Mary, Tom and /Family. My thoughts and prayers at this special time in the life of your family.
    We will be praying for you all and will join you in spirit on Tuesday.

    Sr. Jean McGinty

  12. Peoples tax Tammy Presley, Monica Whitlock, and gang says:

    So so Ashlee and James if there is anything you need that we can help you with feel free to call on is. We always looked forward to your dads visits. He always had a smile on his face.

  13. Diane Hoffman Robinson says:

    My sympathy and friendship goes out to Charlie’s family. My high school years were filled with fun and loving memories of Charlie, his parents and sisters. While we lost touch, I’ve thought about Charlie many times over the years. He was taken Home too soon, but will never be forgotten on earth, as he rejoices in paradise until we all meet again.

  14. Rob Lynn says:

    I was very saddened to learn of Charlie’s passing. I am one of the many aviation mechanics that Charlie has helped and mentored over the years. Nobody likes visiting the FAA, but Charlie was always very personable, helpful, and genuine. I sincerely benefitted from every visit he and I had together. This a great loss to the aviation community. I wish to express my deepest sympathies to the Monola family.

  15. John Riggs says:

    Ashley, James and family, Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Charlie was the epitome of what we should all strive to be; kind, selfless, genuine and generous. I will miss Charlie as a colleague, but more so as a friend. Please lean on me and your FAA family at anytime you need help and support. Sincerely,

  16. Andy Pierce, FAA says:

    To Charlie’s family, I have known Charlie since the early 1990s. He was my mechanic when I was in Erie, and he turned into a good friend over the years. I was totally shocked and saddened to hear of his death. He will be missed by many.

  17. philip Mason boyd says:

    To: Charlies family
    Please know the pilots and mechanics at Mallory airport suffer with you for your loss and have you in our prayers. he was a friend to all, a wonderful person and will be missed

  18. Robert Reckert, FAA says:

    Charlie was always the first to say; yes I can do that or would stand up to help. I will remember Charlie as a thoughtful, hard-working, selfless man who cared deeply about his family, friends, and aviation safety. I am at a loss for words, but as part of his FAA family, his legacy will be remembered.

  19. Curtis Pennington says:

    Charlie would always go the extra mile to help. Sorry for your loss,he will be missed. I am proud to have called him my friend.

  20. Peter Mirales, FAA says:

    I’m very sorry to hear this sad news. I met Charlie, Ashley & James while going thru indoc classes in OKC back in 2007. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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