Obituary for Charles Francis Gonet of Pinehurst

Charles Francis Gonet, “Charlie,” 91, of Pinehurst, passed peacefully at the FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital on Tuesday, May 24th.

Born in Norwich, CT. on August 22, 1930, he was the son of the late William and Eva Stepanik Gonet.  Charlie grew up in Norwich, Connecticut and he was a graduate of Norwich Free Academy High School, class of 1948.  After graduation, he served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, earning the rank of S/SGT before his honorable discharge.  Charles returned home where he attended Mitchell College, graduating in 1948 with an engineering degree. 

He went on to work for Robertson Paper Box Co. as a packaging designer, then owned and operated Saturn Design. 

Charlie married Monica Parent and they relocated to the Sandhills of NC where they enjoyed traveling and camping.

 Charlie created many award-winning package designs, which were locally and internationally recognized.  He was also proud of his work with children, teaching confirmation classes and serving communion to Seniors in nursing homes. He had a very strong Christian faith and loved the Lord dearly.  He had an amazing sense of humor and was kind and loving to all those he met.  He especially loved his two cats, Panini and Ruby.

Charles is survived by his wife of 45 years, Monica Rita Gonet.  He was the father of Deb Hempstead, husband Chris, and Monica (predeceased).  Charles is also survived by his two grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his eight brothers and sisters.

Funeral Mass will be conducted on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 11 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pinehurst, NC. Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Tuesday, May 31st at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines.

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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