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Charles Donald Missar
Viewing: Friday Feb. 12, 2016 from 4-8PM
Service: Saturday Feb. 13, 2016 at 11:00AM
Location: Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament


 Charles Missar, 90, died Tuesday, January 26, 2016 of a heart attack after a short illness. 

Charley was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 16, 1925, the oldest of three children of Charles and Genevieve Missar. After graduating from Cathedral Latin High School he entered Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and then St. Mary''s Seminary in Cleveland before departing in 1949. He completed undergraduate studies in 1951 at John Carroll University and entered the United States Army serving in Germany. He then settled in Washington, DC, where he completed his Master of Library Science degree at the Catholic University of America in 1960. After working briefly at the US Weather Service and the Library of Congress, he began working at the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (later the US Department of Education) in 1966. His primary work centered around the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), where he founded and managed the Education Research Library. After retiring from the government in 1986 he spent nearly a decade with Computer Sciences Corporation as an editor before forming Missar Associates with his late wife, Margaret Mary. Charley was a member of the American Library Association, Special Libraries Association (chairman 1989-90), and the American Society of Information Science. He edited Management of Federally Sponsored Libraries in 1995. In addition to his professional work, Charley was very active in numerous groups. He served as a lector and Eucharistic Minister for decades at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the John Carroll Society and the Cosmos Club, and was also active with the Christ Child Society. He dedicated many years with the Serra Club, promoting priestly vocations, and served twice as its local chapter''s president. He was also very active at Chevy Chase House, his home for the past six years. Charley was predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Margaret Mary duFief who died in 2002. He is survived by his sons, David (Kate) and Stephen, as well as his four grandchildren: CJ, Matt, Bronwyn, and Justin. He is also survived by his two sisters, Rae Marie Wojtasiewicz and Jeanne Visk, and many nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be Friday, February 12 in the Duffy Chapel at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 3630 Quesada St., NW, Washington, DC, from 4 to 8 p.m. 

The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 13 at Blessed Sacrament.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 4200 Harewood Rd., NE, Washington, DC 20017 and the Christ Child Society, 5101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, #304, Washington, DC 20016. 

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