Charles M. Oldani of Mattituck, formerly of Derwood, Maryland, died Jan. 8, 2018 at Southside Hospital after suffering a stroke four days earlier. He was 90 years old.
He was born on September 30, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri to Carlo G. and Rosa C. (nee Longoni) Oldani. He grew up on “The Hill,” a famous Italian section of St. Louis.
From 1945 to 1948, he served in the United States Coast Guard and was honorably discharged as an electronics technician first mate (ET/1C). He later attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.
For 32 years he was an engineer with IBM Federal Systems Division. At IBM, he helped develop the first air traffic control system and later worked on the development of computer systems for the Hubble Space Telescope. As a result, he won numerous awards at IBM for assisting world governments’ air traffic control systems in the Soviet Union, Iran, Australia and Great Britain. He was a member of IEEE – Professional Engineers Association.
Predeceased by his siblings Claude S. Oldani of Florissant, Missouri and Mary J. Sly of San Jose, California, he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy (nee Norris), three children, Margaret R. “Maggie” Stalfort of Wilmington, North Carolina, Carlo W. Oldani of New Bern, North Carolina and David J. Oldani of Felton, Delaware, five grandchildren, Timothy Lynch Oldani, Jaime C. Stalfort, Natalie A. Oldani, Mia J. Oldani and Charles W. Oldani and by three nieces and five nephews.
The family received friends on Jan. 11 at the De-Friest Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck. The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 12 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church, officiated by Monsignor Joseph W. Staudt.
Interment with U.S. Coast Guard honors was at Calverton National Cemetery.