IN MEMORIAM: Charles A. Werner, founding partner of Labor law firm Schuchat, Cook and Werner


Charles A. Werner, a lawyer who dedicated his life’s work to promoting and protecting the rights of union workers, died Dec. 7 at the age of 90.

Brother Werner was a founding partner of the Labor law firm Schuchat, Cook and Werner.

He and his firm represented unions in Missouri and Illinois, including electricians, teachers and musicians. He was a zealous and tireless protector of the rights of working people not only in court rooms, negotiations, or arbitrations, but as a leader in the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Committee, The Missouri Bar Labor Committee and as president of the Metropolitan Bar Association of St. Louis.

Sally Barker, an attorney at his firm said, “Charles was respected in Missouri and Illinois, and nationally.  His generous personality and sense of humor made friends for him on both sides of the law.”

Brother Werner was the devoted husband of Mary Louise “Gigi” Werner, loving father of three, Catherine Werner, Steven Werner and Lynn Marsden (née Werner), and beloved father-in-law of Tim Marsden and the late Cole Campbell, and was blessed with four adoring grandchildren, Caroline Marsden, James Marsden, Ava Marsden and Clarke Campbell.

Brother Werner is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Joseph Losos, and his sister-in-law, Debbi Schuver (Louis Gonzalez), of California.

A Memorial Service was held Sunday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. at Congregation Shaare Emeth.


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