Charles F. Finsel, 82, of Findlay, passed to eternal life, peacefully at 8:20 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Bowling Green.
He was born May 23, 1931, in Hancock County, to Ralph and Helen (Hoffbauer) Finsel. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Martha (Schwartzmiller) whom he married at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Riegel.
Charles also is survived by his eight children, Mark (Linda) of Findlay, Lucy (Tom) Bell of Toledo, Edward (Tracie) of Findlay, Elizabeth of Rifle of Colorado, Patrick of Lizton, Ind., Joan (Mitch) Draving of Lantana, Texas, Thomas of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Timothy (Nella) of Finday; eight grandchildren, Cole, Tayler and Halee Finsel, Nicholas, Benjamin and Melissa Finsel, Colin and William Draving; and two sisters, Mildred (Hubert) Naderer of Fostoria and Mary (Herbert) Gabel of Fremont.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings, Norman Finsel, Ursula Maciejewski, Barbara Zoltanski and Catherine Nofzinger.
He was a 1949 graduate of St. Wendelin High School, Fostoria. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-55. Then he moved back to Hancock County in 1958.
During his early years, he was an ambitious dairy and grain farmer; always self-employed. In 1996, he established C.F. Enterprises: a business which re-conditioned hardware and small machines and marketed in a four-state area. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish for 55 years and served on the parish council in the early 1980s.
His later years were lived with a diagnosis of dementia. Martha would like to request that friends and business acquaintances remember the person he was before his decline and forgive him for his transgressions.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, with a scripture service at 3:30 p.m.
His Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, downtown Findlay. Msgr. Michael Hohenbrink will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, Findlay.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Church Captial Campaign and/or Bridge Home Health and Hospice.
Online condolences may be made via www.coldrencrates.com.