Dr. Charles Thomas Schindler passed away peacefully at 4:50am on February 16th, 2021. Dr. Schindler was known as Chuck or Charlie to pretty much everyone that knew him. Born in Toledo, OH to Louis and Kathleen Schindler, Chuck was active in the Catholic Church in his early years. After graduating from High School, Chuck joined the Merchant Marines and served on the Great Lakes before heading off to get his undergraduate degree at Xavier University. Upon receiving his degree at Xavier, Chuck went on to study dentistry at Ohio State University and graduated with a doctorate in Dentistry. Chuck met his wife, Suzanne, shortly after getting his Doctorate and moved to Worthington, OH to open up the practice he would run until his retirement.
As a Dentist, Dr. Schindler did his best to make “going to the Dentist” as pleasurable as possible. Dr. Schindler helped his young patients feel comfortable and safe and his adult patients felt they were part of the family. Always concerned about giving back, Dr. Schindler made it a practice to cancel a patient’s debt on Christmas every year up to his retirement.
A thriving practice did not prevent Chuck from being active in the community and enjoying hobbies with friends and family. Summer’s were spent sailing, fishing and playing golf; with fall and winter filled with hiking and skiing. Chuck was very skilled with his hands and made many gifts that will be a treasured keepsake and reminder for years to come. His skills were not limited to gifts for friends and family, Chuck developed a putting aid for golfer’s that was patented and sold directly to consumers.
Chuck was blessed with a magnetic personality and was often the life of the party. He was interested in people; caring about their story just as much as he cared about sharing his. Humor was also important to Chuck and up until his last days, he always found something to laugh about.
Family was the life blood to Chuck’s existence. His three children provided him with eight grandchildren that he loved dearly. Scattered across the East Coast and Midwest, Chuck and his wife Suzanne spent weekends and holidays traveling to spend as much time with them as possible. Whether it was an after school concert or game, Chuck and Suzie did their best to be there to take pictures or just give hugs at the end of the event.
Chuck’s upbeat personality, never quit attitude, and interest in others blessed him with a multitude of friends that were with him throughout his life. These friends became important to him as, like all of us, challenges and set-backs popped up during his life. Chuck recently celebrated being sober for 36 years and was active with Alcoholics Anonymous. During his sobriety he did his best to honor the work of AA by being a sponsor to many who needed help. In his later years, Chuck suffered from a number of health related issues making his last days challenging. He was diagnosed with renal failure almost 15 years ago. A close friend donated a kidney, but his body rejected it and Chuck’s only choice was dialysis. Dialysis came with its own complications and Chuck’s health continued to suffer as the years went by. True to his character, Chuck remained positive and upbeat. He found something to celebrate every day. Every phone caller was greeted with a hearty “Hello” and treated with a heartfelt “I love you so much” at the end of the call. He was an inspiration to many as he spent his last days with us.
Chuck is survived by his spouse, Susie Schindler and two of his three children, Steve and Rebecca Schindler. Tragically his youngest son, Craig Schindler, passed away in his sleep just a few short days before his passing.
There will be a celebration of life with friends and family as soon as it is safe for all of us to be together.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the National Kidney Foundation – kidney.org/donation
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