Obituary for Dr. Charles Thomas Schindler

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Dr. Charles Thomas Schindler

August 9, 1936 - February 16, 2021


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

Kit Heffernan Hoff posted on April 28, 2021

So sorry to about Dr. Schindler. I worked for him when he had his practice on E. Broad St and then for awhile in his practice in Worthington. He was great to work for and I sometimes would babysit for Steve, Becky and Craig. Great boss fun to work for and good tell the best jokes. RIP Kit Heffernan Hoff


John Stamm posted on March 15, 2021

I am so sad to hear if Chucks passing. Dr. Schindler was not just my dentist but was blessed to call him my friend. I still tell people the story on how he would experiment with procedures. I had a very stubborn tooth that came in over top of a baby tooth that never fell out. Chuck said “John, if we put a piece of bonding material on the tooth...attach a small rubber band to the material we could pull that tooth right into position. It worked! Every time I would come to the office he had to show every person, staff and patient his handy work. He was also a pretty good racket ball player too! We moved to Atlanta and never had a dentist like Chuck! We came back to Columbus two years ago and I regret not reaching out to say hello and thank him for all he did for our family! God Bless you Chuck! Jesus got himself one heck of a dentist and a better man!


Doug Price posted on March 15, 2021

Very sad to hear about both Chuck and Craig. Chuck was our family dentist for 20+ years, and Craig worked for me in HS at Franco's. Great people.


Janice Knasel posted on March 3, 2021

A friend referred me to Dr. Schindler sometime in the mid 70’s. From that time on I looked forward to going to the dentist & stayed with his practice until he retired. It was like visiting a friend with interesting conversations about biking, hiking, traveling and all things OSU. I first visited Hessel, Michigan after hearing the story of a wooden model boat on display in his office. Over the years I had a lot of dental work and was grateful for his competence, humor and kindness. Staff were always friendly and it was a very welcoming place to be. I will always have many fond memories of Dr. Schindler, Susie and his staff. I was very saddened to hear of his health issues and recent passing. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.


Sara (Kennedy) Todd posted on March 1, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Chuck's (and Craig's) passings. Chuck's escapades were always entertaining to hear about, and he was very supportive when I needed a favor. (I once had to "interview" a professional for a high school class, and I chose Chuck, who kindly spent as much time with me as I needed to answer my silly questions.) It seems like it was only yesterday that I ran into him in the White Castle on Henderson Road, and was delighted to see and hear that he was his usual jovial self. I am shocked to realize that the encounter happened in another millennium! And of course I have fond memories of the entire Schindler family and the many times I babysat while the kids were little. We even stored the Edsel ambulance in our garage for a while! I am thinking of all of you now, and wish I could offer my condolences in person.


Cindy Wentz posted on March 1, 2021

I'm one of the lucky ones to be part of the friends list. Wishing the family peace as they adjust to their new life.


Sue Packard posted on February 28, 2021

It has been many years now since I was a patient of Dr Schindler. But I remember him clearly and with great fondness. He taught me not to fear dentistry and after I made a move out of the Columbus area, I continued to make the drive to his office for several years. He was always upbeat and very welcoming. We only knew each other professionally yet he always made me and everyone feel like a friend. My daughter has a small chandelier which he made for her dollhouse. She plans to hand down that dollhouse to her grandchildren and along with it will go the story of Dr Schindler's workmanship and generosity with that gift to us. My prayers are for you and your family at this difficult time.


Sue Packard posted on February 28, 2021

It has been many years now since I was a patient of Dr Schindler. But I remember him clearly and with great fondness. He taught me not to fear dentistry and after I made a move out of the Columbus area, I continued to make the drive to his office for several years. He was always upbeat and very welcoming. We only knew each other professionally yet he always made me and everyone feel like a friend. My daughter has a small chandelier which he made for her dollhouse. She plans to hand down that dollhouse to her grandchildren and along with it will go the story of Dr Schindler's workmanship and generosity with that gift to us. My prayers are for you and your family at this difficult time.


Mark Stevens posted on February 28, 2021

I’m crushed by Chucks passing and send my love to all of my extended family. I think of all of the time that we shared together and remember everything so fondly. Our families literally were inseparable and remember so much. (Sadly not EVERYTHING as most parties were kinda crazy!!!) 😀 Love you all and will see you this summer. Love Mark


Clark Purdy posted on February 28, 2021

Chuck and Clark were engaged in each of our respective occupations near the downtown and became close friends and which on to include our wives, Susan & Bette. As we wound down our working years we began to travel and maintain close relationships which have continued until distances and life changes have pulled us apart. Now we are relocated to a Independent living community near Rochester Michigan but our wonderful memories will forever endure. We are sorry for the health difficulties that Chuck endured but so admire the strength and total support to Chuck from Susie.


Clark Purdy posted on February 28, 2021

The memories of Chuck for Bette and go back in to the '70's where Chuck and I were engaged in our businesses near the Columbus downtown. This friendship flourished and soon included our wives, Susan & Bette. As we worked thru those early year


Clark Purdy posted on February 28, 2021

In memory of , Clark Purdy lit a candle


Joe Emsweller posted on February 28, 2021

Remembering our days at the Varsity Club and as one his patients. May he rest in peace.


Erin Bunner Trott posted on February 28, 2021

Hi Susie. I worked part time for Chuck after I graduated from hygiene school around 1991. I also worked for my dad Dr Dan Bunner at the same time.. I just loved his attitude and sweet disposition. It was around the time he invented the putting wand and he was so proud of it. I’m so sorry to hear that he and your son have passed away. Please know as I’m sure you do that he will be very missed. I always asked other dentists about him after I started working fill tome for my dad. What a wonderful person and dentist all of them said about him. Sending love to you and yours. Erin 🌸


Mack and Colleen Parkhill posted on February 28, 2021

Dear Sue, Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your husband and son. We remember you and your husband fondly from Worthington Presbyterian Church. We pray that your faith and your family will give you the strength to help you through this time. We are thinking of you and praying for you all. Mack and Colleen Parkhill


Kenneth Underwood posted on February 28, 2021

Chuck was a good friend and an inspiration to everyone who he came in contact with. He will be sorely missed and we pray for the good fortune we hope his family will experience. We would drive an hour to visit Chuck at his Indian Lake home because he had such a positive attitude. He will be remembered as a devoted leader of his family. Ken and Jan Underwood


Ann and Joe Shay posted on February 28, 2021

What a great positive friend! It was always a treat to be in his company and he will be missed by Ann and myself.!!Joe Shay


Sharon Izzi posted on February 27, 2021

Most fondly, I offer my condolences to Suzie, Rebecca and all of the family! I shall always remember his warm and friendly presence at Indian Lake, when I would arrive next door, to visit my son and his family. And sympathy, for the passing of your son and your brother also! May they rest in peace! Sending virtual hugs and prayers. Sharon Izzi


Lori posted on February 26, 2021

Sorry for both of your losses.


Dr. Salvatore P. Lowry posted on February 25, 2021

Charlie will be sorely missed by his colleagues and patients. I send my deepest condolences to Susie and the family. May Eternal Light shine upon Dr. Charles Schindler. Sal Lowry, D.D.S.


Charlotte Michael posted on February 25, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Dr. Schindler from OSU Student Health, he was such a kind person, always offered a friendly hello. May he rest in peace and may God's eternal light shine upon him. Amen


Sandra Marshall posted on February 24, 2021

Sorry for your lost! Chuck was a wonderful fun loving person when I met him through being Rebecca’s friend for years. I will miss his humor! My heart goes to your families.


Ann Block posted on February 24, 2021

So many wonderful memories of the Schindler Family. Indian Lake, camping and the infamous vomit night at the cottage after dinner at Antonio’s. (?). Your family is in my thoughts and prayers in the incredibly difficult time. Love, Annie Wallace


 


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