Each stroke chipped away at his life, but Carl Wiewandt was a half-glass-full kind of guy.
Unable to drive, talk clearly, or get around without a walker, Carl rarely complained. The 89-year-old Port Clinton man lived at home, where he enjoyed sitting in his comfy recliner watching TV on a big screen and daily visits from his dear friend Norma Smetzer. Meals prepared by Ottawa County Senior Resources and Home Instead aides were tasty, and members of his extended family were always stopping by or calling.
Life was a “thumbs up.”
But his optimism was no match for a massive stroke on Easter, and on April 17, 2013, Carl died in Stein Hospice Care Center.
Born in Fremont, Carl was a graduate of Fremont High School and Tri-State University in Angola, Ind. He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and proudly served our country from 1943-46 in the Panama Canal. Last year he flew to Washington, D.C., on an Honor Flight to tour the World War II Memorial, and returned home exhausted and elated.
In 1949, he married Evelyn Cleveland, of Clyde — the couple wearing matching tweed suits at their wedding. Carl took a job at Standard Products, and worked there as a chemical engineer until his retirement in 1988.
Though passionate about his political beliefs, Carl’s greatest outpouring of expression was directed at his family – five children, 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He often said he was the luckiest man in the world to have such a crew. “Good genes,” he would add, with an elbow jab to the nearest family member.
He took up woodcarving, turning his garage into a wood shop. He carved angels and ducks and figurines and proudly gave them to family and friends.
He never owned a boat, but found plenty of opportunities to go fishing on Lake Erie with friends. His freezer was always stocked with perch and walleye, but as his health declined, the frozen catch dwindled. The last bag of perch was eaten Christmas Eve.
Carl’s favorite holiday was May 27, his birthday. In recent years he donned a silly Winnie the Pooh birthday hat with twinkling lights, and happily posed for cameras. He was looking forward to blowing out 90 candles.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Port Clinton and the Port Clinton Elks.
Carl is preceded in death by his beloved wife Evelyn; parents, Paul and Fannie Wiewandt; sister, Dorothy Maloy; and brother, Edward Wiewandt.
He is survived by brother, Paul Wiewandt; children, Barbara Vance (Raymond), Carol Imes (Charles), Becky Donahue (Patrick), Frank (Molly Kavanaugh) and William (Lisa); grandchildren, Ted (Michelle) Vance, Heather (Joseph) Knueven, Adam (Carolyn) Vance, Jennifer (Tracey) Coslin, Christopher (Dawn) Imes, Nicole Imes, Bill (Kimberly) Donahue, Sarah Donahue, Ben Donahue, Cody Wiewandt, Jordan Wiewandt and Katy Wiewandt; great-grandchildren, Bailey Donahue, TJ Coslin, Amber Vance, Maya Vance, Jacob Knueven and Nora Vance; and special friend, Norma Smetzer.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Clinton. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at St. John Lutheran Church, Port Clinton. The Rev. James Lehman will officiate.
Memorial donations to honor Carl may be made to Stein Hospice Service or St. John Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be shared with the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com.