Charles J. Schaffer, 63, of Norwalk died Friday, June 11, 2010, in his home.
He was born June 20, 1946, in Norwalk, son of the late Theodore and Gladys (Greenfelder) Schaffer. Charlie returned to Norwalk in 2004 after living in LaGrange, Ohio, for 25 years and Cleveland for 10 years. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and was a 1964 graduate of Monroeville High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving in Vietnam. He earned a bachelor's degree from Cleveland State University and his MBA from Ashland University. Charlie was a systems analyst for Bendix Vehicle Systems in Elyria, and retired in 2001. Charlie was a member of Eagles Aerie 711 and Ken Bur Bell Post 41 American Legion, both in Norwalk. He was a seven-year member and past president of the Keystone High School Band Boosters Club and was an eight-year member of the Keystone High School Board of Education. Charlie enjoyed camping, fishing, ice skating, bicycling and rollerblading. Being a systems analyst, Charlie enjoyed using the computer for his work and in later years depended on it to communicate with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Theresa A. (Smith) Schaffer of Norwalk; sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony C. "Tony" and Cathy Schaffer of Bellevue, Dominic J. and Sharri Schaffer of Los Alamitos, Calif., Matthew S. and Robin Schaffer of Heath, Ohio, and Ted C. and Becky Schaffer of North Olmstead, Ohio; and by his daughter and son-in-law, Erica B. and Andrew Burck of South Charleston, W.Va. Charlie is also survived by 10 grandchildren (two grandchildren are soon to be born); his brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Loretta Schaffer, Theodore and Florence Schaffer, Jack and Pat Schaffer and William and Joan Schaffer; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathleen and Norb Schloemer, Barbara and Leroy Miller, Ruth and Jack Weisenberger, Patricia and Jim Stieber and F.J. and Mary Jane Dick.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Gladys Schaffer; sister, Joanne (Schaffer) Dick; brother Thomas Schaffer; and sister-in-law, Rosemary Schaffer.
Family and friends may call 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday in Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk. Memorial Mass will be at 4:30 p.m. Monday in St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk; the Rev. Frank Kehres, pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church, and the Rev. Dave Cirata, pastor of St. Jerome Catholic Church, will officiate.
True to his caring and compassion for others, Charlie donated his body to The University of Toledo Medical Center for Parkinson's disease research.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 or Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Attn: Tribute Gifts, Church St. Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780 (include note indicating the name of person honoring and the name and address of the person who should receive acknowledgment of the donation). You may also contribute at michaeljfox.org/help_honormemorygifts.cfm.
Condolences may be expressed at edwalkerfuneralhome.com.