Charles “Evans” Foertmeyer
July 29, 1922 ‒ August 25, 2018
Formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio
Charles “Evans” Foertmeyer, age 96, of Delaware, OH, and formerly of Cincinnati, OH, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Willow Brook at Delaware Run. His son Mark and Evans’s compassionate Hospice nurse were by his side, tenderly caring for him as he walked confidently and peacefully into Heaven.
Evans was born on July 29, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the youngest of three children born to the late William and Carrie Virginia Evans Foertmeyer. He grew up in Avondale and the young Foertmeyer family shared a home with his mother’s grandparents. Evans made many lifelong friends in that neighborhood of his childhood, and graduated from Hughes High School together with many of those same friends.
With a keen interest in all things mechanical, even as a young man Evans could fix almost anything, so he pursued engineering at the University of Cincinnati, but discovered his interest in metallurgy was better addressed at a tiny school in the cold but beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Michigan Tech. That was truly Evans’ “happy place” that not just afforded him a valuable education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering, but many friendships and positive formative experiences. A piece of that special place always lived in his heart and vividly, in his memory.
After graduation, Evans worked at Wright-Patterson AFB and with a plating company in New Jersey, but desiring to return to Cincinnati, he took a job as an engineer at GE/Evendale, and later as an engineer at Cincinnati Milacron. During his time at GE , sensing his loneliness, his sister, Jinny, suggested a blind date with a former student, Rita Lutz, who she thought would be a great match for her little brother. It was, indeed, a great match and they were married on June 25, 1953. They built a home near Finneytown, and became faithful members of Northminster Presbyterian Church, where they served, loved, and were loved. In their fifty-nine years together, they raised a son and daughter, Mark and Cindy, embraced their extended families, and always hospitably welcomed friends and family into their home. As grandchildren began to arrive, they were thrilled, baking many birthday cakes, building sandboxes, playing endless games of UNO, sending “care packages”, fishing, and making many road trips for birthdays and graduations. They loved big family parties, and renewed their vows at their fiftieth anniversary party attended by many friends and family members. It was a rich, blessed life, but in 2013, after a long battle with heart disease, Rita went to Heaven. As best he could, Evans wanted to “bloom where he was planted”, but he sorely missed his loving wife, and longed to see his Savior and be reunited with her.
Evans was a kind gentleman who loved his family and friends well. He was a joyful giver of his time, treasure, and humor. He always looked for the best in others, and wanted to cheer all he met, even as his health and memory failed. His “shaggy dog stories” a.k.a “groaners” were legendary, as were his funny facial expressions, all because he simply wanted everyone in his company to smile that day. He was a man of immense gratitude and tender heart, always considering the wellbeing of others before his own, and he loved his family without reserve. Evans took his responsibilities seriously and viewed his life as a gift of God’s Grace that he wanted to extend to others in all the seasons of his life.
Left to cherish his memory are his two children: Cindy (Anthony) Sangenito of Arlington, TX and Mark Foertmeyer of Marion, OH; Rita’s sister, Esther Lutz Poundstone of Cincinnati, OH; seven grandchildren: Eric (Ashley) Foertmeyer, Matthew (Erin) Foertmeyer, Andrew (Priscilla) Foertmeyer, Daniel (Audra) Foertmeyer, Mark (Allison) Sangenito, Paul Sangenito, and Michael Sangenito; eight great grandchildren: Noah, Charlotte, Joseph, Wesley, Isaiah and Ethan Foertmeyer, Ashlynn and Bailey Sangenito, two more sweet ones on the way, and beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Including his wife, Rita, and parents, Evans was preceded in death by his sister, Jinny Jotter, and brother, Jack.
Services honoring Evans’ life will be observed at the Chapel at Arlington Memorial Gardens on Saturday, September 1, 2018. Visitation is from 2:00-3:00 and the service celebrating his home going begins at 3:00, and will be officiated by Pastor Nancy Ross-Zimmerman. A reception will immediately follow the service at the Arlington Memorial Gardens Community Room.
The family extends a heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone at Willow Brook, where Evans made great friends and deeply enjoyed everyone’s company. They are so grateful to everyone at Capital City Hospice for their tender care of Evans in his final days.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Northminster Presbyterian Church, 703 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231, or to Capital City Hospice, 2800 Corporate Exchange Dr., #170, Columbus, OH 43231.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Evans’ family, and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.