Frederick “Fred” Thomas Baldeschwiler

January 02, 1944 ‒ December 31, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Frederick Thomas Baldeschwiler, age 76, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away at home on December 31, 2020, after battling cancer. Susan, his wife of 51 years, was by his side.

Fred was born in Newark, Ohio, on January 2, 1944, to Leo and Phyllis (Sheasby) Baldeschwiler, but was raised in Mount Vernon from early childhood. His first job was as a paperboy for the Mount Vernon News, which he proudly carried all over town. As a teenager, he delivered prescriptions for Foster’s Pharmacy. Fred attended St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School. In 1962, after his father was transferred to New York, Fred completed his senior year and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers, New York. Though he did not officially graduate with them, he was a valued member of the Class of ’62 (alumni of both St. Vincent and Mount Vernon schools), who gathered many times over the years.

In the fall of 1962, Fred enlisted in the United States Navy. Both his basic and specialized training were conducted at Great Lakes Naval Base. After completing hospital corpsman school, he was assigned to St. Alban’s Naval Hospital in Queens, New York, where he remained for his tour of duty. He was honorably discharged in 1966.

Fred used his GI Bill to attend Bronx Community College and received an Associate’s Degree in Retail Management. While in school, he worked at Yonkers Professional Hospital, where he met his future wife, Susan Wenz. They were married November 8, 1969, in the Monastery Church of the Sacred Heart in Yonkers. While Fred’s banking career began at the National Bank of Westchester in Tarrytown, New York, his heart was really in Ohio, so in February of 1972, they moved to Mount Vernon and Fred began a 28-year career at FirstKnox National Bank.

Fred was a graduate of the American Institute of Banking and served as its President in 1987. He also held memberships andoffices in the Mount Vernon Jaycees, Kiwanis Club, The Old Homestead Club, and the Knights of Columbus. Fred served for many years as a lector at St. Vincent and was a lifelong blood donor to the American Red Cross. He belonged to both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the local Moose Lodge. When they settled in Mount Vernon, Fred and Susan became active in the Jaycees, a civic organization that gave them the most profound and longest-lasting friendships of their lives. The generosity of their “retired rooster” friends during the last few months of Fred’s life cannot be understated.

Upon his retirement from First Knox, Fred held part time jobs at the New Albany Country Club and Apple Valley golf courses.  He served for many years as Treasurer for the Knox County Park District. Both he and Susan became active in the Quarry Chapel Restoration Committee (later the Friends of the Quarry Chapel), for which he served as both Treasurer and Chairpersonbetween 2000 and 2009.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Bill. Fred leaves behind his wife Susan (Wenz) Baldeschwiler, his daughter Kristin (John Cutcher) of Maumee, Ohio, and his son Andy (Caley Vickerman) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as his sister, Betsy (James) Zeyen of Mount Vernon, and his niece Alissa and two great nieces of Broadview Heights, Ohio.  He also leaves behind his brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Lisa Wenz of Yonkers, New York; sister-in-law Mary Ann Wenz of Chicago; nephews Michael (Laura) and Matthew (Melissa) and a great-nephew and great niece. Fred was expecting his first grandson in early January 2021.

A Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated at 10 am on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Father Mark J. Hammond was the Celebrant.  Fred will be interred at Quarry Chapel Cemetery in Gambier, Ohio. Fred’s family would like to express their profound gratitude to Hospice of North Central Ohio. Donations may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, Friends of the Quarry Chapel, or the American Red Cross in Fred’s name.

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  • To the Baldeschwiler Family, So sorry to hear of your loss. So many of us remember Fred’s smile went greeted at the bank. Knowing your family through high school activities was enjoyingly shared. Please accept our deepest sympathy. The Weston Family

  • Susan, Andy & Kristin, Jon & I are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts are breaking for you. We loved Fred & we love you guys. Rest In Peace our dear friend and “Bus Boy”.

  • Dear Susan,

    We were saddened to hear about Fred’s passing and can only imagine how difficult this is for you and your family. Fred will be missed and we wish you comfort and peace.

    With love, Teri and Bill

  • Dear Sue, Kristin, and Andrew,
    Condolences to you all.
    I remember Fred always stopping at our family home on Pleasant Street to pick up my brother, Jim and me so we could walk to school at St. Vincent together. Fred used to help my brother deliver the Mount Vernon News after school too.
    In high school we all took ballroom dancing lessons at the YMCA with Mrs. Garris teaching us the “slow, slow,
    quick, quick” steps. Fred and I learned the Fox Trot together.
    In the 1980’s he was the Confirmation sponsor for our son, Tom, at St. Vincent de Paul.
    Fred was an asset to the community and will be missed.
    Susan Hayes

  • Our deepest sympathy to Sue, Kristin, and Andy. Many good memories of Fred from the bank, St. Vincen’t’s, and the very early days when Mom babysat the kids.

    Peggy and Mike Streby

  • Sue we were so saddened to hear of Fred passing. We have some really great memories of him. He sure will be missed. You and the kids are in our hearts and in our prayers. God Bless You All.
    Kathy & Tom Lapp

  • I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Fred’s family. Fred was in my older brother Ed’s class at St. Vincent. I got to know Fred at Apple Valley golf course. He was just an all around nice guy. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • To Susan, Kristen, Andy
    We are sad to lose such a good friend after so many years. He was always glad to see us and always had a smile and a good word for us.
    We have many fond memories, and we send our condolences to all of you as you
    bear this loss of your loved one. May God grant you comfort, and may your memories
    live on in your hearts to see you through this journey.
    We love you.
    Barb & Hank Snow

  • Susan, Kristen, Andy. So sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved husband and father. Sending love and hugs at this time of great sorrow. Blessing to you all. Bonnie Rutherford

  • Juston and I were saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. He was a loving husband and father. Fred was always very supportive of Susan singing in our chorus and the many quartets she and I sang in together. Fred was a happy and pleasant man and will be very much missed by all who knew him. Sending love and hugs to Susan, Kristin and Andy. Love you!!!!!

  • My deepest sympathy for the loss of a beloved husband, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, colleague, and friend.

  • Dear Susan and family,
    My sympathy for the loss of your husband Fred. I know how much you will miss
    him but relieved he isn’t suffering .

  • Dear Sue and family,
    Very sad to receive the news about my cousin…..Sherry and I will always remember the annual Flecknoe reunions and still talk about the great times we had seeing everyone in our large family.
    Please accept our condolences Sue and know that our memories on those times are still some of the best times of our lives and Fred will be sorely missed but not forgotten.
    Jim & Sherry O’Neill

  • Susan, Kristin and Andy,
    There are no words. We will miss him so very much. You well know what you all mean to us and our group of friends, loved like our own. Peace to Fred, no more pain.
    Suzi and Gary Hewitt

  • Dear Susan, Kristin and Andy,
    So sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort as you fill your mind and heart with precious memories.

  • Susan, Kristin, Andy and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. I really enjoyed working with Fred over the years with different Sweet Adeline functions.

    May God’s loving arms surround you all during your time of grief in the days to come. Cherish all your loving memories and keep them all close to your heart.

    Hugs, much love and prayers
    Karen Jordan

  • To Fred’s family-

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


    Steve and Jan Hall

  • Dear Sue, Kristin and Andy,
    So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing…Please accept my sincere condolences and prayers. May you hold close all the years of great memories you created and share them together forever. Sincerely, Sharon

  • Susan, our sincere condolences to you and your family. Fred was a classmate and friend with a kind heart. Fred always had a big smile and a warm hug.

  • My heart goes out to Susan, Andy and Kristen at this very sad time. I will miss hearing the always upbeat voice of my Ohio cousin who was very good at keeping me in the loop about my family in Ohio. I remember Fred coming to visit my family (Doris and Reggie Smith and my brother Chuck) in MD in the early 60’s. I was about 13 or so and thought he was so handsome! I also remember a visit from Fred and Susan, probably before they had started their family. The next time was probably at a family reunion. It was only in recent visits to Ohio that I got to spend some extended, quality time with Fred and other family members. Those visits were so special and gave Brandon and me the opportunity to get closer to my Ohio relatives. I am blessed to have had Fred as a distant, but dear cousin.
    Karen Smith

  • Kristen and family

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Susan,Kristin,Andy,Tracy and I are so saddened by Fred’s passing. He touched so very many peoples lives in the area. As the dietitian at KCH, I appreciated the time he gave to working on diabetes awareness in the county back in the early 2000.
    I hope you can all cherish all those fond memories he gave you and make sure that grand baby grows up with a knowledge of the man his grandpa was. Love to you all.

  • Dear family, Fred was my boss when I worked at FKNB Coshocton Ave. He was a nice boss. Sorry he had to suffer cancer.

  • I am so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. My heart and prayers goes out to you and your entire family. It is never easy to lose a parent. Please know I am here should you need anything.

  • Susan and family, I am very sorry for your loss. Fred was a great guy. His cousin Phil (Ransom) really enjoyed the time they spent together in the years before Phil died (2013). I appreciated getting to know him during that time as well.

  • Susan,

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. My heart breaks for you & your family . Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Hugs & much love,

  • Dear Susan, Kristin, and Andy and your loved ones,

    I cannot imagine how hard this must be, how heartbreaking and difficult especially during Covid-19. I wish more than anything I could hug you right now. Please know that you are in my prayers and have my sincerest condolences – and those of our whole family. I hope to see you soon and to hug you in person.

    Love to you all,
    Margaret (Main) Bowling

  • Susan: I didn’t know Fred but Rick held him in high esteem. He knew him to be a man who could always be trusted. I do miss our ladies lunches together and dream that some day soon we will be able to get together again. Just know how much we care!

  • Susan, Andy & Kristin, Jon
    I am sadden to hear of Fred’s passing. I remember working with Fred at First Knox years ago. what a great guy. my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Dear Susan and family. I am humbly sorry for your loss. Fred was one of the finest men I knew. Many fond memories of social gatherings when our kids were in school together. Wishing you all the very best during this time.

  • To the family,
    I worked with Fred at First-Knox on Coshocton Avenue and the Main Office in the 80’s and 90’s. He was a beloved nephew to our aunt Vonetta and Dan Sheasby.
    I’m so sorry for your loss.

    Deanna Shira-Tackett

  • Dear Kristin, I send my condolences to you and your family for the loss of your father. I wish you comfort and peace and am sending my love and prayers.

  • Our deepest condolences are with your family. My mother Karen Burgess, had a good idea a couple of years ago to give Fred an opportunity to “grandfather” our daughter Zoey several times. Zoey spent some time with Fred. Fred read books to her and they had a good time. May God give you peace during this time of sorrow.

  • A truly wonderful man with an infectious smile. A Jaycees Legend. Our condolences to the family as we, all together, celebrate Fred’s promotion.

  • Susan, I’m so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. Jaycees brought Fred, you and I together as true friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    John and Carol Parnell.

  • It is so obvious from previous condolences that Fred touched so many people in our community …..I had the privilege of working with Fred for a number of years and join others with my thoughts of his passing and the sorrow it brings to his family and community as a whole….RIP Fred

  • So sorry for the loss of a great man. He was special to so many people. Our thoughts are with Susan and Family.

  • P:rayers and condolences. Fred was a special friend. Not often do you find someone like him that would give so much time to his community. We have lost a very good man.

  • My deepest sympathy for your loss. Fred was a remarkable person and leaves a beautiful family as his legacy. Our community shares in your loss. Peace and love.

  • Susan
    Marilyn and I both enjoyed working with Fred at FKNB during his many years there. There are not many of us old timers left. He knew many people and will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your children.

    Bruce and Marilyn Hite

  • Mr. Baldeschwiler was one of our three Junior achievement advisors in my senior year of high school in 1977, along with Ian Watson and Floyd Savage. His “chiseled good looks”, wisdom and firm voice give us direction, which can be difficult with a bunch of high school seniors! I encountered him many years later at a local military veteran service organization, at which time he remembered me in every detail, to my amazement, and over time we had a number of very pleasant conversations. When I encountered him at his home as I campaigned for political office, I stared in awe, whereupon he greeted me as if it was only yesterday that we last talked. Every time I met him, I was amazed at his memory, manners and mannerisms and his ” chiseled good looks”, which always brought a laugh.
    Mr. Baldeschwiler was among the kindest, most polite, well-spoken persons one would ever hope to meet…I am heartbroken upon reading his obituary, and I wish the absolute best of everything for his wife and family.

  • Sincere condolences to Fred’s family from all the Knights of Columbus. Fred was a wonderful guy who always had a smile and a helping hand and exemplified what it means to be a Knight of Columbus.

  • Susan and Family,

    So sorry for loss. Fred was a great guy and will be sadly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family.

    Steve and Anne Sheffer

  • Always enjoyed talking with Fred about our families and life in Mount Vernon.
    My deepest sympathy to Susan, Andy, Kristen and the extended Baldeschwiler family on the loss of such a dear man.

  • Sue, Kristen, and Andy
    Nancy and I are so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing.
    A GREAT man and someone we are so proud to have called a friend.
    Had such good memories working together in Jaycees … And, very helpfulness at First Knox when I needed advice.
    We are so happy to have had our paths cross.

    Dick/Nancy Laslo

  • So sad to read this news. Fred was an accepted and respected member of our Class of 62’. Fewer and fewer of us remain – RIP Fred. Sincerely, Sally

  • Fred’s Family:
    What a privilege to work with Fred. Then also to coach Andy in soccer. My heart goes out to all of you. I am in Fl. Many good thoughts of Fred’s clan.

  • Susan, Kristin, and Andy.

    My thoughts of love and condolences continue to come to mind for you all since Fred’s leaving us these weeks ago now. It is comforting to be reminded that he is free from his pain, and the battle he fought the past few years.

    Nevertheless, he will be missed by his family and the many, many lifetime friends he leaves behind. For me, he was a favorite cousin and a dear friend.

    We all pray that he will now be welcomed into eternal life by our Lord.

    May he rest in peace.

    Tom, Pam, Brian and Brooke

  • Dear Susan,
    I was very sorry to read of Fred’s passing. It is clear he was a very giving person who contributed much to our community. May he rest in peace and may your 50 plus years of memories be a blessing.
    Linda Michaels