Wilhelmina “Mina” Fesler

November 10, 1919 ‒ September 16, 2015

Melbourne, Florida
Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio

MELBOURNE, FL: Wilhelmina “Mina” Fesler, 95, of Melbourne, Florida and formerly of Mansfield passed away Wednesday September 16, 2015 at home following an extended illness.

The daughter of Michael and Wilhelmina (Grabowski) Schenley, Mina was born November 10, 1919 in Coalport, Pennsylvania.  In 1937 she was graduated from Beccaria Township High School.  A few years later she moved to Akron, Ohio where during the war years she worked at the Government Testing Labs at Firestone Tire and Rubber.

She met and married Eldred Fesler on September 7, 1946 while living in Akron.  They subsequently moved to Cuyahoga Falls and ultimately to Mansfield in 1958.

Mina worked at JC Penney and retired from there. Later on she worked for Montgomery Ward.  When she wasn’t working in retail she was busy baking many types of breads, cakes, pies and rolls for friends, family and neighbors in one of her five ovens.

Mina was a member of Lexington Church of Christ.

She is survived by her children Russell and Gina Fesler of Akron, Michael Fesler of Melbourne, Florida, and Karen Fesler of Bath, New Hampshire; grandchildren Tanina Alvaro of Toledo, Paul Fesler of Galion, Amber Fesler of Kilbuck, and Angela Davis of Wallingford, KY; six great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Along with her parents and her nine siblings she was preceded in death by her husband Eldred L. Fesler, and daughters-in-law Cheryl Fesler, Tona Fesler and Teri Fesler.

A graveside memorial service will be in Mansfield Memorial Park and will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church 2030 N. Hwy A1A Indialantic, Fl. 32903 may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

 

  • Mike and family…I’m so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

  • We are never prepared for the loss of our love ones.
    Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming
    in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear
    his voice and come out. Earthly Resurrection.
    (John 5:28,29).

  • To The family of Mina Fesler–Sorry to hear of her passing, but thought of her from time to time when meeting for coffee with other retired and past JCP associates. We remember her with fondness during her years with JCP store #1841. I remember her for kindness and love of “bargain shopping” up until she retired. Carolyn Parker

  • “I’m as busy as a one-armed paperhanger” and other sayings dotted our 20+ year friendship. I came to know Mina when she agreed to help me care for my mother in the early 1990’s. The two of them would grocery shop, go out for lunch, stop at the DQ for her favorite Blizzard – Pecan Cluster; and head home. My mother would need a nap by then and Mina would cook; preparing a week’s worth of meals that my mother could heat up. Mina was not only her caregiver but became our dear, dear friend. The two ladies were the same age but my mother had become a victim of dementia and passed in 2002. By then, Mina had moved to Florida but she and I kept in touch by Christmas cards and phone calls. She would tell you she had a good life; good family; strong faith and was ready to ‘go’. We would reminisce about our times together. One time I asked her if she ever thought of remarrying after her husband died and she said; Once you’ve had steak ~ you could never settle for hamburger! I love her, I miss her and I will forever be indebted to her for treating my mother with such dignity and spirited fun. Bless you my dear friend; you made the world a better and brighter place.

    • Jana – Thank you for your kind words.

      Mom spoke of you and your mother often.

      She thought so highly of you both and greatly appreciated your kindness

  • RUSS, KAREN, AND EL MICHAEL,
    REMEMBERING THE GOOD ‘OL BELAIR DAYS. YOUR MOM WAS ALWAYS NICE TO ME WHEN SOME PEOPLE WERE NOT. SHE WAS A GREAT LADY. PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL

    MAYNARD

    P.S.
    KAREN, I ALWAYS THOUGHT YOU WERE A GROOVY CHICK…..BLONDE HAIR AND ALL.THINK OF YOU ALOT.