CHICAGO, Ill. — Charles “Chuck” Lee Windemuth, 54, of Chicago, and Cumberland, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at the home of his parents in Cumberland, after a long courageous battle with cancer with his loving family by his side.
Born on Jan. 16, 1959, in Cumberland, Chuck was the son of Louis Paul Windemuth Sr., Cumberland, and the late Jeannine Lee (Berry) Windemuth. He was also preceded in death by his best friend, Dale Anderson of Chicago.
Chuck was enthusiastic and active his entire life. As a youngster, he was a newspaper carrier for the Cumberland Times-News. He was the youngest lifeguard ever hired in the State of Maryland when he was working at Rocky Gap State Park at the age of 16. Chuck taught swimming lessons and classes at the YMCA. Chuck also progresses to the level of Eagle Scout while a member of Troop 4 of the Boy Scouts of America. Chuck was also a graduate of Allegany High School, class of 1977. While in high school, he was a member of the marching band and the theater club where he was a cast member in the production of "You Can’t Take It with You.” He also was a drummer for many years with the "D'etts", a twirling and marching group from Cumberland. While still in high school, he starred in the productions of "Gypsy" & "Mame,” for the Junior Women's Civic Club in Cumberland.
After graduating high school, Chuck attended Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., where he majored in Biology. While at Grove City, he was a member of the Swim Team and received his "letter" for participation. Also, in college, he appeared in the theater production of "Brigadoon.” After completing studies at Grove City, Chuck transferred to the University of Pittsburgh where he majored in Physical Therapy. While at Pitt, Chuck was a cheerleader.
Following graduation from University of Pittsburgh, Chuck accepted a position with American Airlines and moved to Chicago. He was employed with American Airlines for 30 years, having still been employed at the time of his death.
Chuck's special interests included skiing, traveling and flying. He traveled the world over, but his favorite country was Germany where he enjoyed the "Christkindlmarkt" in Munich. Chuck was such an outgoing and interesting fellow that he made friends wherever he went. His friendliness and laughter was contagious. He will live on in our hearts of those who knew him. Our loss is indeed, heavens gain.
Chuck is survived by his loving father, Louis Paul Windemuth Sr., and special friend, Marna Kay Morris, Cumberland; his sister, Donna Sue Windemuth and partner, Marti McNiff of New York; his brother, Louis Paul Windemuth Jr. and special friend, Kim Albright of Cumberland; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He is also survived by special friends from Chicago, Fran Bertini, Dean Ogren, William Schendel, Gretchen Jacobs, Heidi Lanier, Todd Davidson, and Doug O'Keeffe. Chuck will surely be missed by all who knew him.
Friends will be received at the Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur St., Cumberland, (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com) on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Stephen Yelovich officiating.
The family of Charles Windemuth and Chuck would like to thank the "caring angels" of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Home Hospice of Chicago and Western Maryland Health System's Hospice Services of Cumberland for their loving care and concern for Chuck during his illness.
Chuck also wanted to thank the staff and faculty of the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute of New York and Northwestern Hospital in Chicago for his excellent care at their facility. Finally, Chuck wanted to thank all his friends and co-workers at American Airlines for their friendship and support over the years.