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August 16, 1939 — April 16, 2020 (age 80)

YOUNGSTOWN — Thomas M. Fechtel, 80, passed away Thursday, April 16 at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital following a courageous battle with kidney disease.

Thomas was born Aug. 16, 1939, in Youngstown, and was a son of the late Joseph and Mary Fechtel.

He graduated from North High School in 1957 and was a lifelong area resident.

Tom was a veteran of the U.S. Army, proudly serving during the period after the Korean War.

Mr. Fechtel worked for many years for Sherwin Williams/U.S. Can Corporation of Hubbard, from where he retired.

Tom will always be remembered as a true “family man,” and he loved and cherished his wife, children, and especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed supporting his children and grandchildren at their various activities and sporting events.

Mr. Fechtel was a member of St. Brendan Church in Youngstown.

He leaves his wife, Barbara Hallas Fechtel, whom he married June 8, 1963; four children, Dan (Peg) Fechtel of Cincinnati, Linda (Joe) Jackson of Simpsonville, S.C., Kate (Tom) Pavlansky of Cortland, and Kelly Ellington of Amelia; and 11 grandchildren, Bobby, Gracie, Joseph (Alexandra), Allison, Madison, Annie, Stephen, Maggie, Tommy, Dylan and Jake.

A son, Thomas Fechtel, and seven siblings, Mary Melewski, Pauline Sanchy, Theresa Hulewat, Elizabeth Webb, Ann Paull, Michael Fechtel, and Vincent Fechtel, are deceased.

Due to the current virus pandemic, there will be no public calling hours, and a private service will take place on Tuesday, April 21 at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown. Private committal will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

A public Memorial Mass to take place at St. Brendan Church will be planned for a later date.

Tom’s family thanks his health care providers for the kindness shown and care given to him during his illness.

Memorial contributions may be made in Tom’s name to the St. Brendan Church Memorial Fund, 2800 Oakwood Ave., Youngstown, OH 44509; or to the donor’s favorite charity.