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Charles E. Meinsler Jr.


Charles E. Meinsler Jr. “Chiz”, 82, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, March 31, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 8, 1935 in Middletown and was the son of the late Charles Sr. and Marian (Houser) Meinsler.

Chiz was a United States Army Veteran during the Korean Conflict and a union electrician for Sparzell Incorporated.

In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his loving wife, Janet Meinsler, a son, Lynn C. Meinsler, and a sister.

Chiz is survived by his two sons, Scott C. Meinsler of Royalton, and Casey C. Meinsler and his wife Lori of Middletown; a brother, Malcom Meinsler of Maryland; two sisters, Jean Matala of Florida, and Sarah Ann Jennings, of Lewisberry; four grandchildren, Joshua Meinsler, Megan Meinsler, Jennifer Meinsler, and Kirsten Meinsler; two great-grandsons Dylan Cleapor and Brennan Lanza; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A tribute to Chiz’s life was held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. M. Lee Ellenberger officiating. Viewing was from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Burial was in Middletown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Charles’s name to the American Cancer Society, 112 Sipe Avenue, Hummelstown, PA 17036.

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