Christopher Wenzler

Christopher Martin Wenzler

Tuesday, November 7th, 1967 - Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
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Private Funeral Mass for Christopher Martin Wenzler, 52, of University Heights will be held at Church of the GESU, 2470 Miramar Blvd., University Heights. (The Mass will be streamed via Facebook Live on the funeral home’s Facebook page.)
Christopher passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at his residence.
Born Nov. 7, 1967, in Seattle, Wash., he was a resident of Cuyahoga County for more than 30 years, living in Cleveland before moving to University Heights.
Christopher was a 1990 graduate of John Carroll University, a member of COSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America), and John Carroll Athletic Hall of Fame, and had mentored thousands of JCU students.
Christopher was the beloved husband of 28 years to Melissa R. (nee Rettew) Wenzler; loving father of Madeline E. Wenzler and Oliver M. Wenzler; dearest son of Martin and Susan (nee Brown) Wenzler; brother of Amy (Mauri) Winegardner and Paul (Molly) Wenzler; son-in-law of Sarah Rettew; brother-in-law of Elizabeth (Chris) Thompson; and uncle of Cate, Anna, Peter, August, Matthew, Katie and Abby.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, James Rettew.
Due to COVID-19, family and friends of Chris are invited to participate in a Celebration of Life Car Processional at 3 p.m. Sunday at John Carroll University (Please enter at the Belvoir Road entrance.)
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Chris Wenzler Memorial Fund to support John Carroll students traveling on Immersion trips.
Arrangements are entrusted to McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Homes in Willoughby and Mentor.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 28th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Sunday, June 28th, 2020 3:00pm
    John Carroll University
    (Please enter at the Belvoir entrance)
    University Heights, OH
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Due to COVID-19, family and friends of Chris are invited to participate in a Celebration of Life Car Processional at 3 p.m. Sunday at John Carroll University (Please enter at the Belvoir Road entrance.)
  • Service

    Gesu Parish
    2470 Miramar Blvd.
    University Heights, OH 44118
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Funeral Mass will be private; however will be streamed via Facebook Live on the funeral home's Facebook page.


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Kimberly Anne Saurage

Posted at 05:36pm
God bless the Wenzler family today and always . Chris was a life force and brought such joy and laughter to all he crossed paths with . Love. Saurages

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Sam Atkinson

Posted at 11:20am
Chris was an amazing human being and I am so glad I was able to know him and spend time with him at CoSIDA Conventions. Chris devoted so much time to community service and was an active member in CoSIDA's Goodwill and Wellness Committee. Chris received the Bob Kenworthy award in 2018 due to his community service. Chris was so courageous during his cancer fight. I will miss Chris and pray for his family and friends during this difficult time.

Joe Maxse

Posted at 10:13am
When I think of Chris, I always have to smile. He always treated me in a such a friendly, helpful and professional manner. I have such wonderful memories of covering JCU athletics, especially some of our football road trips. What a sense of humor. What a great laugh. Please know Chris and all of you are in my prayers. I write through tears. Joe Maxse, former Plain Dealer reporter.

Ryan Schneider

Posted at 08:22pm
Chris was one of the greatest men I've ever known. I've had the pleasure of knowing him for 22 years. There is not a person Chris came across in his life that he did not impact positively. Always willing to listen and laugh. He had the best laugh.
Melissa, Madeline, and Oliver our prayers are with you today and moving forward. We can't begin to know what you're going through, but we pray the Lord brings His angels to camp around you and give you peace. Chris, you will be missed more than you know. If how you treated others while you're here on Earth is a measuring stick for entry into heaven, Chris had a first class ticket and VIP treatment to the front of the line at the Pearly Gates! I wish I woiuld have spent more time with you brother. Rest in Peace.


Posted at 05:04pm
my heart felt thoughts prayers and condolences to Chris's family and to his parents Marty and his wife
never new Chris but heard a lot great comments about him and his devotion to JCU
its so hard to loose a son and my heart really goes out to you Marty
you probably don't recall me but I was very close to you in Toledo and Jcu
Don G Schmitt

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