Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Charles Daniel “Chuck” Podgurski

Charles Daniel “Chuck” Podgurski, age 83, of New Haven, died Thursday, February 9, 2023 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

Chuck was born January 18, 1940 in Port Clinton, Ohio to the late Charles Michael and Evelyn Martina (French) Podgurski. He was a nearly eight-year veteran of the United States Navy serving during the Vietnam War and was a longtime employee of RR Donnelley in Willard from where he retired. On October 7, 1967, Chuck married Inez I. “Iney” (Slessman) and she preceded him in death on July 21, 2005.

Chuck was a kid at heart with his many hobbies and interests. He always enjoyed his “toys” especially nearly anything with an engine that brought joy and entertainment including, but not limited to, boating, snowmobiling- especially annual trips to Michigan, and model trains. He and Iney enjoyed their place at Lake Erie where they loved to boat and fish. He also was a talented stain glass artist and had been a member of the Willard Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his caretakers who are his niece and nephew: Melanie and Chris Elliott of Plymouth; siblings: Phyllis Lauffhaut of Ocean Springs, MS, Andrea (Pert) Williams of Madison, OH, and Timothy Williams of CA; and numerous other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, Chuck was preceded in death by his sister: Kathleen Shwartz.

Private graveside services with military honors will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven with burial beside his wife, Iney.

Care for Chuck and his family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Condolences for the family may be left on his obituary on the funeral home’s website,, or their Facebook Page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Kimberly Daron-Withkowski says:

    Melanie, Chris, and family… I am so sorry to hear about your uncle. I remember you talking fondly of him and you taking such great care of your uncle Chuck. I am sure he knew how fortunate he was to have you look after him. My deepest sympathy to all of you! Much love, Kim

  2. Larry and Francine Smith says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Chuck’s family. We both knew Chuck from Donnelley’s and Larry knew him before that. May you be blessed with loving memories. Rest In Peace

  3. FAITH CORSO Laufhutte says:

    Rest In Peace Uncle Dan (Chuck) I know you are with the LOVE of your life celebrating in all the glory.

  4. Mark & Julie Metzger says:

    To all of Chuck’s family, I am sorry to hear about Chuck’s passing, I met him when I worked at New Haven at the gas station and from Donnelley. I always enjoyed talking and joking with him. Great memories of him and Iney! Our deepest sympathy to all of you! Mark and Julie Metzger

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