June 29, 2016

Partly sunny

Charles “Chuck” Kubitz

KubitzCharlesACharles “Chuck” Kubitz passed away last fall November 17, 2013, after a brief illness. He was born March 23, 1932. His entire family surrounded him during his final weeks.

His wife, Carrie and he have lived on Hilton Head Island for the past 15 years. They lived in Medina for 20 years, and later in Westfield Center.

It was 1961, when the Wisconsin firm, Formrite, sent Chuck and co-worker, Neal Strouf to Ohio to find a location for their new plant. Chuck called Carrie from the square and said “I wish you were here to see this pretty downtown with a square, I think you would love it here.” Next, he called his boss and said “We don’t need to look any further.” Charlie’s name was on a plaque in the square as Medina’s sesquicentennial year president of the Chamber of Commerce.

Chuck and Neal ran Formrite Tube Medina. Carrie and Chuck joined Welcome Wagon, which led to dozens of lifelong friendships. He was an active member of St. Matthews, the former Wedgewood Country Club and later, Westfield Country Club. Chuck enjoyed tinkering, so with Standard Welding, Chuck and Neal fabricated chandeliers for the ballroom of Chippewa Lake, when it still hosted the Cotillion.

Carrie is hosting a Celebration of Life ceremony and “The Charlie Kubitz Invitational” Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Palmetto Hall Country Club, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Carrie resides in Palmetto Hall. Kim and Tom Sockman live in Bowling Green, Cathy “Kubi” and her partner, Trista “Tree” Holwager, live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Reverend Neil Youngue, of St. Andrews by the Sea, held a private service in the Kubitz home, shortly after Chuck’s passing.

The Island Funeral Home and Crematorium handled arrangements. Memories can still be shared at www.theislandfuneralhome.com/obituary/Charles-Albert-Kubitz/Hilton-Head-bIsland-SC/1315447