Charles Frederick Benzel Jr. of West Chester

Charles Frederick Benzel Jr., 83,
of West Chester, died Thursday, March 8, at the Crosslands Retirement
Community. He was the husband of Ann Winslow Shelnutt with whom he shared
60 years of marriage.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisc.,
January 23, 1929, he was the son of the late Charles Frederick and Janet Bass
Benzel. Charles was a graduate of Friends School of Wilmington and The
University of Delaware where he majored in business.

After serving as a 2nd lieutenant
in the United States Army during the World War II era, he embarked on a long,
successful career as a financial advisor and stock trader, serving for many
years as manager of the Wachovia Securities office in Greenville. Charles was
an avid horseman and enjoyed competing in steeplechase races in his younger
years. His passions were the stock market, horses, his family and the farm he
and his wife Ann found and bought together in 1962.

Charles is survived by his wife
Ann, brother, John Benzel, daughters, Jan Benzel, Kathryn McConnell, Deri
Gawthrop, Jeanne Benzel, Nancy Benzel, son Charles Benzel III, sons-in-law,
Stuart Rohrer, William McConnell, James Gawthrop, daughter-in-law, Judy
Mimeault and his eleven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be
held, date to be determined.

In lieu
of flowers contributions may be made to the Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/donate/donate.html

or the Brandywine Valley
Association, 1760 Unionville Wawaset Road, West Chester, PA, 19382. http://www.brandywinewatershed.org/2008/getinvolved/donation.asp

Arrangements are being handled
by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square.

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