Charles "Chuck" Litzell, 77, Swissvale, died June 19, 2005, at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs.
He was born Jan. 8, 1928, in Hudson, Ohio, to Edward and Mary Litzell.
Mr. Litzell began working as a plumber for his father-in-law. He owned Hudson Plumbing in Ohio for several years and became a successful general contractor in the Hudson area.
One of his favorite projects was renovation of the Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, where he meticulously matched brickwork on one of the school's oldest buildings.
He renovated a home in Hudson, again matching brickwork so perfectly to the original (built in 1831) that the house was included on the cover of Colonial Homes magazine and is on the Hudson registry of historical homes.
Mr. Litzell left similar evidence of his craftsmanship everywhere he lived, including the Old Orchard Inn in Moultonboro, N.H., where he found a way to build bathrooms into the smallest spaces and the inviting apartment he added on for himself and his wife Peggy at Swissvale Spirits in Swissvale.
He worked for the Town of Moultonboro, N.H., as building inspector and code enforcement officer from 1986-98. He and his wife moved to Colorado in 1998 and opened Swissvale Spirits.
In addition, he was a talented performer. He acted in several plays with the Hudson Players including "The Music Man" and starring roles in" Oklahoma" and "Kiss Me, Kate." Many customers at Swissvale Spirits were treated to an impromptu song or two.
Mr. Litzell was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Litzell.
Survivors are his wife, Margaret Litzell of Swissvale; sons, Steven Litzell of Herndon, Va. and Charles A. Litzell of Austin, Texas; daughters, Claudia Bessley-Hayes of Virginia, Amy Litzell of Columbus, Ohio and Lisa Utz of Portland, Ore.
More survivors are his stepson, Stan (Monique) Dornig of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sister, Betty Ragle, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; mother-in-law, Fran Perkins of Howard; grandchildren, Dawn Jeffers and Molly Kinsey, both of Parker; Emilie Liimatainen of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Brenda Utz of Garden City, Kan.; Trevor Litzell of Utah and Coral and Kasey Dornig of St. Petersburg, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Christian Kinsey, Brandon Jeffers and Gillian Jeffers.
Memorial Services will be at 11 a.m. June 27 at Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home. Friends may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association through Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.