HAPPY 97TH BIRTHDAY | Karl Francis Gondel



Residence: Boardman.

Date of birth: Dec. 8, 1916, in Youngstown.


Parents: Joseph and Mary Gondel.

Siblings: Marion Slavin of Youngstown. Dr. Thomas Gondel and Raymond Gondel are deceased.

Spouse: The former Elizabeth Marie Hernan, whom he married in 1938, died in 1971.

Children: Thomas K. Gondel of Youngstown and Mary Beth Hauck of North Jackson. Carol J. DelFraino is deceased.

Grandchildren: Eight.

Great-grandchildren: Three.


Education: Attended Sts. Cyril & Methodius and Immaculate Conception schools and East High School.

Employment: He was a welder at Youngstown Sheet & Tube Brier Hill Works for 40 years. He also painted with his uncle for many years.

Memberships: Immaculate Conception Church.


Other information/lifestyle: He is known for the beautiful birdhouses he makes and for his love of his trucks. Mr. Gondel has a nickname for everyone he knows, and they know him as “Papa.” He is known for his ability to fix or build things. Worked two jobs for many years and loved going to work.


Date and location: A celebration with his family was to be today at Greenbriar Healthcare Center in Boardman.

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