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Helmut Hempel


Helmut Hempel, 96, of Cleveland, Ohio passed away on September 8, 2018. He was born July 13, 1922 in Germany, to Max and Martha (nee Fischer) Hempel.

He immigrated to America in 1959 with his wife and three daughters for the adventure and start of a new life. He represents the true American Dream with hard work and love of family. Helmut retired after 50 plus years as the owner of Helmut Hempel Organ Pipe Company. His pipes are still being heard in organs around the world.

The love of music was reflected with his being a self taught mandolin, banjo and harmonica player. He loved the great outdoors and was an avid skier and enjoyed camping with his family. Spending time with family was the most important part of his life.

Helmut is survived by his loving daughters, Ingrid (James) Shandersky of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Brigitte (Lawrence) Gibel of Hinckley, Karin (Wolfgang) Hein of Strongsville, Christine (Jeffery) Buckley of Amherst; grandchildren, Christopher (Ingrid), Renee (Phillip), Karoline (Christopher), Keith (Jennifer), Alison (Charles), Erich, Kristie (Travis), Rachel (Richard), Jennifer and Emily and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Margarete (nee Rebohl) Hempel of 64 years and two sisters.

Family will receive friends Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon at Waite & Son Funeral Home, 3300 Center Rd., Brunswick. Funeral service will follow at Noon. Burial will follow at Hope Memorial Gardens, Hinckley.

The family wishes to give a heartfelt thank-you to the staff and care givers from Plum Creek Assisted Living and Crossroad Hospice for all their loving care and for all who have touched Helmut's life.

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