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Charles Fettig

Charles T. "Charlie" Fettig

Sunday, February 6th, 1938 - Tuesday, January 19th, 2021
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Charles “Charlie” Fettig

Charles Fettig passed away peacefully in the early morning of January 19th with his beloved wife of 58 years, Elaine asleep at his side. He had been at home for two glorious days showered by the love of his daughters Lisa Cideciyan, Amy Macy, and Megan Fettig. He left behind 3 loving sons-in-law, Artur Cideciyan, John Macy, and Ryan Nixon, his sister Joan LaBarge (Bill), his grandchildren Arianna and Abigail Macy, Nicholas and Nathan Cideciyan, and several nieces and nephews.

Charlie graduated from Villanova University and spent the bulk of his career employed in marketing at Merck & Co. where he changed the way antibiotics were promoted, saving countless lives. He led Merck’s Mectizan program, an unprecedented drug donation venture which helped to eradicate river blindness in remote African communities. While working on this program, and a highlight of his professional life, Charlie collaborated alongside Jimmy Carter in Chad, West Africa.

Charlie was born in Ardmore, PA, lived in Doylestown for over a decade, and spent the last 30 years in beautiful Solebury where he loved chopping wood and working on the property where he planted over 65 trees. He enjoyed climbing trees with a chainsaw in hand well past the time he should have.

He and Elaine were avid travelers and together they adventured to well over 50 countries on 6 continents. Amongst their numerous ventures, they lived in a small village in Thailand teaching children English, worked on organic farms in New Zealand, and visited their children and grandchildren around the globe from Paraguay to Senegal.

Charlie was an easy-going, light-hearted, lucky, and charismatic man who was devoted to his family. There are many stories of early morning fishing trips and a broken-down boat on annual family vacations.

Depending on your relationship to him, you may have known Charlie as a devoted husband, a dedicated family man, a beer drinking buddy, a wonderful host, a talented Marketer, the last to leave a party, or a devout Catholic who never missed Sunday Mass.

Charlie loved his faith and there will be a funeral Mass held at 11:00AM on his birthday, February 6, 2021 at St. Martin of Tours Church, 1 Riverstone Cir, New Hope, PA. You may view a live stream of the service at the following link. Interment will follow in Buckingham Friends Meeting Cemetery, Lahaska, PA. Social distancing and masks will be required. A celebration of life will be announced and held at a later date.

Charlie always expressed a desire to have trees planted in his memory. To honor him in this way, plant a tree in his name or send a donation to plant trees at Buckingham Friends Meeting where he will be buried. You may send a donation to:

Buckingham Friends Meeting
5684 York Rd.
Lahaska, PA 18931
Specify: “Charlie Fettig tree”

Charlie served on St. Martin’s Cloak at his parish church. This committee helps needy people in urgent circumstances. You may send a donation towards the work of this committee to:

St. Martin of Tours
1 Riverside Circle
New Hope, PA 18938
Specify: “St. Martin’s Cloak”
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday February 6, 2021 | 11:00am
    Saturday February 6, 2021 11:00am
    St. Martin of Tours
    1 Riverstone Cir
    NEW HOPE, PA 18938
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Buckingham Friends Meeting Cemetery
    5684 York Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Megan's Peace Corps friends

Posted at 01:20pm
With love from Megan's Peace Corps friends.

3 trees were planted in the memory of Charles Fettig

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Beth (Macy) and Rick Costa

Posted at 12:11pm
With deepest sympathy to Elaine, Lisa, Amy, Meghan, and the entire extended family. Sending love and thoughts of comfort during this time of grief,

3 trees were planted in the memory of Charles Fettig

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Lisa Cideciyan Posted at 03:25pm

Thank you Beth and Rick.

Nsana Benedict

Posted at 04:16am
Dear Charlie's family,
Charlie was a great family friend. He and Elaine travelled thousands miles to my wedding and they signed our marriage certificate in Rubaga Cathedral church Kampala Uganda.

You will remain in our memories as a great family friend and we shall continue our friendship with Elaine and the family.

May your soul rest in eternal peace.

Benedict and family from Kampala Uganda

carol linardis

Posted at 02:30pm
Charlie was a dear neighbor and friend .He was also a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather; he was so proud of his family. Charlie was a good Christian man and a true gentleman as well. We shall never forget some of his stories, jokes and just day to day chit chat when both he and Fred used to " chug down a few" on the back porch or in the garage .And, we will always remember some of the unusual circumstances in which he found himself. .We will certainly miss you Charlie but we will never forget you. Until we meet again, rest in peace and a HAPPY NBIRTDAY.

Deepest sympathies to Elaine and family.

Carol and Fred Linardis


Myrtle Potter

Posted at 11:00pm
Dear Fettig Family,

My family and I lived on Shetland Drive a few doors down from you for many years. I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Charlie and I worked at Merck together for many years. He was a special colleague who lit up the room wherever he went. Please accept my condolences. I pray that you find comfort in your faith and comfort knowing that Charlie was loved by so many. Myrtle Potter

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