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Ronal Fenstermacher

January 3, 1946 — July 1, 2021

West Chester

Ronal Fenstermacher

…The Life of the Party…

January 3, 1946 - July 1, 2021

On July 1st, 2021, Chevis Regal’s stock price fell sharply on the news of Ronal Fenstermacher’s passing.  Senior executives at Chevis called an emergency meeting to brace for the impact of the anticipated drop in sales.

Born in West Chester to Hilda Lane Gordy on January 3, 1946; Ron was a graduate of West Chester High School in 1963 and the Philadelphia College of Art in 1968.  In 1968, Ron was drafted by the US Army during the Vietnam War.  He was sent to Japan for a bullet to the knee and a case of malaria.  He was honorably discharged in 1970.

Poppy, age 75, bought the farm, is no more, has ceased to be, left this world, is bereft of life, gave up the ghost, kicked the bucket, murió, c'est fini. In a few short weeks, esophageal cancer took his life. He was always the life of the party but when it was time to go, he slipped quietly and peacefully out the back door.

Ronal is survived by his wife Edythe Joines Fenstermacher and his two children – Heidi Fenstermacher and her wife Sarah McDonald and Curtis Fenstermacher and his husband Jay Hummel. His first wife Nancy Fenstermacher is the mother of the wonder twins.  Ron will also be missed by Nancy’s wife Barbara Churchville.  He is also the best Poppy to his amazing grandson, Bodie Fenstermacher. He will also be missed by his cousin Kirk Grim and his family as well as his two sisters Brenda Montague and Holly Davis. He was predeceased by his favorite fur person – Pooh Bear.

Mr. Ron would like to let you know that his work here is done. He received a call, a sort of an offer you can’t refuse, for an appointment from which he will not be returning. This assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with family and friends he has not seen in a long time. Job security is exactly 110 percent. His new mission takes him to a wonderful place where he will be socializing, dancing, gardening and reading to his heart’s content. Music, laughter and love are guaranteed. Food is delicious and you never gain an ounce. He left detailed instructions for his wife and children to celebrate his mission here, which has now been completed. Low adherence to this instruction will not be tolerated.

He lived 1,000 years in his 75 years on Earth, because he attacked life; he grabbed it by the lapels, kissed it and swung it back onto the dance floor. Ronal was world-renowned for his lack of patience, not holding back his opinion, and a knack for telling it like it is.  He was highly proficient at cursing. He did the New York Times crossword puzzle every Sunday, in ink.

He had a career in interior design and created amazing spaces for clients who became friends.  He was published in design magazines for his wonderfully creative and unique projects from coast to coast. He had the most amazing gardens that overflowed with wonder and excitement.  He had a zest for life’s adventures – travel, food, libations and fun.

Ron was a Rotarian for many years and was proud of the work that Rotary did in the community and around the world.  He will be honored posthumously as the Most Social Rotarian of the Year in 2021.

Ronal is remembered as a man who left a trail of laughter, generosity, compassion, wisdom and of course his fabulous hat collection.

Please don your most festive hat and join us for a “Life of the Party” celebration in memory of Ronal Fenstermacher. We plan to honor a life well lived on Sunday July 18th, 2021 from 12-3 at Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square, which was not only Ron’s favorite “kitchen” but also his last creative gift to the world.  Contributions in his memory may be made to Longwood Rotary Club, PO Box 781, Kennett Square, PA . 19348 or online at

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