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Dr. Charles W. Ongena


1948 - 2012 | Obituary Condolences
Dr.  Charles W. Ongena Obituary
Dr. Charles W. Ongena, St. Clair, age 63, died March 11, 2012. Chuck was born on April 16, 1948 in Detroit to Dorothy and Robert Ongena. He attended Shrine High School in Royal Oak, Mich. He graduated from Western Michigan (B.A. 1970) and COMS Medical School in Des Moines, Iowa (D.O. 1973). Since 1974, he was a family practitioner in Richmond, Mich. In 1975, he established Richmond Lenox EMS, the first emergency medical service in the area. He also founded the Macomb County Village Clinic (now Henry Ford Macomb Richmond Health Center) in 1978. He continued to see patients at the Clinic until his death. He was also Medical Director of HFMH Ambulatory Medicine and practicing physician at HFMH. He was past president of the Macomb County Osteopathic Medical Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathic Family Medicine. Chuck was a passionate sailor and a member of the Port Huron and Detroit Yacht Clubs, and frequent participant in the Port Huron to Mackinac race. He was a devout Catholic and member of Our Lady of the River Parish and Holy Cross Catholic Church in Marine City. Chuck is survived by his wife Theresa Ongena; children Christopher (Karen) Ongena, Sara (Jacob) Spence and Stephanie (Michael) Munley; and grandchildren Thomas and Matthew Ongena, Magnus, Aero and Maren Spence and Finnbarr and Audrey Munley. He is also survived by his mother, Dorothy Ongena; brother Robert (Judith) Ongena; and sister, Sally (William) Dalton. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Ongena. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at Our Lady on the River Parish, Holy Cross Catholic Church, Marine City on Friday March 16 at 11 a.m, 10:30 instate at church. Visiting hours are Thursday 3-9:00 p.m. with an 8 p.m. rosary at Young Funeral Home, China Township. For full obituary please go to www.youngcolonial.com.
Published in The Macomb Daily on Mar. 14, 2012
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