Frank "Charlie" Fannelli

Obituary of Frank "Charlie" Fannelli

Frank ‘Charlie’ Fannelli, of Toms River passed away peacefully August 5, 2023 at Artis Senior Living in Brick, NJ. He was 75.

A lifelong New Jersey resident, Frank was known to friends and family as ‘Charlie’, a nickname derived from his childhood love of a local restaurant, Charlie’s Hot Dogs. To his parents and siblings, however, he was affectionately called Hy.

Born in Teaneck to the late Frank and Evelyn Fannelli, he attended Madonna elementary school and then Fort Lee High School. After graduating, Charlie briefly attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, before leaving to become an entrepreneur, establishing successful businesses in Hackensack and Ridgefield Park.

In 1976 he married Vicki Kohlreiter. The following year, Vicki and Charlie moved down the shore, and started a family. Charlie then embarked on a new career installing business telephone systems, teamed with his brother, William “Willie” Fannelli and brother-in-law, Steven Kohlreiter.

Charlie’s two loves were his family and the Jersey Shore. A skilled boatman and angler, his favorite leisure activity was cruising and fishing the coastal waters of New Jersey. He was also an avid runner, and a fixture in the early morning on the boardwalk. He competed in local races, the Spring Lake 5 being his favorite. Landscaping was another favorite pastime, which in later life he turned into a business.

Charlie is survived by his daughter Lisa Rossmann and her fiancé Scott Brennan, his daughter Lindsey Leonard and her husband Terry Leonard, Lisa and Lindsey’s mother Vicki Hughes, his grandchildren Dylan Rossmann and Duke Leonard, his sister Rosemary Meyer, his brother Willie, and longtime companion Dale McLeod.

His many friends are invited to a memorial service scheduled for Friday, August 1111am- 1pm at Pable Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant, 901 Beaver Dam Road.

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Memorial Visitation

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Friday, August 11, 2023
Pable Evertz Funeral Home
901 Beaver Dam Road
Point Pleasant, New Jersey, United States
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