In the Hands of Caring Professionals
When you come to Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes to honor the life and spirit of your loved one, you will be taken care of by a concerned, professional staff that is committed to making your experience warm and memorable. We would like to introduce you to our funeral associates:
FARES J. “CHIP” RADEL
CEO/FUNERAL DIRECTOR/CREMATORY OPERATOR
Chip was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from Purcell High School and attending Xavier University, Chip immediately pursued his career in the funeral industry. Chip is the third generation to carry on the family-owned and operated business. Radel Funeral Homes was started over 140 years ago by Chip’s grandfather John J. Radel and was passed on to his father, Henry Radel. After Henry’s death, Chip followed in his father’s footsteps and became a licensed funeral director in Ohio and Kentucky. He is a state board-certified master funeral director, a board member of Citizens Bank of Northern Kentucky, and serves on their loan and trust committees. He is a member of the Cincinnati Citizens Police Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, the Cremation Association of North America and the Kentucky Funeral Directors Association, and a past board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnati. Chip has two children, Katie and Fares J. Radel, Jr. Chip’s hobbies include fishing, collecting antiques, and woodworking.
MARGARET A. “MICKEY” RADEL
Mickey’s family is originally from Newport, Kentucky. At the age of 13, she, along with her mother and father, moved to Ft. Myers Beach, Florida where they owned and operated a small motel, trailer court, and marina for 20 years. She graduated from Cypress Lake High School and every day after school would help train dolphins for their show at the marina. She began her banking career in Florida working for Beach First National Bank (which after seven successful conversions became Bank of America) as a switchboard operator and moved her way through the ranks becoming vice president of data operations for both Bank of America and Carolina First Bank. Mickey has three children, Katy, Christopher, and Carrie. After leaving Florida, they resided in South Carolina for five years. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader for her daughter’s troops and also was involved with the Boy Scouts with her son. She was active in all of her children’s sports and extra-curricular activities, headed the once a year fundraiser/silent auction for St. Peters Catholic School in Columbia, South Carolina, was an active member of the parent/teacher association for St. Joseph Catholic School in Cold Spring and the Ft. Thomas School District, and served as a member for the Souled Out Women’s campaign. Mickey is married to Chip Radel, has been a licensed Kentucky funeral director since 2001, and serves as President of Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes. Her hobbies include sewing, needlepoint, and reading.
Retired Cincinnati Police Detective on CPD for 30 years, Jim began his career as a police cadet following his graduation from Oak Hills High School in 1968. The Police Cadet Program allowed him to attend the University of Cincinnati and receive a degree in police science. Jim was appointed a police officer for Cincinnati in 1971, then promoted to police specialist in 1983. In 1972, Jim married his wife, Connie, and together they have three grown children and four grandchildren. Jim worked for the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office part-time alongside eight other police officers from 1984 to 1998. In 1998, he was offered and accepted a full-time investigators position and retired from CPD. He worked in this capacity from 1998 to 2005. Jim began working for Chip and Mickey Radel in September of 2017 and still enjoys his duties here. The position is multi-faceted, including many duties. It is very rewarding, and he enjoys being able to assist families at one of the most difficult times in their lives.
GRIEF THERAPY DOG
Gus was born September 25, 2015, in Crittenden, Kentucky. He was adopted by the Radel family when he was 7 weeks old and moved to the Cincinnati area. He is an AKC registered German Shepard. Gus began his training to be a therapy dog at 4 months old with American Success-Dog Training Academy. He graduated from training in January 2017 and is a certified service dog/grief therapy dog. Gus is a caring and affectionate addition to Fares J. Radel Funeral Home’s staff. He enjoys coming into work and greeting those who need his comfort most. When Gus is not at work, he loves to play with his sister, Charlie the Beagle, playing fetch and going on vacation to Michigan with his family. He also loves to visit with sick children and visit people in nursing homes and hospice. Gus is available to meet with families and attend funeral services at your request.