Charles W. McCullough

Charles W. McCullough, passed away peacefully in his home on December 22, 2017. He was born in Oakley on August 24, 1930. A lifelong resident of Madeira and Indian Hill and graduate of Madeira High School, Charles began his career as a Barker greeting card salesman. His charismatic charm led him to sales success that eventually took him to Minneapolis where he lived for ten years from 1948 – 58 and met his wife Anne who helped him start the C.M. Paula Co. Returning to Cincinnati they built the company to become a successful social expression novelty company. In 2004 the company shifted to become a holding company of four other companies and continues its success to the present day because of Charles’ vision and oversight of the company. Charles remained involved and active in the company which was his passion until he could physically no longer do that earlier this year. Charles is the beloved husband of the late Anna (nee Holmquist) McCullough, loving father of Kathy (Kevin Meagher) Dennin-Meagher, Chris (Amy) McCullough and Kelly (Michelle) McCullough, devoted grandfather of Daniel, Natalie and Patrick (Sydney) Dennin, Luke and Suzanna McCullough and Kean McCullough. He is also the great-uncle of Greg Ertel, Lura Landoll and Ian Abbott and the brother-in-law of Dan (Jane) Holmquist and Bill (Eileen) Holmquist. Passed away on December 22nd at the age of 87. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 28th from 5-8PM at Thomas-Justin Memorial, 7500 Montgomery Rd. (45236) and again on Friday, December 29th from 10AM until the time of funeral service, 11AM Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church, 8000 Miami Ave. (45243). The family will host a luncheon at their home after the funeral. The interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to The UC Foundation, Attn: UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, PO Box 19970 (45219) or online at (specify Gardner Neuroscience Institute). Condolences may be shared with the family through our website,

Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Dec. 26, 2017