Charlotte Wessel

Tuesday, July 2, 2002

CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Charlotte S. Wessel, 82, died Monday, July 1, 2002, at her home, after a four-year battle with cancer.

Charlotte was born Jan. 18, 1920, at Gordonville, daughter of William and Emma Hager Gross. She was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Gordonville.

She attended Cape Girardeau schools and was a graduate of Cape Girardeau School of Beauty Culture. She was employed at Altha Beauty School in Bonne Terre, Mo., until her marriage.

Charlotte was married to Clarence "Gus" Wessel Aug. 2, 1944, at Zion Lutheran Church in Gordonville.

The Wessel family moved to Chaffee in 1955. Charlotte was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chaffee. She was a lifetime member of the Ladies Aid and served as president 25 years. She was also a member of Lutheran Women's Missionary League.

While raising four sons, Charlotte was very active in PTA and the Youth Baseball League. For many years, even after her own sons graduated, she supported many activities, especially the sports program, with Chaffee Public Schools. She was employed at Shell's Beauty Shop in Chaffee until her retirement.

Charlotte's focus in life was to be a loving and supportive wife, mother, grandmother and aunt. She was known to always put others before herself, whether it is her family or her neighbors.

Charlotte had great pride for her sons and their families and accomplishments. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren who spent a great deal of time with her and Grandpa. They enjoyed many drives and activities on Sundays, went on camping trips, attended ball games and school functions. Charlotte enjoyed gardening and baking and collecting redbirds.

Charlotte is survived by her husband, Clarence. Surviving children include Jack and Sue Bond Wessel of rural Gordonville, Michael and Linda Cunningham Wessel of Chaffee, Terry and Janet Spane Cook Wessel of Chaffee, Chris and Rhonda Glastetter Wessel of rural Gordonville.

Eight surviving grandchildren include Greg and Kristin Wessel Farmer of Orlando, Fla., Todd Wessel of rural Gordonville, Steven and Jill Graham Wessel of Effingham, Ill., Jamie Wessel and fiance Shawn Nix of Madill, Okla., Theresa Wessel Dunning of Jackson, Mo., Brad Wessel of Cape Girardeau, Brent and Emma Wessel of rural Gordonville; a great-granddaughter, MacKenzie Dunning; three stepgrandchildren; and six great-stepgrandchildren.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chaffee.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church, with the Rev. Wayne Schwiesow and the Rev. Karl Leeman officiating. Burial will be in Union Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Steven Wessel, Brad Wessel, Todd Wessel, Brent Wessel, Kevin Gross, David Herbst, Bob Chapman and James R. Stephens.

The family requests memorials to be given to Chaffee High School Alumni Association and/or St. Paul Ladies Aid.

Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.