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Charlotte M. Bierle

Charlotte M. Bierle
Charlotte M. Bierle
- August 9, 2018

Charlotte was born June 2, 1922, to John and Elsie (Ross) Gumtow in Lyons, IL, the second of three daughters.  She graduated from Washington Grade School in Lyons and from J. Sterling Morton High School in Cicero, IL.  After graduating, she worked for Sears Roebuck, Alcoa, and later Reynolds Metal Co.  She met her husband while working at Reynolds Metal Co.  She was a member of St. John’s Peter Church in Lyons, IL, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and was active in youth groups.

     Char married Herman “Bud” Bierle on December 28, 1957, in Cicero, IL.  She guessed the Lord knew how important a family was to her because the day she married, she became not only a bride and a wife, but a mother, mother-in-law, and a grandma to three.

     Char enjoyed letter writing and catching up with family and friends. She always enjoyed dolls.  She couldn’t remember a time when she wasn’t making or dressing dolls.  She also liked knitting and crocheting and making gifts for family and friends.  She loved doing crafts with her friends in the Pine Cone Belle’s Craft Club.  A favorite project was cleaning up and dressing old, used dolls to donate to “Toys for Tots” at Christmas.

    She loved watching all of God’s little creatures, especially the birds feeding outside her kitchen window and the deer and turkeys that wandered through her yard.

     When Bud retired, the couple moved to Boulder Canyon outside of Sturgis.  Char became a member of the LifeSpring Wesleyan Church, their prayer group, and Sunday school.

     Charlotte M. Bierle, 96, Sturgis, died Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.

     Charlotte is survived by two stepchildren, H. Ronald (Sue) Bierle and Gwendalyn (Don) Branson; eleven grandchildren, Rebecca (Rudy) Albrecht, Daniel (Fran) Bierle, Thomas (Cindy) Bierle, Kenneth (Jenna) Bierle, Debra (Paschal) Karl, Donald (Jeanette) Branson, Donna D’Amico, David (Donna) Branson, Andrew (Nanci) Bierle, Ana (Chris) Czernek, and Michael (Becky) Bierle; seventeen great-grandchildren; forty-two great-great-grandchildren with one on the way; and a “substitute” granddaughter and special young friend, Shelby (Frasier) Crays; nieces, Janice (Larry) Smith and Kathy Snyder; and nephew, Gregory Hayes.

     Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband of 47 1/2 years; her parents; stepson, Jerome Bierle; sisters and their husbands, Agnes (Leonard) Kullen and Doris (George) Hayes; and nephew, Bryan Kullen.

     Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 17, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

     Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 18, 2018, at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with Pastor Matt Shulaw officiating.  Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

     Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

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