Charlotte Yoder Lackender, 93, of Kalona, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Pleasantview Nursing Home in Kalona. A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Sharon Center United Methodist Church, where Charlotte was an active member. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at the church.
Charlotte Yoder was born Nov. 26, 1924, in rural Sharon Center, Iowa, the daughter of Omar R. and Emma C. (Petsel) Yoder. She graduated from Sharon Center High School in 1943, and attended business school in Iowa City. She then went to work as a secretary for Eldon Miller Trucking Co.
Charlotte married Russell Lackender on Aug. 16, 1947. They had four children, Douglas, Joan, Janet and Dennis. Charlotte farmed with her husband, Russell, in addition to being a homemaker. After the children were grown, she held jobs at Iowa Land Realty in Coralville, Mr. Ed's in Kalona and Jackson's Gifts in Iowa City. Following her retirement, she worked at the Kalona Historical Society as a tour guide. She was active in the United Methodist Women, Johnson County Women's Club and Eastern Star chapter in Sharon Center.
Charlotte was a force of nature. She loved family dinners, bike rides, and canoe trips that brought her loved ones together. She felt especially blessed by her family. She thoroughly enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also prized all of her many nieces and nephews and their children, with whom she was active up to the end of her days. She belonged to a neighborhood card club during her married life and was the last living member of that group. At Pleasantview, she belonged to several card groups.
In her later life, after Russell died, she found a cherished companion in Tessie, her Papillon pooch. Tessie passed away unexpectedly, six days before Charlotte.
Charlotte made many friends at Pleasantview, where she lived for more than 18 years in her cottage there.
Her family wishes to thank all the staff at Pleasantview whose work, each and every day, blesses the lives of those they serve. They also wish to thank Iowa City Hospice for their care of Charlotte in her last days.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell; their daughter, Joan; and by three brothers; and two sisters.
She is survived by three children, Douglas Lackender and his wife, Jo, of rural Iowa City, Janet Wilson and her husband, Mark, of rural Iowa City, and Dennis Lackender and his wife, Jeanette, of rural Washington. She is also survived by son-in-law, Jack Harshberger of Durango, Colo.; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, (with number 19 on the way); and by one brother, Alan Yoder and his wife, Esther, of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Charlotte was a sparkle in the life of all that she touched. We will recall her brightness whenever we greet a friend, old or new, whenever we see the sky full of twinkling stars, and whenever we watch the fireflies rise from the prairie on a warm summer night.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sharon Center United Methodist Church, Pleasantview Home or Iowa City Hospice. To share a thought, memory or condolence with her family, please visit the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com.