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Charlotte Lindstrom, 85

Charlotte Lindstrom, age 85, of California, formerly of Wright County, peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, April 7, 2011.

A local memorial service will take place Friday, July 1 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake at 6:30 p.m.

Charlotte was born Oct. 28, 1925, in Buffalo, MN, and has resided in California since 1958.

She graduated from Howard Lake High School; and earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1981, from CSU Fresno.

Charlotte worked all of her life, obtaining her first job at the age of 13. She held various jobs, most of them in business administration, as school secretary, and payroll supervisor. At the age of 73, Charlotte retired after 35 years with Clovis Unified School District in California.

A devoted member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Fresno, CA, Charlotte served as the church treasurer for more than 39 years. Her involvement there remained a cornerstone in her life, always dedicating her time and energetic talents where they were needed.

An avid exercise enthusiast, Charlotte completed her 2,000th visit to Curves three weeks prior to her death – an achievement she and her family were extremely proud of.

Never admitting to having more than “just a tickle in her throat,” Charlotte remained healthy until her diagnosis of stomach cancer in 2007. She bravely fought her illness, never letting it slow her down until the last few weeks of her life.

Charlotte will be remembered as an energetic force in all the lives she has touched, especially those of her children and grandchildren. She will always remain in her family’s hearts, a joyful and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Preceding Charlotte in death were her husband, Chester F. Lindstrom; her parents, Elizabeth and John Painschab; six brothers; and two sisters.

She is survived by three sons and their spouses, Gary and Heike Lindstrom, Thomas and Linda Lindstrom, and Daniel and Barbie Lindstrom; three daughters and their spouses, Rebecca and Mike Russler, Ruth and Vince Di Santo, and Paula Minugh; three sisters; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating her life took place Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in California, with private burial.

The Clovis Funeral Chapel in Clovis, CA handled the arrangements.