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Charlotte F. Graunke, 84

Charlotte F. (Neisen) Graunke, age 84, of Cannon Falls, formerly of Delano, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.

Charlotte graduated from Delano High School in 1945, and worked at Marquette Bank and The Maple Plain Company.

She and Willard raised their family in Delano, retired in Detroit Lakes, and moved back to Cannon Falls to be close to family.

Everyone fell in love with Char the minute they met her, and they would say it was because she was so easy to love.  She had a way of making everyone feel like they were the most important person on the face of the earth. Her infectious smile, laughter, and gift of conversation will forever live in her loved ones’ memories. Char’s love for her family and friends was unconditional and will be everlasting.

Char poured her heart and her soul into making her home a place of happiness.  She loved to bake goodies as gifts for her family, and was famous for her fried chicken and potato salad. She also loved endless phone conversation, playing scrabble, gardening, embroidering, baking, fishing, singing, and dancing. Char embraced every event as a magnificent adventure! 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mathias J. and Frances (Gonsior) Neisen; and daughter-in-law Sandra (Goodman) Graunke.

Char is survived by her husband of 65 years, Willard; children David, Daniel (Mary Jo), Dale (Lynn), Jennifer (Michael), and Griffith; grandchildren Daniel, Nicki (Rob), Alexis, Darrick, Jaime (Joe), Nicholas, and Sean (Tara); great-grandchildren Logan, Caden, Lily, Noah, Tyler, Evan, Savannah and Maci; a brother, Eugene (Betty) Neisen; and many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano.

There was a gathering of family and friends Thursday, Aug. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Iten Funeral Home in Delano, and continued Friday, one hour prior to Mass in the church.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.