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Charlotte Ann Ardt

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 3rd, 2014

ARDT—Charlotte Ann Ardt, 93, formerly of Florence, died May 27, 2014, in Bend, of age-related causes.

She was born at home in Snoqualmie, Wash., on Feb. 11, 1921, to Elizabeth and Joseph Zengel, the third of five children.

In her early 20s, Charlotte experienced the lifestyle of New York City for six months while working in the Empire State Building as a “hat check girl” before returning to Washington State.

She married Frederick Joseph Ardt May 13, 1949, in Seattle, Wash., before moving to Salem, Ore., in 1950.

Over the next eight years, she gave birth to four children, Christine, Glen and identical twins Janet and Joan.

Charlotte worked at home as a child day care provider, during her childrens’ school years, before going to work for the city of Salem. She retired in 1983 and moved to Florence, Ore., where she and Fred lived for his final 26 years.

They built their retirement home on the north shore of Sutton Lake, where they were greeted daily with a magnificent and ever changing view of the lake. Charlotte thoroughly enjoyed watching the lake’s many moods.

Both were active participants and volunteers for the Florence Siuslaw Lions Club and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. They also enjoyed playing cards and visiting with neighbors.

Charlotte dabbled in painting and weaving pine needle baskets when she wasn’t reading a book or taking care of household chores.

She loved reunions with her three sisters, when she would laugh, reminisce and be transported to an earlier time free of responsibilities. She lived for her family and fell in love with her two grandchildren, Kalene and Spencer; nothing gave her greater joy than spoiling them during their visits.

Shortly after celebrating hers and Fred’s 60th wedding anniversary, Fred passed away, leading to Charlotte’s move to Bend, Ore., where her son resides.

Charlotte’s last year-and-a-half were spent at Aspen Ridge Memory Care, where her caregivers often talked about her spirited and direct demeanor.

Others remember Charlotte for her caring, loving and giving soul, her inviting smile and constant laughter. Charlotte will be missed by many.

She is survived by her four children and two grandchildren.

There will be a family memorial in Florence later this summer.

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