Charlene M. (Schwenk) Schoggen, born on August 22, 1922 and passed away on May 13, 2012. Following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's Disease, Charlene Schoggen died peacefully on Mother's Day, May 13, 2012, in the presence of her husband and daughter.
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She was predeceased by her father, Charles Schwenk; mother, Helen Schwenk; and son, Stuart M. Schoggen. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, RADM Joe G. Schoggen USN, Ret.; son, Stephen G. Schoggen; daughter, Stephanie S. Rollins; grandchildren: Kathryn A. Barnes and David E. Rollins; great-grandson, Owyn G. Barnes; as well as her brother, Colonel Larry D. Schwenk, USAF, Ret.
She was born in her grandmother's house in Kansas City, Mo. Graduated from Northeast High School, Kansas City, MO Community College and Park College in Parkville, MO. She married Joe Gene Schoggen on May 5, 1944 in Cambridge, MA before he left for Pacific Theatre service to his country in World War II.
Charlene was a chemist in a steel plant in Omaha, NE during World War II, worked at Dayton's Department Store in Minneapolis, MN, gave birth to her two sons in Lawrence, KS before moving with her family to Alameda, CA as her husband returned to serve with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. She held many volunteer positions during duty assignments in Yokosuka, Japan, Arlington, VA, Newport, RI, Castlledefels, Spain, Athens, GA, Mechanicsburg, PA, Pearl Harbor, HI, Arlingon, VA (a second time), Long Beach, CA and Brooklyn, NY. Charlene completed post-graduate courses at Long Island University (NY) to earn her teaching credentials in NY State. She taught elementary school in two different school systems: Mechanicsburg, PA and McLean, VA. Joe and Charlene traveled internationally during their time with the U.S. Navy as well as during their retirement years.
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Published in Daily News-Sun on May 18, 2012