Charlotte Berens

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Charlotte Winifred (Spires) Berens

Lancaster: Charlotte Winifred (Spires) Berens, 90, of Lancaster, entered Eternal Life with Christ Our Savior on May 10, 2011. Charlotte was the beloved wife of William F. Berens, and the devoted, loving mother of ten children, twenty grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren: William Francis Berens (Charlotte P.) of Atlanta, GA, and grandchildren Abigail Greene (Steven) and Jason Berens; Carol A. Short (Thomas) and grandchildren Ann Brideweser (Bill) and Katie Short; Kathleen Wingenter Taylor (Tom) and grandchildren Lori and Julia Wingenter and Amy Rabe (Marcel); Mary Angela Berens; Constance L. Berens; Bernard J. Berens; Helen D. Berens and grandchildren Anthony, Denise, and Sara; Attorney Randall S. Berens (Deborah) and grandchildren Elizabeth (James Pease), Suzanne, Rachel, and Lauren; Judge Richard E. Berens (Rebecca) and grandchildren Jennifer, Daniel, and Megan all of Lancaster; and USAF Senior Master Sergeant Alan L. Berens (Tricia) of Waynesville, OH, and grandchildren Alexandria, Connor, and Madeline. Her great-grandchildren include Jackson and Vivienne Greene of Atlanta; Will and Benjamin Brideweser of Dover, OH; Avi and Eric Rabe of Lelystad, The Netherlands; and Eden Grae of Lancaster.

In addition to her husband Willam, she was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Marie (Criste) Spires, stepmother Alice Spires, loving sister Mary Jo Hanauer, brother-in-law Kenneth Hanauer, brother Louis Spires, sister Frances Bright and sister-in-law Gertrude Berens. She is also survived by sisters Peg Rogers, Julia Lazarro, Rose Andrews, and Regina Robin; brothers Jim Spires and Bud Spires of Marietta, OH; sisters-in-law Laverne Spires and Helen C. Berens, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Charlotte's love and joy was her husband and family. She was a beautiful and gentle woman, a talented artist, a magnificent cook, and a wonderful example of Christian love to her children. During World War II, she worked as a Rosie Riveter while her husband served his country overseas. Charlotte inspired her family with her lifelong example of love, generosity, and resourcefulness. The devotion of all her children and grandchildren is a testament to the love and faith she nurtured throughout her life. After caring for her husband during his prolonged illness, she worked at the law firm of her sons Randall and Richard Berens. Even when her health declined, her deep faith and exemplary spirit sustained her and served as an inspiration to her family and all who knew her.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Father Donald Franks, the Lancaster and Columbus healthcare communities who participated in her care over many years, and her many supportive neighbors and friends who helped make her final years so special. She is now in the care of the Divine Physician. Friends may call at SHERIDAN FUNERAL HOME, 222 S. Columbus St, Lancaster, OH, on Sunday, May 15, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. A faithful member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Charlotte's life will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, May 16, at 1:00 p.m. Burial at St. Mary Cemetery, Lancaster, Ohio.

Contributions in Charlotte's memory may be made to St. Mary Grade School Tuition Assistance Fund, Lancaster, Ohio, or the Maywood Mission, Lancaster, Ohio, a non-denominational religious center which promotes the general welfare of the unfortunate in the community.

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Published in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette from May 13 to May 15, 2011
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