HUNTLEY – Charlotte A. Nielsen, 89, of Huntley, passed away peacefully at her home in Huntley on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.
Charlotte was born Dec. 28, 1923, in Beloit, Wis., the daughter of Charles and Erna (Lemke) Koenig. She was raised and educated in Chicago and on Aug. 25, 1945, was united in marriage to John Hess. The couple made their home in Chicago, where she worked for Illinois Bell and raised her five children. Following John's death in 1976, she married Robert Nielsen on Sept. 24, 1977. They made their home in River Forest and following his passing in 2003, she moved to Huntley.
She was a member of the First Congregational Church and had been active throughout her life in various churches. She was ahead of her time, loved to sew and play the organ, and made Raggedy Ann dolls for family and friends. Above all, family was first and she enjoyed her time with them, especially when the meals together included spaghetti or corn on the cob.
She is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Larry Dagley) Schneider of Woodstock, Cheryl (William) Lawrence and Rosemary (Jim) Fermo, all of Union, Charlotte (Jack) McCarthy of Orland Park and Nancy (Rick) Bero of Huntley; her grandchildren, Rachel, Ellen, Jennifer, Stephanie, John, Alex, Kelly, Colleen, Kari, Christin, Nancy and Holly; her great-grandchildren, Aric, Logan, Cassidy, Annabelle, Hunter, Brooklynn, Luke, Angelina, Delainey, Joseph and Faith; a brother, Robert (Bonnie) Koenig of Genoa; and her sister, DeLores (Ron) Horan of Maquoketa, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Hess and Robert Nielsen; a brother, Lawrence Koenig; a son-in-law, Barry Schneider; and a granddaughter, Katherine.
The visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, at DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral Home, 10763 Dundee Road, Huntley, and from 9:30 until the service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at First Congregational Church, 11628 E. Main St., Huntley.
Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery, Arlington Heights.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Parkinson Association of Illinois, P.O. Box 617875, Chicago, IL 60661; or First Congregational Church, BOLD Fund.
For information, call the funeral home at 847-515-8772 or online condolences can be directed to www.defiorejorgensen.com.