Charlotte (Haydon) Hapak (1926 - 2017)

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Charlotte Haydon Hapak, 90, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
She was a resident of Gulf Stream, Florida, for the past 10 years after living in
Indianapolis for decades. Charlotte was born on Dec. 19, 1926, in Springfield, a small town she still held dear in her heart. Charlotte was a charter member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Indianapolis and a parishioner at St. Vincent de Ferrer in Delray Beach, Florida.
She obtained her B.S. in Physical Education from Indiana University in 1948. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and a self-described jock. There she met her partner for life, Dr. Francis M. Hapak (deceased), and they were married for 57 glorious years. When they weren't squiring around their seven children, they traveled the world dining, antiquing, watching sporting events, shopping and learning. She continued her extensive travel up until the time of her death. The Colts game in London last fall, with side trips to Milan and Paris, was a recent highlight. She was game for anything (pun intended.) Frank and Charlotte were faithful attendees of IU football and basketball games, members of the Hoosier Hundred and season ticket holders for more than 43 years. She enjoyed watching (and critiquing) the marching band and the Redsteppers at every football game. She had hoped to see I-69 completed in her lifetime.
Charlotte spent many years of her mid-life playing golf and tennis in her spare time.
She fueled her competitive spirit in later years playing croquet. She played in
tournaments in the Hamptons, New York; Merion, Pennsylvania; Greenwich, Connecticut; Chatooga, North Carolina, Palm Beach, Florida, and across the country. She was a passionate advocate for the sport.
Teaching her grandchildren how to play was always a special time for her, as was her tournament win with her son-in-law Rob as her partner. She was a member of the U.S. National Croquet Association and the National Croquet Center in Palm Beach, Florida.
She also loved playing bridge and enjoyed many an afternoon playing with her friends at Meridian Hills Country Club, Country Club of Florida and the Ocean Club of Florida.
She was a lifelong reader and learner and took the time to read several newspapers each day.
Charlotte also had a giving and charitable spirit. She was a dedicated volunteer with St.
Margaret's Hospital Guild and the Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis for many years. She was also particularly devoted to and made numerous charitable donations to the beautification of the city of Springfield, St. Catharine College, St. Dominic's
School and many other worthy causes.
She was a devoted mother and a shining example of grace, elegance, strength, perseverance and fun. She is survived by six children, Mark Hapak, Susan Hapak, F.
Haydon Hapak (Claudia), Tracy Hapak Schick (Rob), Madeline Hapak and Holly Hapak
Betz (Kevin). She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, whom she loved and adored.
She cherished her time with them, and would often save their personal notes to read and read again for many months. She was delighted that she could celebrate her 90 wonderful years of life with them last December.
Charlotte is predeceased by her parents, George Robertson Haydon and Charlotte Wall
Simms Haydon; a sister, Mary Jane Klausing (Robert); brothers, George
Robertson Haydon, Jr. and Benjamin Simms Haydon, and her daughter Charlotte Shaut
(Mark). She also is survived by her brothers, Ryan Duffy Haydon and Lloyd Haydon.
The family would like to recognize the Ray family for their extraordinary friendship, especially Charlie Ray, Mary Agnes Ray Brown, Sarah Ray and Rosemary Brown. As
Charlie and Charlotte said to each other just a few days ago, "What would we do without each other?" We can never adequately express our deep appreciation for all they have done.
The funeral and burial will be private. Leppert Mortuary is handling the arrangements. Condolences to the family may be made at
Memorial contributions can be made to the I.U. Foundation,, 1500
S.R. 46, Bloomington IN 47408.
Published in The Springfield Sun on July 29, 2017