Charlene E. Westling, Topeka, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003, at her home. Mrs. Westling was born Sept. 10, 1923, the daughter of Charles H. and Nellie Schenck Williams. She graduated from Pittsburg High School and attended Kansas State Teachers College. She worked for Delta Airlines in New Orleans during World War II and later Eastern Airlines in Louisville, Ky., where she was commissioned to paint murals at the airport terminal building. She has been a violinist with the Topeka Civic Symphony. She also was a para with the special education department at Seaman High School for several years. Mrs. Westling was a nationally recognized Original Doll Artist. She was a member of the prestigious National Institute of American Doll Artists. Her original dolls have been featured in major doll magazines, as well as in books on art and dolls. She was an active member of the Second Presbyterian Church in Topeka, the PEO Sisterhood and Cherished Doll Club of Topeka, and United Federation of Doll Clubs. She married Al Westling on July 12, 1959, at Pittsburg. He survives. Other survivors include two sons, William Westling and Chris Westling, both of Topeka; a daughter, Elizabeth Westling, Topeka; sisters, Virginia Studyvin, Merriam, and Alice L. Swisher, Topeka; and four grandchildren, James, Jena, Jeremy and Roland. Mrs. Westling was preceded in death by two brothers, Galen Williams and John C. Williams, and an infant sister, Glenda Williams. Mrs. Westling was cremated. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Second Presbyterian Church in Topeka. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Keith Worthington Chapter of the ALS Association, 8340 Mission Road, B-4, Prairie Village, 66206; Second Presbyterian Church, 210 N.W. Menninger Road, Topeka, 66617; or to Midland Hospice Care, 200 S.W. Frazier Circle, Topeka, 66606, or sent in care of Davidson Funeral Home.
Published in Topeka Capital-Journal from Sep. 4 to Sep. 5, 2003.