WELCOME - Mass of Christian Burial for Charlotte L. Stine, 72, of Welcome, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Sherburn, Minn. Burial will follow at Welcome City Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont.
Charlotte Louise (Stahn) Stine died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Born Aug. 5, 1937, to Edward and Louise (Krahmer) Stahn, Charlotte grew up in the city of Welcome, Minn., and graduated valedictorian from Welcome High School in 1955. She participated in band, choir and Girls State. After graduation, she worked at 3M in Fairmont where she met her future husband, Rodney Stine. They were married on Aug. 11, 1956, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont and began raising a family. In 1963, Charlotte and Rodney bought a house in Welcome. Charlotte took loving care of her family and home while working evenings at the Welcome Liquor Store until 1970, when she took a secretarial position at the Welcome Creamery. After the closing of the creamery in 1975, she worked various secretarial positions that led her to the law offices of Erickson, Zierke and Kuderer. There she developed her skills as a legal secretary and was hired by Co. Attorney, Jerry Wilhelm, as an office manager and legal sec. for Wilhelm & Walker Law Office. As the law office changed, she continued her career working for Viesselman & Barke, PA until retiring in 1996.
Throughout her life, she enjoyed golfing with her husband & friends, playing piano, attending plays & concerts, singing in the church choir, gardening, raising African violets and playing cards. After retirement, she was an active member of St. Luke's Catholic Church, Welcome Historical Soc., Welcome Cemetery Soc., Welcome Senior Citizens, St. Luke's CCW, Fairmont Opera House Stage Hands & Relay for Life.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rodney; and brother, Donald Stahn.
Survivors include her son, Brad (Karen) Stine of Truman; daughter, Jacki (Jeff) Cink of Owatonna, daughter, Mary (Steve) Slette of Woodbury; eight grandchildren: Christine, Anna, Jason, Lauren, Claire, Alex, Blake & Carter; sister, Helen (Ed) Gersch of Fairmont; brother, Gordon (Virginia) Stahn of Fairmont; three step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; and many dear friends, neighbors and family.
Charlotte's presence in the community and our lives will be truly missed. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the St. Lukes Catholic Church, Fairmont Opera House, Martin County Relay for Life or the American Cancer Society.