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Charlene S. Ohmann

Charlene S. Ohmann passed away in the morning hours of Oct. 1, 2023, with the hearts and light of her family nearby. She was 93. A Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 9 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Greenwald with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery. Charlene was the sixth child born to Leo and Carrie (Nathe) Schwieters in Greenwald, a town she loved and served for most of her life. Charlene met her husband, Jackie Ohmann, a returning WWII Navy veteran, whom she wed in August 1950. Together they had 11 children. Charlene was a dedicated member of St. Andrew’s Church in Greenwald, where she sat with her children close to the front altar, always on the west side, during Sunday Mass, while listening to Jackie’s melodic tenor voice coming from the choir loft. As a young woman, Charlene began her career working for the United States Postal Service in 1950. After 38 years of dedicated service, Charlene retired as postmaster of the Greenwald post office where she greeted townsfolk every day. Charlene will be known for her capacity to love and the deep empathy she extended to her wide motherly, grandmotherly and neighborly circles. She not only cared deeply for her family, but also for those who came into her life. Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, neighbors and friends near and far, all felt her tender and kind heart. She faithfully kept others in her light. Her unfailing faith in goodness was guided by her deep and vigilant faith in her God. She exemplified that which we want to see in others. Charlene is survived by her children, Peg (Paul) Mercer of Long Lake, Pat (Bruce) Milbrett of Forest Lake, John (Pam) of Wasilla, Alaska, Susan Keen of Annandale, Virginia, Lisa (Joseph) Krause of Corvallis, Oregon, Laurie (Doug) Schley of Mounds View, Steven (Lisa) of Ham Lake, Michael of Lino Lakes, Tina (Angus) Rowe of Zagreb, Croatia, and Sarah (Graham Leonard) Sommers of Reno, Nevada. Her survivors also include 22 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, her sister, Joan (Jerry) Ehresmann, sisters-in-law Gloria Ohmann and Janet (John) Haas, brother-in-law the Rev. Daniel Ohmann; and hundreds of nieces and nephews. Charlene was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jackie; their daughter, Kate; her parents, Leo and Carrie Schwieters; her parents-in-law, John and Elizabeth Ohmann; brothers Herbert and Anthony; and sisters Loretta Meyer, Dolores Wehlage, Sally Uphoff and Jeanette Barten. Charlene’s family deeply appreciates the caring staff at Pine Haven for their kindness and care and the companionship she received from her fellow residents. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name can be sent to St. John’s-St. Andrew’s Catholic School in Greenwald to continue her legacy of supporting primary education. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose. P-41-1B

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