Mae Margaret Charley

Mae Margaret Gantenbein Charley, age 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on August 29, 2020, at Dubuque Specialty Care in Dubuque.  To honor Mae’s life, a private family service is being held.  Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Mae’s family.


Mae was born on November 13, 1928, in Earlville, Iowa, daughter of Matthew and Bertha Mae (Haar) Gantenbein.  She married Gus W. Charley in Scales Mound, Illinois on November 20, 1948.  Mae had one priority in her life; family.  She always made sure those she cared for knew that they were everything to her.  Mae’s baking skills were second to none, you could always be sure that everyone around her was going to benefit from her time and talents in the kitchen with a sweet treat.  She loved to crochet and made countless afghans for her family and friends. She worked outside of the home for a few years at the Dubuque Packing Company, but primarily, at home was where Mae desired to be.  In her later years, Mae would enjoy completing a good word search or crossword puzzle from time to time. Thank you, Mae, for always being the best wife, mother, grandmother, and friend anyone could hope for.


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Mae include,


her 3 children,

Steve (Linda) Charley, Rock Hill, South Carolina,

Gerald “Jerry” (Lisa) Charley, Dubuque, Iowa,

and Sandra (Tom) Cavanaugh, Dubuque, Iowa;


her grandchildren,

Carrie (Richard) Brown and Jason (Mandy) Charley;


her great-grandchildren,

Collin Brown, Eric Brown, Chloe Brown, and Julie Charley;


her sister,

Marjorie (Merle) Wilson, Tucson, Arizona;


and her brother,

Ronald Dzaboff, Strawberry Point, Iowa.


Mae was preceded in death by her husband; her parents and stepmother, Hazel Mae Gantenbein; her siblings, Jeanette (George) Charley, Robert (Annette) Gantenbein, Donald (Lois) Gantenbein, Matthew, Eugene, Jimmy, and Leonard Gantenbein.


Mae’s family would like to thank Dr. Runde, along with the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and St. Croix Hospice for all of their professional and compassionate care. 


Online condolences may be shared with Mae’s family at

To honor Mae’s life, a private family service is being held.  Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque. 

5 comments on “Mae Margaret Charley
  1. Jan Gantenbein says:

    Aunt Mae was such a treasure❤️ From the day I met her she made me feel like one of her own❣️ We shared many laughs, tears, memories…and of course cookies and recipes🥰 One of the sweetest times in my life was when we lived down the street from her and I could just run up the street to visit or take her a treat❤️ She was the best story teller and note writer…loved her memories❣️ She shared words of wisdom with me after my sweet Dan passed away that still bring me great perspective❤️💔 I will always love you sweet Aunt Mae❤️

  2. Billie Jo Heiderscheit says:

    My thoughts and prayers goes out to Mae’s son Jerry and the rest of her family . It was my pleasure getting to know her and see her and that sweet smile on a daily basis !!! Rest in piece my sweet Mae

  3. Madalynn Gienau says:

    My name is Madalynn. I got the chance to work with Mae at DSC. I just wanted to thank you guys for the opportunity to work with Mae. She was the most charming women heart of gold. I will miss doing crosswords and tucking her in for bed as she tells me my hair is beautiful and my eyelashes are amazing! Mae always made sure to make me feel good about myself and she helped bring joy to my job. I loved coming in and getting to work with her. She loved her children dearly and i’m so sad to see her go. My condolences to all. Love ❤️

  4. Dennis and Mary Cosley says:

    Hi Steve and Jerry, please accept our sympathy on your mom’s passing. Share your memories among family and friends often. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dennis and Mary Cosley

  5. Brenda Gantenbein says:

    Love to all my family ❤️❤️ My prayers are with you!

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