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;
Carrie (Richard) Brown and Jason (Mandy) Charley;
Collin Brown, Eric Brown, Chloe Brown, and Julie Charley;
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 www.tristatecremationcenter.com
To honor Mae’s life, a private family service is being held. Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.