Charlotte R. Gaden

May 27, 2019
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2 p.m. June 15, 2019 at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th St., Waterloo


One hour prior to services at Locke Funeral Home


Memorial Park Cemetery, Waterloo


May be directed to the family


Charlotte Regina Gaden, 98, of Ash Grove, MO, formerly of Waterloo, IA, died at Republic Nursing and Rehab on Monday, May 27, 2019.


She was born November 29, 1920, in Marshalltown, IA, the daughter of Martin H. and Lydia Propp Lorenzen. Charlotte graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1938. Following graduation, she worked as bookkeeper for her father at Hawkeye Steel Products.


In 1940, she married John "Jack" Pershing Gaden; they later divorced. He preceded her in death on December 25, 1997. During their marriage, Charlotte’s support of her husband’s vocal talent brought them to Bayonne, NJ, to live close to opportunities in New York City. While there, they purchased and operated a small grocery store called Banner Grocers. They later moved to Chicago where Jack sang lead in several operas.


In 1956, she returned to work at Hawkeye Steel as head bookkeeper and served as Secretary on the Board of Directors, retiring in 1983.


Charlotte was a past member of the Waterloo Chorale Association which performed the Messiah every year. She was a former member of Trinity American Lutheran Church and Ascension Lutheran Church in Waterloo and served faithfully in their choirs.


She is survived by four daughters: Cheryl (Larry) Unger of Waterloo‚ Jacqueline Heeney of Waterloo‚ Beverly (Dave) Gibson of Ash Grove, MO, and Rita (Roger) Heidt of Ozark‚ MO; 10 grandchildren: Wayne Likes, Larry S. Unger, Matt Boltz, Ed Boltz, Audrey Peterson, Heather Marshall, Ryan Christensen, LeAnne Crow, Andrè Heidt, and Noelle Burgess; 18 great grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren.


Charlotte is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Robert and Myron “Mike” Lorenzen. 


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  1. Randall | May 30, 2019
    Please accept my sincere condolences to the family.  I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Charlotte.  The Bible assures us at Psalms 34:18 that God is near to those broken in heart.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  May your many memories help you find peace and comfort as you go through the coming days.

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