WAUSAU, Wis. - Charlene R. Anderson, 69, of Rothschild, died Monday, May 5, 2014, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born July 18, 1944, in Ironwood, Mich ., daughter of the late Charles and Alma (Saari) Cox.
On Dec. 4, , she married David Anderson in Bessemer, Mich. He survives.
Charlene served her country during the Vietnam era in the United States Air Force and was very patriotic and proud of her service. Afterward, she worked for many years at Dairyman's Country Club in Boulder Junction. Above all, she loved her family and cherished the time spent with them.
Survivors include her husband, David Anderson, Rothschild; daughter, Jennifer Anderson-Olson, Rice Lake; grandson, Logan Olson, Rice Lake; sisters, Ella (Patrick) Thompson, Ontonagon, Mich ., Sandra (Gene) Anderson, Duluth, Minn ., and Andrea Cox, Rothschild; brother, Jeff (Jan) Cox, Ironwood; stepmother, Vera Cox, Bessemer; sister-in-law, Carol (Ken) Westbrook, Cedarburg; as well as many special nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charlie Cox; a sister, Ellen Louise Cox; and her father- and mother-in-law, David and Edna Anderson.
Per Charlene's wishes, she will be cremated and no service will be held at this time.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established. A donation is also being made in her name to Marty's Goldenaires.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St ., Wausau, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at petersonkraemer.com.
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If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you back again.
No farewell words were spoken, no time to say "goodbye."
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My heart still aches with sadness, and secret tears still flow.
What it meant to love you - no one can ever know.
But now I know you want me to mourn for you no more;
To remember all the happy times. Life still has much in store.
Since you'll never be forgotten, I pledge to you today -
A hollowed place within my heart is where you'll always stay.