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Muehlig Funeral Chapel

403 South Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI

OBITUARY

Charlotte Claeys

October 22, 1943February 21, 2020
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Charlotte Ann Claeys (nee Sargent), Age 76 of Ann Arbor, MI passed away on February 21, 2020, from Alzheimer’s disease. She died at home attended by her family.

Charlotte is survived by her husband of forty-two years Gilbert Claeys as well as her daughters Alisa (Scott) Claeys and Gina Claeys. Charlotte is also survived by her siblings John (Jenny) Sargent and Tony (Tonia) Sargent. She is preceded in death by her parents Donald and Virginia Sargent.

Charlotte was born and raised in Spencer Indiana and received a Bachelor’s degree from Earlham College and a Master’s degree in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Michigan. She spent most of her career working at University of Michigan Hospital and the Michigan Department of Corrections. She also spent part of her career in Melrose, Scotland; Denver, Colorado; and Bloomington, Indiana.

An eternal nature lover, Charlotte enjoyed exploring national parks and traveling all over the United States with her family. She loved music and dancing. She also enjoyed reading, movies, dining out, and photography.

Visitation will be at Muehlig Funeral Chapel in Ann Arbor on Friday February 28, 2020, from 3pm-8pm. The funeral service will be held on Saturday February 29, 2020 at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 11am with viewing from 10am-11am. Burial will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery following church service. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.muehligannarbor.com for the Claeys family.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 28, 2020
  • Instate Saturday, February 29, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 29, 2020
  • Burial Saturday, February 29, 2020

Memories

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Sandy Freeman Hill

March 8, 2020

Charlotte & I attended Spencer Schools through high school. We were in the band (both on clarinet, she more talented than I). We were both part of the Sweet Owen Belles, a slightly off-key, but enthusiastic sextet. Charlotte was always the smartest person in the room. She also had the perfect page boy hairdo. I'm still envious. When Charlotte was living & working in Indianapolis (Community Hospital), I looked her up. she invited me to her home for dinner, with Gil, Alisa & Gina (the girls were very young at the time). They moved not long after & I lost touch. However, when Charlotte's mother was dying, Charlotte came to Spencer to attend her mother's death. I called Charlotte & we had lunch in Bloomington. We had lots of laughs & shared that we were both soooo glad that we were beyond high school. Charlotte's sense of humor was always very, very smart, droll, & often above the heads of her peers. In girls' health class, Charlotte made a sotto voce comment to me, which cracked me up so much that I was scolded by the teacher. Thanks a bunch, Charlotte! You are remembered more than fondly & admired for your civility to your acquaintances & accomplishments in life.

Lori Shulman

February 26, 2020

I am a friend of Alisa and Gina since High School days. I was sharing with Alisa that Charlotte (her mom) gave everyone she interacted with "a little grace." What I mean is that Charlotte had a kindness that wasn't just about what she did but radiated warmth in who she was - a warmth that was sincere, from the heart and she was willing to fight for those who needed help as well as provide hope to friends, her family, the people she served in her career and everyone she spoke with. She was gentle and her spirit will remain with me always. Thank you Charlotte for your grace and allowing me to have a safe place when I was a teenager to exist and feel so welcome. Your spirit is so beautiful and I hope you are free from any earthly suffering as you deserve joy, peace and all the happiness you gave others. With love to you and condolence to all who cherished you.

Sharon Schnier

February 24, 2020

I have a lot of fond childhood memories with my cousin Charlotte. She was the cousin closest to my age. We enjoyed playing our grandma’s piano. I loved spending a few days at their house in Spencer, Indiana. We always walked to McCormick’s Creek park to swim, hike and climb through Wolf Cave. Charlotte and I would giggle endlessly about anything. I will always cherish my memories with Charlotte. She was a great cousin!

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