Remmert Funeral Home


Charlene Ann Haist

September 21, 1931February 5, 2021

Charlene A. Haist, 89 of East Peoria, passed away Friday, February 5, 2021 at Serenity Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Born September 21, 1931 in Dwight, IL to Philip and Henrietta (Matzen) Terpening; she married Paul Haist on April 1, 1951 in East Peoria. He preceded her in death on December 24, 2016. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Marian LaFeber on October 22, 2020. Surviving are her brother, Lee Terpening of East Peoria and several nieces and nephews.

Charlene was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in East Peoria. In her younger years she participated in many bowling and billiard leagues around East Peoria.

She spent her career at Caterpillar where she had been the first female Visitor Services Rep providing factory tours to customers and dealers. She retired as the Assistant to the Eastern Region Manager after 35 years with the company. Her efforts opened the door for many women to hold similar roles following her. In retirement, she and Paul spent their time camping, fishing and traveling and spent most of their golden years together in Fort Myers, FL.

Charlene had a wonderful smile and sense of humor that was loved by all.

Cremation has been accorded by Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. Charlene and Paul will be inurned together at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria with a graveside service at 10:30 am on Monday, May 10, 2021.

Memorials are suggested to the East Peoria St. Jude Runs.


  • Graveside Inurnment Service

    Monday, May 10, 2021


Charlene Ann Haist

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JoAnne Krueger Coon

February 13, 2021

My heart was saddened to read that Charlene had passed away! She and Paul were good friends of my parents for many many years. She was always a beautiful classy lady with a quick wit and gorgeous smile. May you and Paul continue your adventures in heaven

Connie Ennis

February 12, 2021

I am so blessed to have met Charlene! She was so sweet & I loved her smile! She was very friendly to all the residents at Serenity & would be the first to strike up a conversation. She was such a classy lady.