Age 92 Born into eternal life in her West Allis home on Monday, October 30, 2023
Adelee was born to Reverend Walter & Olga Seidensticker in Cushing, Oklahoma on October 19, 1931. Her family moved to Ashippun, WI when her father accepted a call to serve at St. John's Lutheran Church. Adelee loved to play outside and shared many memories with us of this time in her life with her parents, four sisters and one brother.
In young adulthood, Adelee began using Charlotte as her first name....easier for people to pronounce she said......
Charlotte graduated from Oconomowoc High School in 1951. She loved working with her hands
and enjoyed factory work.
In 1956, Charlotte married Edward Heathman and they welcomed her miracle baby, Rosemary, who was born 3 months premature.
In 1962, she met Donald Rasch, her man of faith, and they were married by her father at Bethany Lutheran Church in December, 1962.They both wanted more children and they were blessed with four boys.
Mom became a widow in 1981 when Don died of heart disease at age 49. Her strong faith was her constant companion. By this time, Rosemary was married and it was just her and her boys! She finished raising the boys. She became a school bus driver and nanny to several families. Children continued to be an important part of her life.
She made the decision to sell the family home and had been a resident of Berkshire Manor Senior Apartments for 19 years. It was close to her work, hair/nail salon, grocery store and health clinic. When she could no longer drive, she grabbed her walker and "ran" her daily errands.
Charlotte was preceded in in death by her parents, Reverend Walter A. and Olga Seidensticker,
Husbands, Edward Heathman and Donald Waldo Rasch and her four sisters, Philippa (Roland) Glines, Veronika (Jack) French, Margaret (George) Schneider, and Leah (Rev. Carl) Leyrer.
She is survived by her brother, Stephen (Jan) Seidensticker, her children, Rosemary (James) Cason, Keith (Kathryn) Rasch, Jeffrey (Jeanne) Rasch, Kenneth (Diane) Rasch, David Rasch and birth mother of David (Sheryl) Olsen.
Loving grandmother of Kyle (Julie), Christy (Timm), Leslie, Christina, Tierney, Jacqui, Julia, Jacob, Samantha (Brian), Alex, Brian (Candice), Tabitha, Joy and Isaiah.
Blessed great-grandma of Dylan, Abigail, Carter, Jaxson, Twyla, Rylee, Caleb, Devon, Ashlyn, Rayden (deceased), and Ruby. Great-great grandma of Ivy, Willow, Meadow, Evalelya, Aspen, Kaleo, Raylynn.
Family learned to never call her during the Wheel of Fortune. The card-table in front of her recliner was the command center where she played solitaire, worked on word searches and penned her thoughts. She loved to play BINGO with her neighbors in the apartment building where she would proudly announce that she could never lose more than a $1.50. No bird ever went without fresh drinking water as she refilled the courtyard birdbath daily.
We were called “Charlotte’s Clan” as we more or less moved in to assist Mom during her final weeks. We would like to thank Nurse Jenny, Home Health-aide LaTonya and Social Worker Chiquita from Aurora at Home Hospice for their tender-loving-care. Nurse Jenny and LaTonya were Mom’s sounding board and confidant as she faced her 17-month battle with esophageal cancer. They helped us take Mom through this journey, respecting her wishes along the way. Mom waited for Jenny's last visit to pass away peacefully with family and Jenny by her side in prayer. Nurse Jenny gave Mom a birthday present of an Olive Wood Comfort Cross from
Bethlehem. Mom held it in her hands as God tapped her on her shoulder as she told us he
Mom's church community at Grace Bible Church was very important to her faith and everyday life. Special thanks to Sandy Bates for giving Mom rides to church when she could no longer drive and to Reverend Henry Redd who assisted her for many years in so many ways.
Memorials appreciated to Aurora at Home Hospice in memory of Charlotte or to Grace Bible Church. Memorials will be used to purchase wooden comfort crosses from Bethlehem for hospital nurses to distribute to other hospice patients in honor of Charlotte.
Mom asked to share this one thought with the people at her funeral:
“Be assured, you were all loved and respected regardless…. as we all have made choices we
regretted and moved on prayerfully trusting the Lord to lead us forward.”