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MADISON — Charlene (Char) Klossner, age 77 , was born in Madison, Sept. 18, 1942, to Adolph (Al) and Elsie (Bollier) Bach and passed away at home Wednesday Feb. 26th, under the care of Agrace Hospicecare. She attended schools in Madison, Fitchburg and Phoenix graduating from Wisconsin High in 1960. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy where she was “Sailor of the Month” and rodeo princess at Camp Pendleton. After discharge, she attended UW Madison for one year and then went to work for Dr. James Bitterman as an orthodontic assistant. When Dr. Bitterman retired,she taught herself to type and joined CUNA Mutual where she retired. She was an avid quilter, making many herself and binding others for Quilts of Valor. She was also a mad Sudoku solver. She was predeceased by her parents and grandparents. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Tom; son, Rob; daughter, Heidi (Chad) Fahey; and grandsons, Noah, Miles and Owen Fahey; two brothers, Randy (Sue) and Dan (Joyce) Bach; special sister-in-law, Karen Demaree; special aunt, Liz Bongard and many friends. The family would like to thank Dr. Arbaje, the nurses and staff at SSM/Dean Oncology as well as the team at Agrace Hospicecare. A celebration of life will be held in April at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to ORUCC, Agrace Hospicecare or Quilts of Valor in her name. Compassion Cremation is serving the family.
I enlisted in the Navy right out of high school. Served as a Dental Tech in the Waves in the hospital at Camp Pendleton in California for three years (was even voted Rodeo Princess one year – my 15 minutes of fame!)
Came back to Wisconsin and attended the UW until I married Tom and had to work to keep him in school. ( He got his degree – I never went back to get mine.) We’ve been married 45 years now. We raised two kids, Heidi and Robert here in Madison. Rob is 40 and still not married and Heidi has been married for 15 years and lives in Belleville with her husband Chad and 3 sons ( Noah-10, Miles-7 and Owen-4) They own and run Charlie’s Bark Park, which is a Doggie lodge and daycare in Belleville.
Both Tom and I are now retired. I worked for Dr. Bitterman ( an Orthodontist ) for 25 years until he retired and then I went to Cuna Mutual and worked there in the Insurance world for 15 years until I retired 6 years ago after a bout with Breast Cancer (am now in remission and feeling great – Yippee!) We now live in Sun Prairie and spend our time caring for our parents (mine 88 & 90 and his mother 93) and grandkids and traveling and cruising as much as we can.