In Memory of Charlotte R. Schlender

Charlotte R.  Schlender
Charlotte R. Schlender
Born: September 22, 1938
Died: March 11, 2018
Age: 79
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Charlotte R. Schlender
September 22, 1938 - March 11, 2018
From: Battle Creek, IA

Charlotte R. Schlender, age 79, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Reverend Chad Lierman will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, of Battle Creek, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Charlotte Rose (Beckmann) Schlender, the daughter of William and Emma (Stork) Beckmann, was born September 22, 1938, in Madison, NE. She grew up in the Madison, NE area and graduate from Norfolk High School with the class of 1956. After high school Charlotte attended college in Norfolk and graduated with a teaching degree. She then taught country school in the Madison County area. 

On August 30, 1959, Charlotte was united in marriage to Lester O. Schlender in Madison, NE. The couple were blessed with six children: Gary, Darla, Lorie, Shelly, Bobby and Amy. The family made their home in the Atlantic, IA area before eventually settling in Battle Creek, IA.

Charlotte was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her and Lester enjoyed participating in couple’s bowling league as well as dancing. She enjoyed reading and sleigh rides. Charlotte was known for her green thumb. She had a love for planting and growing flowers as well as letting her grandchildren pick them. Charlotte loved spending holidays with her family and always had cookies prepared to share.

Left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 58 years Lester Schlender of Battle Creek, IA; children Darla Rios (special friend Randy Umland) of Schleswig, IA, Lorie (Keith) Bennigsdorf of Storm Lake, IA, Shelly (Dale) Schiernbeck of Ida Grove, IA, Bobby (Anita) Schlender of Arthur, IA and Amy (Perry) Venteicher of Holstein, IA; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents William and Emma Beckmann; son Gary Schlender; brother Vernon Beckmann.



10:30 a.m., Thursday
March 15, 2018
Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Chad Lierman


Benjamin Oberle
Aaron Reiss
Joshua Rios
Kurtis Bennigsdorf
Brady Schlender
Bryce Schlender

Honorary Pallbearers
Richard Luckritz
Damon Venteicher


5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday
March 14, 2018
Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Recorded Selections

"Amazing Grace"
"How Great Thou Art"
"On Eagle's Wings"


Mt. Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 10:54 AM
“Lorie and family. So sorry for the loss of your Mom. May all your memories with her help you get through this difficult time. Love and prayers to all.”
- Julie McKinney
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 2:38 PM
“So sorry to hear, hard to believe she's gone. Knew her a long time and she never changed, always a smile and "How's your family?" When she was able always came for sift and st”
- Fern Krayenhagen
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 2:38 PM
“My heart goes out to Uncle Les and the family. May Aunt Charlotte Rest In Peace.
I love the picture of her that you've selected!”
- Linda (Beckman) McKain
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 12:13 PM
“Les and kids... so sorry to hear about Charlotte... I saw a lot of her when Mom was at Willow Dale.. she always greeted me with a smile and pointed to where Mom was. I have fond memories of our friendship from years ago. Sincere sympathies to all.
- Mareta Vermeys
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:11 AM
“Very sorry for your loss. Prayers be with the family through this trying time. ”
- Laurie Chandler
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:02 AM
“LESS i would like to send you are prayers and thoughts. so sorry to hear about Charlotte.”
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