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Charlotte Markle

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Charlotte Markle, age 85, of New Hampton, Iowa, died Saturday, September 30, 2023, at MercyOne Medical Center in Mason City. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 6, 2023, at Harvest Church in New Hampton. Interment will be held in the New Hampton City Cemetery with Mandy Turner, Nicki Litfin, Hunter Carey, Jake Benda, Sammy Benda, Chad Young, and Cory Austin as pallbearers. Visitation will be 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 5, 2023, at the Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory in New Hampton. Further visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. 641-394-4334 Charlotte Lillian Markle, a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on September 30, 2023, at MercyOne Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa. Born on June 18, 1938, at the New Hampton Hospital in New Hampton, Iowa, she was the cherished daughter of Marion and Bernice (Cushing) Cagley, and the youngest of seven siblings. Charlotte grew up in Ionia, Iowa, where she attended Ionia Public School and graduated in 1955. She furthered her education at the Iowa State Teachers College, earning a four-year degree with a Bachelor of Arts as a music teacher. Her love for music would remain a constant throughout her life. On August 17, 1963, Charlotte married the love of her life, Donald James Markle, at the First Baptist Church in New Hampton. The couple owned the New Hampton Skating Rink from 1962 to 1972, a venture that brought joy to their community. Charlotte was also actively involved in her community, serving on the Library Board, leading a Girl Scout troop, and holding various offices at her church, including Secretary, Choir Director, accompanist, and organist. Charlotte was a devoted mother to her son, Rex, and daughters, Lori and Tammy. She was a beacon of love and wisdom for her six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her family was her pride and joy, and she cherished every moment spent with them. Known for her kind and intelligent nature, Charlotte had a zest for life that was contagious. She had a love for bowling and was a longstanding member of the coffee cup league and at one point in her bowling career, she belonged to three leagues at once, joining her sister Barbara Meyers and daughter Lori. She was also an avid traveler, embarking on numerous trips to England, Ireland, and across the US with her sister Maxine. Charlotte had a passion for collecting antiques, and when traveling with her family or friends, she loved stopping at antique shops to look for treasures. Charlotte's husband, Donald, passed away on October 26, 2011. Despite the loss, she remained a pillar of strength for her family, demonstrating the same resilience and grace that had defined her throughout her life. Charlotte's life was a testament to her wisdom, kindness, and unwavering love for her family. Her legacy will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. She will be deeply missed, but the memories she created will continue to inspire and comfort her family and friends. Charlotte is survived by her children, Rex Markle of Blaine, MN, Lori (Scott) Carey of New Hampton, IA and Tammy (Steve) Benda of Ankeny, IA; six grandchildren, Mandy Turner, Nicki Litfin, Hunter Carey, Jake Benda, Sammy Benda and Chad Young; five great-grandchildren, Freya Knudtson, Astrid Knudtson, Turner Litfin, Eleanor Litfin and Cory Austin; one brother, Marion "Bub" (Esther) Cagley of Ionia, IA and one sister, Shirley VanAndel of Denver, CO. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don; daughter-in-law, LeeAnn Markle; siblings, Robert Cagley, Gwen (Leslie) Schroeder, Barbara (Jerry) Meyers, Maxine Cagley; brothers-in-law, Dave (Betty) Markle and Johnny Van Andel, sister-in law, Annabelle (Davis) Henderson.

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  1. So sorry for the family’s loss. I remember her from the bowling alley and she was my Aunt Barb’s sister so saw them at some their parties.

  2. So sorry to hear about your loss. Was so looking forward to bowling with her. Sending prayers to her family. Jeanne and David Roder

  3. So sorry for your loss. Just like Jamie said our bowling family will miss her dearly. Sending prayers to your family 🙏💔 God has gained another special ANGEL in heaven.

  4. To the family of Charlotte sorry for your lost. I remember 🎳 with her. She will be missed. Remember the good memories you had with her. She will look down on all of us.

  5. I remember how beautifully Charlotte played the organ and piano at church. Every Sunday, the entire building was filled with music and people singing at the start of her direction.

  6. We send our sympathy to the family. I will remember the beautiful smile your Mom always had. Like others I will remember bowling with her and her being so kind and pleasant to visit with. Fond memories will remain with me.

  7. To all the family- Charlotte will be missed so much.🥰 She was so patient and helpful to me in choir and playing piano for me on a number of occasions. Many prayers for all of you.🙏-Judy and Dean

  8. Best great-Grandmother, and Grandmother in-law one could ask for. She is missed, will be missed, and although she has left loved ones here for now on earth, she is rejoicing in Heaven with so many other loved ones.

  9. I am so sorry Tammy to hear the passing of your mother. My condolence and sympathy to you and the family. My prayers are with you and the family. Regina McAuley

  10. Hugs and prayers to the family on the loss of Charlotte. She was a go getter and lived life to the fullest. Made a big impact on the people who surrounded near. Greatly will be missed!

  11. Sorry to hear this sad news, why back when we played cards with the Markle at card party, You have my sympathy.

  12. Lori, sorry to read this. I only bowled with her for the last two years. I enjoyed her. Prayers for you and your family.

  13. Charlotte was such a talented lady and will be missed by all who knew her. Prayers and sympathy to the family.

  14. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry for your loss. I remember Friday nights at the roller-skating rink greeted by name and a smile. I enjoyed listening to Charlotte play for the church and signing in choir.


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