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George Ann (Retterer) Charles
George Ann (Retterer) CharlesGeorge Ann (Retterer) Charles, 95 of Richwood, passed away on May 18, 2023, in her home. She was born in West Mansfield on August 9, 1927, to the late George Benjamin and Arthelma Ruth (Fout) Retterer. She was married to Cecil Sherman Charles, son of Cecil Stephen and Martha Gladys (Lavender) Charles on May 21, 1944. George Ann graduated from Richwood High School in 1944, completing her requirements a year early so she could accompany Cecil when he left for army training during WWII. Cecil preceded her death on December 7, 1986. They celebrated forty-two years of marriage together.

George Ann is survived by two children: Bruce Cabot (Rebecca Jane Shade) Charles of Marysville and Mary Ann (Michael Shane) Sager of LaRue. She has eight grandchildren: Sarah Charles Barr, Seth Cabot (Karolyn), Stephen Benjamin (Colleen), Sherman Daniel, Samantha Ruth Charles, Shane Benjamin (Rachel), Jessica Ann, and Lucas Alden (Carly) Sager, and eight great-grandchildren: Elizabeth Charles Barr, Alejandro Cabot Charles, Kayleana Rose Sager, Emmitt Mitchell Cotterman, Mateo Eduardo Charles, Remington Lukas Sager, Kason Alexander Sager, and Cecil Bennett Charles.

George Ann was the oldest of five siblings, three brothers, and two sisters: Dale (Marge) Retterer, McConnelsville, Marjorie (Richard) Skidmore, Richwood, Janet (Garry) Mosher, Essex, Dean (Sandie) Retterer, Springfield, and Richard (Melanie) Retterer, Grove City. Dale, Marjorie, Richard Skidmore, and Richard Retterer are deceased. She was surrounded by love from many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by Paul "Doc" Cramer, who was her loving life partner for the past fifteen years.

George Ann was very active in the community, having owned and operated Charles Auto Parts Co., with Cecil, from 1944 to 1998. She was a member of Richwood First United Methodist Church, a Sunday School and Bible School teacher, choir member, finance chairperson, and served on the personal needs committee.

She was a member of Mt. Carmel Chapter Ohio Eastern Star for 70 years and served as WM., DGM, and District President.

George Ann was a pillar of the community, volunteering her time and talents in Union County, holding several leadership roles including: President of the Ohio Children’s Council League, 50-year member of Carpe Diem Literary Club, Mental Health & Recovery Board, and Chairman of the county art contest. She sat on the review board for Military Appointees for Academy Cadets, participated in Richwood Sesquicentennial, North Union Schools building committee, North Union Veterans Memorial, and was a Cub Scout Den Mother.

George Ann had a passion for politics, committing many hours to political campaigns. She served as President and Treasurer of Union County Republican Women and was Union County Republican Chairwoman from 1987 to 2003. She received the “Tribute to Women” award from the Ohio Federation of Republican Women.

When she was not making an impact on her community, she loved spending time with her family and friends, reading, doing needlework, and playing pinochle and mahjong. Throughout her life, she enjoyed riding Cushman scooters and attending shows, making new friends along the way. In 1944, George Ann started researching and recording her family lineage, proudly publishing in 2017, the Retterer Family History Book.

George Ann lived a full active life, she left a lasting impact on the community she loved and will greatly be missed by her family & friends.

A special thanks from the Charles/Sager family goes to Tranquility Hospice of Delaware for their loving care.

A celebration of life ceremony will take place at 11:00 am on Saturday June 10, 2023, at the Richwood First United Methodist Church with Pastor Joseph Rhea officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name, to the Richwood First UM Church, 18 S. Fulton St. Richwood, Ohio 43344

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood is assisting the family.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

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#1 from: Susan Garwick Slagle
Berlin, Ohio
Tue, May 30, 2023 at 7:35 PM

Remembering your mother as an inspiration, mentor and friend. Susan

#2 from: Brian E Napper
Wed, May 31, 2023 at 12:23 AM

May GOD be with your family during this time of grief and forever.  

#3 from: Mark Appelfeller
Louisville CO
Wed, May 31, 2023 at 5:49 PM

Mary & Mike, So sorry for your loss! but it sounds like Mom filled 95 years with a really good caring life. Hope you find comfort in her legacy.

#4 from: Mike Brake
Wed, May 31, 2023 at 8:00 PM

Bruce and Mary and families:  So sorry to read that Georgeann has passed. She was a pillar in the community. Again, sorry for your loss.

#5 from: Pat Kyle Beatley
Thu, Jun 1, 2023 at 1:03 AM

A long life we'll lived that will be missed greatly by all her family. My sincere  sympathy to all of her family.  It is so difficult to loose a mother no matter how old they are. Pat Kyle.

#6 from: Johnanibert
Thu, Jun 1, 2023 at 7:35 AM

So sorry to hear of GeorgeAnn passing. Just seen it today. You have my sympathy.         Johna Nibert

#7 from: Donald Lewis Columber
Kingman, AZ
Thu, Jun 1, 2023 at 9:25 AM

To the family and friends, I send my sincerest condolences. I went to grade school with her daughter Mary Ann and played ball for the Charles Auto Parts sponsored teams. George Ann and Mr. Charles were pillars in the Richwood Community. We will all miss them.

#8 from: Rex Cramer
Mount Gilead
Sat, Jun 3, 2023 at 7:11 AM

My family and I offer our prayers and condolences to all “George’s” family. I have so much love and admiration for her.  I cherish the memory of the relationship her and my dad, “Doc” shared and the kind spirit that George Ann had for all.

#9 from: Fred Smith
Wed, Jun 7, 2023 at 11:29 AM

My condolences to her family my mother worked for them they were very nice people God rest her soul

#10 from: Terry Barb kemp
Fri, Jun 9, 2023 at 7:21 PM

To George Ann’s family we send our deepest condolences , and know you will all be in our hearts and prayers.  Sure loved visiting with her an Doc thru the years a will miss them both. RIP dear George Ann

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