Longtime Juneau resident Charlotte T. Pape died Dec. 15, 2009, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was 70.
Born Dec. 6, 1939, in Plant City, Fla., she was the daughter of Aaron and Margaret Mitchell.
She married Joseph L. Pape in 1959 and settled in Denver. Charlotte and Joe were a career U.S. Army family and made their home along with their children at many locations throughout the United States and overseas. Some of those locations were Oklahoma, Hawaii, Alabama, California, Kentucky and Texas. In July 1978 ,they reported for duty with the 172nd Infantry Brigade based at Fort Richardson. After retiring from the military, they moved to Juneau in 1984.
Her family said she was blessed with a beautiful voice. She loved to sing - anywhere, any time. She was a member of the choir that sang for Pope Paul II during his visit to Alaska in 1981 and a second time when the pope invited the choir to sing for him at the Basilica in Rome.
She was a member of the St. Paul's Catholic Church and the church choir for many years. Her employment career ranged from stay-at-home-mom, accountant, bookkeeper and health food store manager, and in Juneau she worked for several local banks and SERRC. Because of her financial background, she volunteered time to help friends, neighbors and others prepare their income taxes.
During the Vietnam War, she devoted many hours caring for the wounded confined to hospital beds, bringing them books to read and reading to those who could not read by themselves due to their wounds. She wrote letters for them, sending those letters to their families and loved ones and maybe most important was just taking the time to listen to their stories. She was always available to help out in school classrooms. The teachers loved her, so did the children, her family said. She spent many hours helping to raise money to pay for grade school sports programs.
"Charlotte was a patient, kind-hearted soul, always having time to listen to the problems or concerns of others," her family wrote.
She loved to fish and work in her flower gardens. She was also an avid reader. She was most happy when surrounded by her family. In July 2009, she and Joe celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, where they were surrounded by their family.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph Pape Sr.; son, Joseph Pape Jr. and wife, Pamela, of Minot N.D.; two daughters, Shari Pape Viele and husband, Mark, of Buckley, Wash., and Veronica Pape and husband, Bill Carlos, of Reno, Nev.; five grandchildren, Brian and Joline Bernard, Alex and Demi Pape, and LeiLani Carlos; and three great-grandchildren, Camille, Maria and Serenty.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 4, 2010, at St Paul's Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Lung Association or the Susan G. Komen "For the Cure" Foundation.
Her final wish for all was to be happy, not saddened by her parting and not waste the precious moments of life.
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