Charleen E. Newman of Jefferson City, MO, age 87, passed away peacefully on August 8, 2019 at Capital Region Medical Center.
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She was born July 28, 1932 in Jackson, MO, the daughter of the late Elmer H. Luehring and Elizabeth L. (Lishman) Luehring.
On August 23, 1953 in Cape Girardeau, MO, she married Charles A. Newman who predeceased her on December 31, 2016.
Charleen graduated from College High School, Cape Girardeau in 1950. She graduated from the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis, MO in 1953. She began a long and distinguished career as a registered nurse working initially at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO.
After raising her two sons, she was employed by the American Red Cross and worked the blood mobile at various locations in mid-Missouri for five years. Later she volunteered as a nurse for the Cole County Health Department from 1978 -1997.
She was member of Trinity Lutheran Church since 1965. She volunteered there as a Sunday School teacher for many years. She was a member of the Circle Six.
Charleen enjoyed traveling with her late husband Charles. She collected pencils from many locations around the country and world. She gave programs to groups based on her extensive pencil collection. She was a member of the American Pencil Collectors Society and attended national conventions. She also enjoyed and shared an extensive collection of cherished teddy bears and stuffed teddy bears of various forms and decorations. She was an avid reader and followed the St. Louis Cardinals. For the past six years, Charleen was part of the Heisinger Bluffs community where she enjoyed time with residents, bingo and drums alive. She cherished most, however, the time and love that she shared abundantly with her family, especially her three granddaughters.
Survivors include two sons, Stephen G. Newman (wife Tammy) of Jefferson City and Daniel A. Newman of St. Louis, MO, three granddaughters, Jessie, Rachel and Mary Grace Newman and numerous nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews.
Her parents, step-mother, Iola Luehring, brother, Elmer L. Luehring and sisters Arleen L. Shadrach and Marilyn Young predeceased her.
Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Freeman Mortuary.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30am Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Freeman Mortuary with Chaplain Jim Mueller of Heisinger Bluffs officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church, Jefferson City, MO, and the Heisinger Bluffs Benevolent Care Fund.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.