Charlotte A. McAlexander, 84, of Sidney, Ohio passed away on February 8, 2019 at The Landing, Sidney, OH. Charlotte was born in Miami County, Ohio on June 3, 1934, to the late Wilgus & Wilma (Apple) Duer. On November 26, 1953, Charlotte married Donald McAlexander who preceded her August 11, 2016. Surviving are three children, Debra (Randy) Marchal, of Russia, Anthony (Angie) McAlexander, of Conover and Cinda McAlexander, of Sidney. She leaves behind 10 grandchildren, Rachel Phlipot, Nicole Doseck, Renae Borchers, Laura Barhorst, Nathan Marchal, Melissa Hoying, Ryan McAlexander Kristen Bennett, Mike McAlexander, Jessica Bennett and 35 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Betti, D. Hook, sister-In-law, Martina McAlexander and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, one sister, Maxine, and 10 brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law preceded her in death.
Charlotte graduated from Brown Township (Miami East) School In 1952 and Wright State University where she receive her BA in Education. Her entire teaching career was spent at Fairlawn Local Schools teaching vocal music and English but it wasn’t just her role as teacher that made impressions on young minds and hearts. It was her love for music and the ability to pull talent out of even the shiest child that her students and the community will remember. She broke new ground by performing Broadway musicals at the high school that spanned several years. She loved teaching students the art of music and also loved the people she worked with over the years. In 2011, Charlotte was honored and inducted into Fairlawn’s Wall of Honor for her dedication she gave throughout her teaching career. In retirement, Charlotte loved traveling with her husband Donnie, which led them to become tour guides for AAA. She also taught music at Sidney Christian (Christian Academy) for two years. She was a member of the Rosewood Homemakers club as well. A long-time member of Green View United Church of Christ, Charlotte shared her talents as choir director and organist for 50 years. Charlotte’s family would like to thank the staff of The Landing, Wilson Hospice and Lisa. Viewing will be on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Greenview United Church of Christ, 3041 Leatherwood Creek Road, Sidney, Ohio. (In Plattsville.) Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the church with Pastor Larry Grunden of Greenview UCC and Kris Geise of Houston Congregational Christian Church co-officiating. Burial will follow In Rosedale Cemetery, N. St. Rt. 235, Conover, OH. Charlotte’s entire life can be summed up by this poem by Franklin Belden…“If any little word of mine may make a dark life brighter, if any little song of mine may make one sad life lighter; God help me speak that helping word and take my bit of singing and drop it in some lonely vale and set the echoes ringing!”
Memorial contributions can be made to Wilson Hospice, 1083 Fairington Drive, Sidney, Oh 45365, Greenview UCC, 3041 Leatherwood Creek Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365, Fairlawn Local School music program payable to Deb Marchal, 211 Oakwood Street, Russia, OH 45363, or Shelby County Animal Rescue Foundation, 1100 Clem Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365. The Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, St. Paris, is handling arrangements. Condolences to the family may be sent to www.shivelyfuneralhomes.com.
Wilson Memorial Hospital - C/O Wilson Hospice
915 W Michigan St., Sidney OH 45365
GreenView United Church of Christ
3041 Leatherwood Creek Road, Sidney OH 45365
Deb Marchal for Fairlawn Local Schools
211 Oak Street, Russia OH 45363
Shelby County Animal Rescue Foundation
1100 Clem Road, Sidney OH 45365