Dec. 8, 1923 – Jan. 14, 2012
Charlotte May “Connie” Lewis of Lovell was born Dec. 8, 1923, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, to Paul Leo and Lillian May Schucht Conaway. She died at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings on Jan. 14, 2012, following a fall at the home of her daughter.
Charlotte graduated from Martins Ferry High School in 1941. She married 2nd Lieutenant Charles Christopher Lewis, a Marine Corps pilot, in New Castle, Pa., on May 14, 1945. They were married 62½ years, until his death on Nov. 14, 2007.
Charlotte worked at a variety of jobs during the course of her life. She worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone in New Castle, as well as in Troutman’s Dept. store prior to her marriage. After marriage, she became a homemaker, raising five children before returning to the workforce. She worked at W.T. Grant department store, and then became a bookkeeper at Thrifty Market on New Castle’s west side. Following that, she became a bookkeeper at Friendly Ice Cream store on Wilmington Road in New Castle. She was a Tupperware dealer for a brief time, and also did a brief stint as a volunteer packing dinners for Meals on Wheels in New Castle.
She was a member of the Clen-Moore United Presbyterian Church of New Castle and, as her children were growing up, was active in the church choir, adult Sunday school and helped with church activities like youth group, Bible school, church dinners and the father and son banquets.
Charlotte was a life member and Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star New Castle Chapter 105 and was also involved at various other times in Wimodausis and White Shrine. She had a beautiful singing voice. As a young girl, she sang in a gospel quartet on the radio, and as an adult, she sang lead in a barbershop quartet and was a charter member of the New Castle chapter of Sweet Adelines.
In 2010, following her husband’s death, Charlotte moved to Lovell to live with her daughter.
She is survived by five children: Cheryl Grotefend of Valencia, Calif., Coleen Lewis of Lovell, twin sons Chris and Chad Lewis of New Castle, Pa., and Cindy Lewis of Huntington Beach, Calif. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Charles Grotefend (Dianne) of Powell, James Grotefend of Valencia, Calif., James Lewis (Andrea) of Louisville, Ky., Matthew Lewis (Barbara Anne) of Mars, Pa., Kathy Lewis, Craig Lewis, Kimberly Wheeler and Mark Lewis of New Castle, Pa., and 12 great-grandchildren: Kyle, Chaz and Daniel Grotefend, Samantha and Katelyn Frasso, Trentan Wolfe, Christian, Sarah Elizabeth and Cameron Lewis and Adrianna, Jeremy and Zachary Wheeler.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters–Clara Williams, Helen Lewis and Ruth Kinnan– and one brother, Howard Conaway.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Lovell United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. with Pastor Paula Morse officiating. A graveside service will be conducted and cremains interred at Oak Park Cemetery in New Castle, Pa., at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a memorial contribution in Charlotte’s name be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.haskellfuneralhome.com.