Charlotte Louise Haass, longtime resident of Casper passed away gently on December 17th in Bellevue, Washington where she resided close to many members of her large family. She was 95.
Charlotte was born in Quincy, Illinois to Price West and Louise Locke West. Charlotte spent her early years in Quincy on her parent’s dairy farm. She often spoke of this time with great fondness, recounting tales of riding her horse, who loved apples and peanut butter, to school with her brother John. Later the family moved to St Louis where Charlotte graduated with honors from Ritenour High School.
Upon graduating, Charlotte took the civil service exam and was accepted into a FAA program. She took her training in Kansas City and moved on to her first post in La Junta, Colorado. A later promotion brought Charlotte to Casper where she worked at the airport. Part of her duties included making radio contact with every pilot entering her airspace. She loved her job and had many friends.
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Charlotte met John Haass at the Riverside Club where they had their first dance. They married and began their large family which eventually grew to include ten children, four girls and six boys. Raising her children kept Charlotte busy but she had time for many a project. She was a master seamstress, knitter, and carded, spun and wove wool. Charlotte was known for her bread and pie baking. She often entered them in the Casper fair and once took all the purple ribbons in the bread class. She won the Pillsbury contest, was featured in the Tribune and had a small part in a commercial.
Charlotte also had a garden every season, studied ceramics at Casper College and was an avid reader and bridge player. Well into her seventies, a sunny day would find Charlotte riding her bike up Poplar street and around Mountain drive. Charlotte’s favorite advice to her children was; get up, wash your face, brush your teeth, comb your hair and get going.
Charlotte will be sorely missed by her large family. She will be remembered as an intelligent, dynamic, creative woman of few words but many actions, a person who never turned down a chance to go somewhere or learn something new.
She is preceded in death her parents, Price and Louise West, husband of sixty years, John Haass, sister, Susan Hughes, brother John West and grandchildren Timothy Valstad and Roxanne Hall
All of Charlotte’s children are surviving and include, Mary Valstad, Susan Brenniman, Patricia Leik, Tom Haass, Catherine Hall, John Haass, Mathew Haass, Nathan Haass, Michael Haass and Benjamin Haass. Charlotte leaves twenty-one grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren
A spring service will be held for Charlotte in Casper. She will be interred next to John Haass in Highland Memorial Cemetery.