Mar 072012

Charlotte Gertrude (Clark) Plese, 86, passed into eternal life on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at Rose Arbor Assisted Living in Flagstaff. At Charlotte’s request, there will be no services, just a private family blessing and burial.

She was born on June 24, 1925, in Halifax, Vt., to Clarence and Gertrude (Hill) Clark.

She graduated with her R.N. from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She briefly did nursing in Long Beach, Calif., before marrying Matt “Sonny” Plese on Aug. 31, 1955.

They moved to Winslow in 1957 and then back again from Gallup, N.M., in 1965. Charlotte worked for many doctors, including Dr. Bertino and Dr. Engvall at the Winslow Medical Clinic, and then at the Santa Fe Clinic for many more doctors, including Dr. Lewis and Dr. Beckwith. She began working for Dr. and Mrs. Lee in 1983 until her retirement in 1998. She loved nursing, people and working at the clinic.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Winslow and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Flagstaff.

Survivors include her husband, Matt Plese; and three daughters, Mariellen Plese of Flagstaff, Carol (Casey) Gilliam of Winslow and Dr. Sheila (Jim) Johnson of Eugene, Ore. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Courtney (Bo) Barton, Ashley (Mickey) Siegel, and Erik Johnson. Her greatest joy was her great-grandchildren, Shai Anne and Haileigh Barton. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Shirley Clark of Townshend, Vt., Maryola Brlyvich of Gallup and Julie (Pat) Carpenter of Phoenix.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister and brother-in-law, Bea and Bob Wade (Feeding Hills, Mass.); and her brother, Francis Clark (Brattleboro).

Charlotte loved pets, and memorial donations may be made in her name to the Arizona Humane Society, 1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix, Ariz. 85041-8200.

Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.