Charlotte Powell DeLong, of Eaton, Ohio and formerly of West Alexandria, passed away peacefully Monday evening, October the 11, 2021 with family and friends by her side.
Charlotte was born May 23, 1944 in West Alexandria, Ohio to the late Robert and Pauline (Anderson) Powell. Also preceding her in death are her husband of 41 years Kenneth Delong; brother and sisters in law Don and Kathryn Guntle, Edith Pansing; nephew Jimmy Pansing; mother in law and father-in-law Martha and Kenneth A DeLong Sr; Jim and Iris Shiverdecker; uncles and aunts Orville and Louise Anderson, Jesse and Sally Anderson, Leila Elliott, Eddie and Margaret Combs, Bob and Julia Wilson, Dollie Bullins, Milton and Naomi Bullins, Edna Henderson, Robert and Etta Benge, Cordie Powell, Viola Walters, Van and Ollie Settles, Aaron and Reetha Powell
She is survived by her two sons both of West Alexandria, Kenneth Michael DeLong and wife Tracey, and Jason R. DeLong and wife Jennifer; grand children Emily, Dalton and Sydnee, and Ryan, Allie, and Logan; her sister and brother in law Sue Macher and husband Robert; nieces and nephews Beth (Butch) Wampler; Tyler, Megan, Brenda (Dean) Miller, Elizabeth (Austin) Barancin, Beth Rose, Sarah (Austin) Sticklin, Emily Rose, Donna (Warren) Kuck, Hagan Messer, David (Vickie) Guntle, Melissa Anderson, and Amber Carlin; and great grandsons Jace and Jaron.
She is also preceded in death by many first cousins and is survived by dozens. The family wants to thank her cousins Cheryl Jackson, Linda Perry, Joann Juday, Mike Hill and friend Joyce Cooper, and family friend Linda Nuse for helping to provide care and encouragement for Charlotte in her battle with cancer.
Charlotte worked at City Loan and Savings in her young adult life before finding her calling as a high school secretary at Twin Valley South High school in West Alexandria. She worked there for 23 years, retiring in 2004. She helped to put TVS into the modern era with reporting, not only did she use the first word processor in the school system, but piloted the first EMIS data entry and established the process for reporting the the EMIS system to OHIO Department of Education. In addition to secretary, she was senior class advisor, helped raise money as a band booster, an athletic booster, helped to prepare many team meals and banquets and devoted her service to the students of TVS. Charlotte was a high speed typist and helped numerous TVS staff members type their thesis to further their education and earn masters degrees while working for TVS. The family would note that mom was always quick to say that Tom Isaacs and Paul Erslan were the best administrators in her time serving with the district.
After retirement, Charlotte spent her time with family and loved ones. Up until three weeks before her passing, she went monthly to lunch with her friends from the West Alexandria Bulldogs class of 1962. The family thanks Phyllis Miller and her entire class for the encouragement and friendship provided to Charlotte for over fifty years, but more importantly through the difficult times of her battle with cancer in recent months.
Friends may call on the family from 4:00 - 7:00 PM Sunday, October 17, 2021 at the Preble Memory Gardens Funeral Center - 3377 US Rt. 35 E. - West Alexandria. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday at the funeral home with Pastor David Spears officiating. Charlotte will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband Kenneth at Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.
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