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Charlotte M. Fehlauer

Jul 7, 2013 - Staff

Charlotte M. Fehlauer died Thursday, July 4, 2013, at her home in Sandy, Utah, following a lengthy illness.

She was 91 years old.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 12, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 626 Shoshone St., Lander. The Rev. Fredrick Schroeder will officiate.

Visitation with the family begins at 10 a.m., and the funeral service follows at 11 a.m.

Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander.

Charlotte Marie Fehlauer was born Aug. 18, 1921, in Marion, Kan., the daughter of the Rev. Charles C. F. Weidensaul and Mary A. nee Hayen.

During her childhood, she lived in many communities in Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas. Being the daughter of a minister who moved often, she said that she felt like a vagabond.

She attended the University of Kansas at Lawrence from 1939 to 1942 and always was a proud alumna and faithful fan of KU sports.

She met her husband, Gerhard Paul (Gary) Fehlauer, while working in Kansas City, Kan. Mr. Fehlauer was studying at the Central Radio and TV School. They married Feb. 12, 1948, in Eudora, Kan.

In 1949, the couple moved to Riverton, where Mr. Fehlauer was employed by KWRL radio.

In 1950, they moved to Lander where he worked as engineer/announcer for KOVE radio.

In addition to raising her family, Mrs. Fehlauer worked as secretary for the attorney Frank Hays and for insurance firms as well.

In 1958, the couple opened Gary's TV and Music. They operated the business together.

Mrs. Fehlauer continued to operate the family business until 1989.

She moved to Sandy, Utah, in 1995 to be close to her son Steve and his family. There, she completed her years as loving mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Fehlauer was a founding member of Bethel Lutheran Church of Lander.

She was active in many of the congregation groups and offices.

Her family said she was an avid sports fan.

She once said, "I think that the reason I like outdoor sports so much is because I understand them, as I had to play them with my brothers or play by myself. I never had much chance to play dolls as most girls do."

Her family said she also loved to sing and had a beautiful soprano voice. Her family was talented musically, and music was a foundation in their lives and worship.

She is survived by her three sons, the Rev. Donald Fehlauer of Fort Atkinson, Wis., James Fehlauer of Sydney, Mont., and Dr. C. Steven Fehlauer of Sandy, Utah; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers William "Bill" Weidensaul of Augusta, Kan., Herbert Weidensaul of Lawrence, Kan., and James Weidensaul of Lititz, Pa.; and sister Carol Velez of Cheyenne.

She was preceded in death by her parents, the Rev. Charles C.F. and Mary A. Weidensaul; brother Donald Weidensaul; and husband Gerhard Paul "Gary" Fehlauer.

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