Charlotte Land Summers Wenneker | Obituary
Charlotte Land Summers Wenneker, 82, passed away on Friday, April 23, 2021, peacefully after years of battling chronic lung disease.
She is survived by her sister, Carolyn (Tad) Perry; his daughters, Carolyn (Jeff) Gordon and Ann-Marie (Kevin) Condon; grandsons Alex (Jenny) Gordon, George Condon and Christopher Condon; and three great-grandchildren.
Born in Fayette, Mo., and raised in Armstrong, Mo., Charlotte graduated from Armstrong High School in 1956. She was able to attend her 60th class reunion with everyone in her class in 2016.
Charlotte married Gordon (Sam) Wenneker in 1959. They celebrated over 50 years together before she passed away in 2015.
She attended Christian College (Columbia, Mo.), Central Methodist University (Fayette, Mo.) and received a degree in English from the University of Alabama in Athens, Ala.
Charlotte taught kindergarten in Houston, then became a librarian and worked in the San Bernardino and Kern County systems in California. She then became an Engineering Assistant for Comarco’s Weapons Support Division in Ridgecrest, California.
In addition to working full time most of her life, Charlotte believed in volunteer service. She belonged to a sorority on duty and was door-to-door for the March of Dimes, with Carolyn and Ann-Marie in the stroller, while she lived in Texas.
When each of the girls was in Brownie Girl Scouts, Charlotte lived for months with a dining room full of Girl Scout cookies while also volunteering as a cookie sales manager.
After her retirement, she remained an active classroom volunteer as a reading aid for first graders. She loved the students and brought them homemade treats every vacation. “Madame. W” was everyone’s favorite grandmother.
Charlotte and Sam have lived and worked across the United States and abroad during their life together. Their list of residences includes: Huntsville, Ala .; Dayton, Ohio; China Lake, California; Houston; Yucca Valley, California; Ridgecrest, California; Ottobrun, Germany; Fayette, Mo .; Vancouver, Washington .; and Pullman.
Charlotte has dedicated her life to caring for others. Whether it was raising her daughters, arguing in a classroom full of 5 year olds, or creating innovative summer reading programs, she was dedicated to this task.
Outside of her family, Charlotte’s passion was reading. She migrated from paper books, to Kindle and finally, when her eyesight deteriorated due to macular degeneration, to audiobooks.
Charlotte and Sam believed in education and worked hard to educate themselves and to ensure that their daughters not only received their college degrees, but both received their masters.
Services for Charlotte will take place at a later date out of state.
Condolences can be sent to Charlotte’s family at 1765 SW Panorama Drive, Pullman, WA 99163.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made at: Lilac Services for the Blind, Spokane, at lilacblind.org.
Benefit from the “Charlotte Summers Wenneker Hall of Sponsors Fellowship” at the Care of Central Methodist University, Advancement Office, 411 CMU Square, Fayette, MO 65248.