HORNELL-Charlene M. Loper, 77, of County Route 70A (Big Creek Road), Hornell died early Monday morning (July 12, 2021) at her home, surrounded by her family, following a long illness.
Born in Hornell on March 4, 1944, she was the daughter of Claude & Antoinette (Schmitz) Miller.
Charlene grew up in Hornell and later graduated from Hornell High School, class of 1962.
While in high school, Charlene began working at the former Lake Road Dairy and continued her employment for several years following graduation. For many years she enjoyed raising her family as a “Stay-At-Home Mom” and for about 15 years was employed as a saleslady at the former McHenry Jewelers in Hornell, retiring in 1995.
She was married on May 22, 1965 to her high school sweetheart, Floyd Loper, who survives. Also surviving are her son, Jeffrey (Christina) Loper of Hornell; her daughter, Michele (Ed) Flaitz of Hornell; 1 sister, Maurita Doherty of Gilbert, AZ; 5 grandchildren, Jacob Loper, Jessica Loper, AnnaMarie Flaitz, Emma Flaitz & Elaina Flaitz.
Charlene and Floyd shared a love story for 56 years that few get to witness and even fewer get to live. In their younger years they spent countless hours building their entire house themselves and raising a family. Throughout all the years there was seldom a harsh word between them, they were inseparable and very much in love.
Charlene enjoyed for many years boating on Keuka Lake with her husband, family and friends. Charlene’s greatest pleasure though came from caring for her grandchildren on a daily basis, some up until they went to kindergarten. Then she loved spending time with them doing puzzles, playing board games, or just visiting.
The family would like to thank Tender Loving in Home Care for the wonderful care Charlene received the last 2 years. We are grateful she was able to remain in her home that she so dearly loved.
At Charlene’s request there will be no calling hours. A private graveside service will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery at the convenience of the family with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.
Charlene’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to CareFirst Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870
To leave an online condolence or share a memory, visit www.dagonfuneralhome.com.