Charlene M. Sartwell, age 83, of Hesperia, passed away Sunday, January 23, 2022. Charlene was born December 19, 1938 in Fremont to Charles and Mabel (Kirwin) Fairchild. She was raised in Newfield Township and graduated from Hesperia High School. She married Ronald Sartwell on August 8, 1986. He passed away February 17, 2009. She was employed at Howmet Corporation before attending Muskegon Community College and becoming a licensed practical nurse. She was employed at Hackley Hospital in Muskegon. Charlene was an excellent cook and loved to bake. As a freshman in high school, she won the Oceana Cherry Pie Contest (the first of several times). She also enjoyed many different crafts, knitting, sewing, canning and ceramics, mastering any she decided to take up. She was very proud of her children and especially enjoyed seeing her grandchildren & great grandchildren.
Charlene is survived by her children, Cheryl (Rodger) Engle, Cindy (Mark) Burrell, and Jeff (Lori) Rumsey; all from Hesperia; her grandchildren, Chad (Julie) Burrell, Erik (Andriea Rose) Burrell, Daniel Burrell, Ernesto (Amanda) Tovar, Tony Tovar, Rigo (Ashley) Tovar, Amador (Kayla) Tovar, Ashley Rumsey, Dana (Randy Knight) Rumsey, Alexa Rumsey, and Jeffrey (Catie) Rumsey; great-grandchildren, Alaina Tovar, Brelen Tovar, Ava Tovar, Antonio Tovar Jr., Annabella Tovar, Cole Tovar, William Tovar, Keira Tovar, Madilynn Jackson, Nolyn Yell, Andrew Tovar, Izabella Tovar, Kaegan Shears, Haden Burrell, Beau Burrell, Evarley Burrell, Aalayna Golden, Benjamin Golden, Eilee Golden, Maverick Knight, and Harper Rumsey; brothers, Richard (Connie) Fairchild and Thomas Fairchild; and sisters, Carol (Thomas) Shatney, and Vivian Rellinger. She was preceded in death by her parents Charles & Mabel, and a brother, Leon Fairchild.
A private graveside service will be held for Charlene in the spring. Please consider Harbor Hospice, 1050 W. Western Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49441 as a memorial.
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