Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:41 AM
YORK, Pa. - Charlene Ann Holtgreven Vaught of York, Pa. died at 5 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at Wellspan York Hospital surrounded by family. She was 73 and passed from complications from breast cancer.
Charlene was born on March 19, 1939 in Ottawa, to Charles Michel and Alma (Gmeiner) Holtgreven and was one of eight children. In 1960 she graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Journalism working for a short time for both the Milwaukee Sentinel and as a reporter on the local television news. She continued her education and in 1962 she graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Secondary Education and returned home to Ottawa to help her family due to her father's illness. While teaching in Ottawa she met Charles R. Vaught. They married on Nov. 28, 1963. With his work they moved to several cities in Pennsylvania - Titusville, Warren, and finally settling in York, Pa. where they remained for 45 years being active members of the community and raising three children who attended St. Rose of Lima School, York Catholic High School, and graduated college: June (husband Robert) Clapham of Fogelsville, Pa. (Purdue University), Charles (wife Susan) Vaught of Manhattan, N.Y. (Carnegie Mellon University) and Gail Vaught of Boston, Mass. (Purdue University). After almost 50 years of marriage, Charles passed this past October.
Charlene continued to substitute teach and remained very active regarding education in the communities in which they lived, helping to establish alternative learning venues in the schools such as the Learning Center Program at St. Rose of Lima in York. She served on the St. Rose of Lima Pastor's Advisory Board, was President of the Home School Council, a member of York Catholic High School Board, a member of the Elementary School Committee for the York City School Board, and President of the Holy Child Nursery Board for multiple terms.
Charlene was also active politically in her community. In 1973 she helped to found the Northwest Civic Association. She spent several years at different board positions, and served as president for two terms. This association was active with the city of York in working with the State's HUD program to locate public housing within the community and also to keep local public schools operating in the northwest area of the city. In addition they were instrumental in establishing the area's zoning laws to protect the historic structures within the neighborhood, as well as funding and executing many community projects around Farquhar Park and Kiwanis Lake. She was editor of their 100th Anniversary History and contributed historical background to the new community organization, The Venues. She was active in the Republican party locally, acting as the chairman for several mayoral campaigns, serving on various advisory boards, and in 1984 running as the Republican candidate for State Representative. In retirement, she was also active in various local book clubs, was a strong supporter of the Martin Memorial Library, and an avid gardener.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles, three sisters, Mary Louise McMillen, Kathleen Rose Holtgreven, Shirley Marie Giesken; and three brothers, Leonard Joseph Holtgreven, Charles Thomas (Junior) Holtgreven, and James Donald Holtgreven. She will be remembered and loved by her sister Alma Jean (Daryl) Franz of Angola, Ind., her three children, June Ann Clapham and her husband Robert, Charles Vaught and his wife Susan, and Gail Vaught, and her grandchildren, Amanda, Sarah and Robert (III) Clapham and Saylor Vaught.
A visitation with the family will be held Wednesday night, Feb. 13, at John W. Keffer Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 2114 West Market Street, York, Pa. (717-792-3239) from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 950 West Market Street, York, Pa. (717-846-4935) followed by the burial at Holy Savior Cemetery and a reception with the family at noon at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 1650 Toronita St, York (717-846-4940).
Details on flowers can be obtained by calling the funeral home. Donations can by made in Charlene's name to St. Rose of Lima Church in York, Pa.