CHARLOTTE RUTH (HOFFMAN) FALLEN
Charlotte Ruth (Hoffman) Fallen passed away on Feb. 21, 2013 in Emporia, Kan. For the last two and a half years she resided at Sterling House Assisted Living, where she was compassionately cared for by the wonderful staff.
Charlotte, the only child of Harry and Bertha (Laase) Hoffman was born on July 18, 1918, in Martin’s Ferry, Ohio. Her childhood years were spent in Ohio. Charlotte married Thomas Fallen on Nov. 21, 1942. They moved to Kansas City in 1947, where they lovingly raised two sons, Jerry and Ray, and two daughters, Mary and Ruth. Shortly after Thomas’s death in 1982, Charlotte moved to Lee’s Summit. She became very active in the senior community, participating in and volunteering with Shepherd’s Center and Adults Over 55. Charlotte was instrumental in establishing the first senior center in Lee’s Summit, serving on the founding board, speaking to senior groups to rally support and at City Council meetings to obtain funding. She enjoyed traveling with Richard’s Fun Time Tours and spending time with friends.
More than anything, Charlotte loved her family. She dedicated much of her life to raising her children and helping with grandchildren. They were her greatest joy. Charlotte will be fondly remembered for her devotion to family, her strength and determination, and her love of ice cream, (we just had to throw that in).
Survivors include her son, Jerry Fallen and daughter-in-law Elaine of Lee’s Summit; granddaughter Kim Fallen and great-grandkids Shannon and Spencer Bussone of Lee’s Summit, granddaughter Sarah O’Donnell and husband, Larry, great-granddaughters Madeline and Lauren O’Donnell of Overland Park, Kan.; son Ray Fallen and daughter-in-law Rhonda of Canon City, Co.: grandson, Dr. Chris Fallen of Fairbanks, Ark.; daughter, Mary Kretsinger and husband, Dr. W. Brock Kretsinger of Emporia, Kan.; granddaughter, Anne Kretsinger-Harries and husband Mark of State College, P.A.; granddaughter, Hallie Kretsinger of Kansas City, Kan.; daughter Ruth Mason and son-in-law Ron of Lee’s Summit; grandsons Lee and Tom Mason of Chicago, Ill.
A celebration of Charlotte’s life will be held on Feb. 28, 2 p.m. at Speaks Chapel, 18020 E. 39th. Street, Independence. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to The Gamber Center Fund, care of Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation, 220 SE Green Street, Lee’s Summit, MO, 64063; or Lee’s Summit Shepherd Center care of Lee’s Summit Christian Church, 800 NE Tudor Road, Lee’s Summit, MO, 64086.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com.
(Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel, P.O. Box 259, Independence, MO., 64051, 816-252-7900.)