Charleen O’Donnell

Charleen O’Donnell

Charleen O'DonnellCharleen “Char” O’Donnell age 80 of Walnut Grove passed away Monday, May 23, 2016 at her home.  Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016 at the Walnut Grove Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Charleen Cazett was born September 25, 1935 in Heron Lake, Minnesota to Harry and Dorothy (Albertson) Cazett.  She graduated from Walnut Grove High School.  On September 4, 1954 Charleen married Charlie Gilb.  They were blessed with three children.  She was later married to Robert B. O’Donnell on May 19, 1984.  Charleen was always willing to lend a helping hand.  She enjoyed getting together to have pie and coffee with friends, and spending time with her family.  Charleen was a member of English Lutheran Church and was active with the ladies’ group.  She enjoyed painting, decorating, and dressing up in costumes for special events.  Charleen loved being in the backyard, gardening, and bird watching.

Charleen is survived by her children: Julie Joy (Brad) Nelson of Sebastian, FL, Daniel Charles Gilb of Montgomery, and Randal Scott (Shelly) Gilb of Hastings; grandchildren: Raquel Bosacker of Elk River, Rachel (Jason) Alms of Elk River, Charlie Gilb of Minneapolis, Cynthia (Jon) Willhite of Fort Bragg, NC, Kelcey Jo Gilb of Hastings, Tyler Watterud of Hastings, and Jared Watterud of Hastings; 11 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and brother Harry (Marlene) Cazett of Bullhead City, AZ.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands Charlie and Bob, granddaughter Lacey Gilb, and brother Luverne.

8 thoughts on “Charleen O’Donnell”

  1. Julie, Dan and Randy and Char’s family
    You’re momma was a special lady. I have so many memories of her from when I was little. I had the chicken pox and she brought me some Avon goodies to just a few years ago when she helped Tim and I paint our house in exchange for a load of old landscape bricks! I think the only time I remember her getting mad at me was when she came home and I had my puppy sitting in her living room chair! We were lucky to have your family as neighbors and her as a good friend. We will miss her):
    Patty & Tim

  2. Julie. Daniel, & Randy:

    Sincere condolences on the loss of your Mother. She was a very special lady Always enjoyed visiting with her! God bless

    Bob Lockwood

  3. To The O’Donnell Family & Friends, we wish to extend our deepest condolences
    and hope you will find comfort in this scripture. Revelation 21: 4.

  4. To Char’s family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m Bob O’Donnell’s grandson and I just want to thank you for sharing Char with our family all those years.

    All the best,


  5. Dixie Klante Stovern

    To Charleen’s family,
    What a shock to get this news after I got home from the cabin. The service was already done and over. That left me with a very empty feeling. Charleen and I were friends since high school. As time went on we would connect less and less but when we did we didn’t skip a beat. I was out there a couple of years ago and met up with Dan and Randy also. What fun to see them then. Charleen, rest in peace my dear friend….you will be missed. I pray that God will show your family many blessings. Love always.

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