Wadsworth, OH

Wadsworth — Charlene Ann Palmateer, age 83, passed away on December 3, 2021. She was born in Port Huron, Michigan on November 2, 1938 to the late Ralph and Mildred (Cleland) Wakeham, and had been a beloved member of the Wadsworth community since 1961.

Charlene volunteered in many community events, and was employed as an auditor at the Knights Inn hotel and North American Roto Engravers, but her passion was being a school bus driver for over 25 years for the students and families of Wadsworth. Charlene fiercely loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

Preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Mildred Wakeham; and siblings, Peggy Czech, Marilyn Nuss and Donald Wakeham, Charlene is survived by her children, Michele Camp (David), Ray Palmateer, Dean Palmateer (Leigh), Leigh Cottrill (Troy) and Eric Palmateer (Annette); 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brother, Duane Wakeham (S. Richard Sutherland).

A celebration of Charlene’s life will be held at a later date. Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.