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“Charlotte was a dear friend. At 7:30 Mass St. Jude's we would sit together. We were both returned Peace Corps volunteers and we shared stories of...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Marilyn Grove - peoria, IL

“Charlotte was such a dear woman and friend. We have so many happy memories of time with her (and with Clare). We loved her determination to make...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Ken and Judy Zika - Peoria, IL

“Very sad to learn the passing of Charlotte.. but wow, what a personality she had! She always made me smile and laugh when our paths crossed. May she...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Rachel - Peoria, IL

“Our family is very grateful to everyone in the Peoria area who loved Mom for many, many years. - John Grap, Battle Creek MI ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: John Grap - Battle Creek, MI

“Charlotte was a special friend and a fun resident at Bickford Assisted Living home. She loved the Lord and her church. She was faithful to our...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Bob and Marg Zuhl - Battle Creek, MI

“We are sorry to learn of the passing of Charlotte, but grateful for her (and Clare's) service to our nation with the Peace Corps.Our Condolences,The...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“Jim and I were neighbors of Charlotte and Clare in Dunlap, IL until a job transfer moved us out of the area. They were wonderful neighbors and good...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Charlene Sickinger - Naples, FL

“I first met Charlotte and Clair when they stepped off the plane on the island of Anguilla in the Eastern Caribbean, back in 1981. What a delight they...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Craig Snively Uberlandia, Brasil

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Charlotte Ann (Wachtl) Grap, 92, of Battle Creek, died at Boschway Adult Foster Care Home on May 5, 2017.

Charlotte was born on January 25, 1925 in Wausau, Wisconsin, the daughter of James B. and Nora (Hayes) Wachtl.

She was raised in Wausau and was a 1943 graduate of Wausau High School. Charlotte was united in marriage to Clarence Leo Grap on January 25, 1949 in Wausau.

In 1961, they moved to Racine, Wisconsin, to Decatur, Illinois in 1964, and then to Peoria, Illinois in 1970, where she resided for 45 years, until moving to Battle Creek in 2015.

She was employed as a secretary at Employers Mutual Insurance Company in Wausau, Peoria Public Schools and Ruppman Marketing. Charlotte and her husband served two years in the Peace Corps on the island of Anguilla in the Eastern Caribbean, where she was a teacher.

She was an active member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Peoria for many years, and a member of Rosary Guild. She was currently a member of St. Philip Catholic Church in Battle Creek.

After 51years of marriage, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clare on September 29, 2000. Surviving are: her son, John (Linda) Grap of Battle Creek; daughter, Jeanne Grap of Champaign, Illinois; son, Paul Grap of Natural Bridge, Virginia; and grandchildren, Sean (Tanya) Grap and Matthew Grap.

In addition to her husband, Charlotte was also preceded in death by father and mother, brother and sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Simon Chummar-Manjooran on Friday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Philip Catholic Church.

The Rosary will be recited in the church at noon, and the family will receive friends in the church vestibule after the Rosary and prior to Mass. A private service of Committal and interment will be held privately for Charlotte's immediate family at St. Clements Cemetery in Dunlap, IL next to her husband, Clare, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial to St. Philip Catholic Church or a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at www,

Upcoming Funeral Services

St. Clement's Cemetery

A private interment will be held for the family. Dunlap, IL