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Charlene Marie Miller

August 5, 1948 September 25, 2019
Charlene Marie Miller
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Obituary for Charlene Marie Miller

A lover of experiences, conversation, and family, Charlene (Modzeleski Scheidel) Miller died at home on Wednesday, September 25, after a nearly 10-year battle with frontotemporal dementia. 

Born Charlene Marie Modzeleski, she grew up on Alpine Avenue in a lively house on what would later become the Meijer Thrifty Acres parking lot. The daughter of first-generation Americans Mary Roman and Louie Modzeleski, Charlene was the oldest girl in a Polish-American family of six. Fiercely independent and as intelligent as she was beautiful, Charlene left home and married before she finished high school, went to beauty school and had her first daughter at age 18. 

An avowed feminist, she bought her house-dress-and-apron-clad mother her first pair of slacks, and taught her daughters to value creativity, acceptance, and generosity.

She went back to school in the 1970s to become an artist and teacher, graduating from Aquinas College and later earning a masters degree in business, the first person in her family to graduate college.

When the teaching market was soft, she landed a job at MichCon (now DTE Energy), where she built a career in customer service, training, and management in cities across Michigan. After her co-worker and friend Earl Miller lost his wife Barb, he and Charlene married. Earl doted on her and later, after they both took an early retirement around age 50, helped her launch Candlelight Homes, a group home (inside their own home) for several people with developmental disabilities, whom they cared for like family. Earl would care for Charlene as dementia caused her personality to change.

Charlene is survived by her husband, Earl Miller; her daughters Camille Scheidel (Jeff) Phillips and Carmen Scheidel; grandchildren Cameron Rand (Sarah Deaver), Brittany (Pat) McKenna, Olivia Miller, Oscar Kragt, and Julie, Jeffrey, Madison, and Taylor Phillips; great-grandkids Myles Rand, Audra Deaver, and Quinn and Junie McKenna; her sisters Anne (Marv) Holford, Mary Ann (David) Suckling, and Christine (Don) Hendrickson; her brothers Roman (Linda Anderson) and Bobby (Barb) Modzeleski; nieces and nephews she loved like they were her own; the Scheidel clan, who were her extended family; and her best friend and vacation partner, Fatima Jones. 

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St. on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 3 PM until the time of service.

Memorial Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St. on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 4 PM. The Rev. Msgr. John Budde officiating.

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Visitation

Tuesday

1

Oct

3:00 PM 10/1/2019 3:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 10/1/2019 4:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Tuesday

1

Oct

4:00 PM 10/1/2019 4:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 10/1/2019 5:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States
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