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Charlotte Ann McKeough

September 22, 1938 March 13, 2019
Charlotte Ann McKeough
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Obituary for Charlotte Ann McKeough

Charlotte Ann McKeough, a resident of Highland and a former resident of Detroit, died surrounded by her loving children on March 13, 2019. She was 80 years old.

She was born on September 22, 1938 in Bluefield, West Virginia, and grew up in Bartley. She was 16 months old when her birth father, Alonzo Barnette, was killed in the Pond Creek mine explosion, which took the lives of 91 men.  Her mother Goldie was left with four young children to raise, and eventually married Frank Sveticki, who Charlotte considered her father. The decline of the coal industry in West Virginia, and the need for work brought the family to the motor city, Detroit, Michigan, where Frank had plenty of work to support his family. 
Charlotte graduated in 1956 from Northeastern High School in Detroit where she was a member of the honor society, swimming and field hockey teams, and the future nurses club.

Charlotte met the love of her life, Patrick McKeough on a Friday night in 1958 at Mermaid’s Cave Bar.  The two were married seven years later on August 21, 1965 in Saint Rita Parish. Pat and Charlotte made their home in Detroit before settling in Highland in 1977, where they raised their three children. While living in Detroit, Charlotte worked as a secretary in a patent law firm located in the Fisher building, and was also a switch board operator at Michigan Bell Telephone Company. She retired from Huron Valley Schools where she was director of Native American Education. 

Charlotte had a kind and generous spirit and was a social butterfly. She spent much of her time at the local library, mixed with her subdivision card club members, and enjoyed visits at the Highland Senior Center. She loved her friends and family, and enjoyed preparing delicious meals for them. Her signature dishes included deviled eggs, rice pilaf, tuna salad and apple sauce jello.  Always in the mood for a good time, she enjoyed fine clothes, having company over, and attending parties.  Her distinctive laugh let you know she was close by, and it was heard frequently.  She laughed often, danced openly, and relished the life she lived.  

Charlotte had an eclectic list of interests including reading murder mysteries, watching Canadian and British television shows and reminiscing about time in West Virginia. Her perfect day started with watching the sunrise at her house on Woodruff Lake, enjoying tea and toast in the afternoon, and giggling at tv sitcoms in the evening. 

Charlotte Ann McKeough will be forever remembered for her strong and beautiful demeanor, her stylish clothing, big sunglasses, and her southern accent that was noticeable when talking about West Virginia or yelling at her children.  She was a loving, giving, caring soul that will be greatly missed by her friends, family, and community.

She is survived by her son, Patrick D. (Susan Morello); daughters, Molly (John) Austin, Michele (John) McDonald; grandchildren, John and Evelyn McKeough, Claire and Catherine Austin, Margaret, Emma, Olivia and Brady McDonald; sister, Mary Jane Wisniewski and her brother, Joseph Sveticki as well as numerous extended family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Patrick McKeough (d. 2017); her father, Frank Sveticki; birth father, Alonzo Barnette; her mother, Golden Mae Sveticki; brother, Charles Barnette and her sister, Nira Gajewski.

A Funeral Mass will be held at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 3700 Harvey Lake Rd., Highland on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11:00AM with gathering to begin at 10:00AM. Fr. Wayne Ureel to officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Highland Township Public Library, 444 Beach Farm Cir, Highland, MI 48357. 

For further information phone Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645

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11:00 AM 3/16/2019 11:00:00 AM
Church of the Holy Spirit

3700 Harvey Lake Road
Highland, MI 48357

Gathering to begin at 10:00AM

Church of the Holy Spirit
3700 Harvey Lake Road Highland 48357 MI
United States

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