Charlene Rose Rice, age 64, of Oshkosh, passed away unexpectedly July 29th with her loving husband by her side. She was born in Fond du Lac on September 21st, 1957, to Otto and Dorothy Ness. She married Lester Rice on March 1st, 1986 in Oshkosh.
Charlene graduated from Omro High School in 1975. She worked 13 years at Oshkosh B'Gosh. She and her husband then moved to Tennessee where they spent the next 18 years. While in Tennessee they enjoyed long weekends on their houseboat with family and friends prior to moving back to Oshkosh to be closer to family. Most recently she worked and retired at U.S. Bank where she was a client relationship consultant. In her spare time Charlene loved gardening, traveling and spending time with family, especially girls' days with her sisters. She had the most gentle, kindhearted soul to all who knew her.
Charlene is survived by her beloved husband, Lester Rice of 36 years. She is further survived by stepsons Lee Rice, TN, Jeremy Rice, and grandson Eric Rice, TN, sisters Patricia (Jeffrey) Williquette of Neenah, Judy (Larry) Olson of NC, Lois (Patrick) Goss of Omro, brothers Harold (Mary) Ness UT, Arnold (Sharon) Ness of IL, sister in laws Phyllis Rice(Victor) AZ Marianne (Doug) Spain of OH, Cathy (Joe) Sawicki of Oshkosh, and Pat Rice of Neenah, WI. She is further survived by several nieces and nephews, her God daughters, Shannon Warlop and Ema Williquette and her beloved dog Niko.
She was preceded in death by her Mother and Father, Otto and Dorothy Ness, Father and Mother-in-law, Fredrick and Jeanette Rice and brother-in-law Larry Rice.
Visitation will be on August 15th from 9am to 11am with funeral service at 11am at Seefeld Funeral Home, 1025 Oregon Street, Oshkosh, WI.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Oshkosh area Humane Society.
Family would like to extend a big thank you to Aurora Medical Center ER of Oshkosh as well as Oshkosh fire and ambulance for their care and compassion.
Our Family Chain is Broken
We little knew that morning God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly. In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
-Poem by Ron Tranmer