Charlotte Rose Kaffer, 54, of Belleville, went to be in the heavenly choir at 1:43 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, when she passed away at her home.
She was born May 31, 1961, in Belleville, the daughter of Charles and Rose (nee: Ederer) Mertens.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Kaffer of Belleville; both parents, Charles and Rose (nee: Ederer) Mertens of Smithton; two daughters, Amy (Matthew) Truttmann of Smithton and Amanda (Louis) Trout of Columbia; son, Daniel (Jennifer Jones) Baker of St. Louis; two stepsons, Derek Kaffer of Belleville and Ryan (Jennifer) Kaffer Sr. of Troy; two grandsons, Tanner Truttmann and Simon Baker, and soon to have a third grandchild, Baby Girl Trout; two stepgrandchildren, Madison Kaffer and Ryan Kaffer Jr.; two sisters, Julie (Richard) Weber of Smithton and Michelle (Tom) Schlarman of Smithton; two brothers, Ronald Mertens of Smithton and Stephen (Mary) Mertens of Waterloo; many nieces and nephews; and her dear friend, Renee Wachtel.
Charlotte and Ken married in Smithton on May 29, 2010. He considers her to be the perfect wife. She retired after 30 years as a secretary at Auffenberg Ford in Belleville. Charlotte had been a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Smithton, where she was the music director for more than 35 years. She was recently a member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church in
Belleville. Charlotte participated in the Cursillo organization. She loved riding on the Harley with her husband and cruising Kentucky Lake on Ken’s brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Pam’s, houseboat (Sweet Getaway). Her children couldn’t have asked for a more loving, perfect mother. Her whole life was centered around music and prayer. She loved praying the rosary and singing country music on karaoke. She put everyone before herself, was the ultimate organizer and party planner and loved giving gifts. Her final gift is the donation of her body to science.
The family would like to give a special heartfelt thanks to Dr. David Mutch at Siteman Cancer Center and his nurse Mandy. Also to the Jamie Auffenberg family for their continued love and support throughout the years.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.”
The family will have a Celebration of Life Mass at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, 5315 W. Main St., Belleville, IL at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, with Father Ken York officiating. A celebration party/luncheon will follow the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Henry’s Daycare in Belleville or St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Smithton.
Professional services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.
Online information and guestbook may be found at www.wojstrom.com.