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Charlotte Ann Stein

December 18, 1927 — April 26, 2024

Madison, WI

She was 96 years old when she died on Friday, April 26, 2024.  She was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on December 18, 1927.  She moved to Madison in 1933.  Her parents, among others, founded Temple Beth El in 1939.  She was in the first confirmation class in 1943, As an undergraduate, Charlotte roomed with a lovely lady from NYC, Sherry Abramowitz(Goldstein).  They were life long friends until Sherry's passing in 2002.  She graduated from UW Madison in 1949 with a BA in Spanish.  Upon graduation, Charlotte worked in Chicago at a theatrical and musical booking agency for a year until her father developed lung cancer.  She then returned to Madison to help her mother with their furniture store, Siker's Furniture.  She married Irvine Yale Stein on August 18, 1951.  Charlotte and Irv's wedding was the first wedding in the Arbor Drive Temple.  Charlotte's daughter Dana and her husband Scott was the first wedding after the Temple had been renovated in 1997.

 She worked at the Oceanography and Limnology Department at UW for 28 year.  She lived in Shorewood Hills for almost 60 years.  She was president of the Shorewood League and was a Shorewood Hills Trustee.  She was a member of Blackhawk Country Club for over 50 years.  She was on the Board of Directors for Madison General Medical and Surgical Foundation, on the Board of the YWCA  and she was on the Board of the United Way Allocation Committee.

 Her family and friends meant the world to her.  She had many nicknames "Charlotte", "Char" and "Charlie"

 She had such a love of travel with her family and friends, from Cuba to Thailand to Japan to Paris to Australia to Spain, Portugal and Morocco to the Galapagos, just to name a few.  From DC to Palm Desert to Disneyland to Disneyworld to Miami Beach to New Hampshire and more.  It was safe to say Charlotte loved experiencing all life had to offer.  As much as she loved traveling she loved BRIDGE more.  She knew when it was Wednesday night, Saturday afternoons, Fridays, if there is a game she wants in.

 She is survived by her children Dana (Scott) Klingensmith of Flower Mound, Texas and Jon (Larisa) Stein of Mequon, Wisconsin; her grandchildren Jacob (Elizabeth) Stein, Abby Klingensmith, Marina Mudrets; her great grandchildren Emma, Charlie and Madelyn Stein.  Her sister Marilyn (Siker) Roos, her nephew David (Anarug) Roos, her niece Sara Roos (David Jacobs)  Charlotte's nieces and nephews Sanford Stein (Cheryl), Suzy (Stein) Frasco (Richard), Debra (Stein) Silberman, Wendy (Stein) Esensten, Daniel Stein (Sally), her cousins June (Bergeman) Dalton and Larry Siker and many other relatives and of course her many friends.  She is preceded in death by her husband Irvine Yale Stein January 1998 and her mother Ethel Schiffman Siker in March 1990 and her father David Siker

 A private burial was held at Forest Hill Cemetary on May 3, 2024.  She will be greatly missed by many.

 Memorial donations may be made to:

 When Charlotte retired in 1996, the Limnology Department set up The Charlotte A. Stein Graduate Student Travel Fund in her name. This fund will support attendance at national and international scientific meetings of students in the Oceanography & Limnology and Water Chemistry Graduate Programs at the University of Wisconsin.

Charlotte Stein Student Travel Fund, Fund # 132546397

 Online donations may be made at the University of WI Foundation webpage.  Just under the Search box, click on “Write in your own designation” and then type in Charlotte Stein Student Travel Fund. Once complete, the donor will receive an email acknowledgement.

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