Welcome to the memorial page for

Charlotte C. (Ortman) French

October 9, 1914 ~ May 27, 2017 (age 102)

Charlotte C. French 102 of Middlefield passed away Saturday May 27, 2017 at Blossom Hill Care Center.  She was born October 9, 1914 in Cleveland to the late Charles W. and Nellie (Steinhauer) Ortman. She attended St. Frances of Assisi Catholic School. Charlotte married her husband of 46 years, Wilfred A. French on April 4, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio.  She enjoyed ceramic painting, punch embroidery, reading mystery and romance.

 Charlotte will be sadly missed by her daughters, Kathy (Sam) Krouse of Delaware, Elizabeth (Phill) Anderson of Oregon, son, James French of Santa Rosa, CA, 14 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. 

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred A. French, son Paul R. French, daughter, Natalie C. Loze, 2 brothers, 1 sister, 1 grandchild and 1 great grandchild.    The Family would like to thank Butch and Helen Grennan, and their dog Scooter, who visited her regularly at the nursing home.

Charlotte’s wishes were that there will be no services and she will be laid to rest on the West Coast. 



"Charlotte's Tribute to her life"  

Ancestors:  Germany and Isle of Man, England

Charlotte has lived a very adventurous life after growing up in Cleveland, moving to Chesterland and meeting your husband “Wilfred French”.  She met Wilfred through her brother – Charles “nicknamed Colonel” when they invited her to come along on a ride in his car and the funny part was she had to pay for gas back then which cost her $.25 to ride with them.  She chuckled about the cost of gas compared to the price at the pump today.  She remembers riding her bicycle on the sidewalks in Downtown Cleveland and a travelling salesman that would make and sell Waffles from the trunk of his car on Sunday when she was a child.   Her favorite sweets were See’s Chocolates, Necco wafers, Mexican Hats and Gummy Bears.  Her fondest memories were when she danced the Charleston at Euclid Beach and Nelson Ledges with her father as a young lady and won many awards.  She informed us she won 2nd place with her Dad.  Charlotte stated, “ I lost to a sexy one, but I was only 14 then!” and laughed.

Charlotte had 3 siblings, Charles (Colonel), Harold and Olive (Ortman) Steelman which have all since passed away that lived in NE Ohio.  Her parents (Charles and Helen (Steinhauer) Ortman lived to be in their late eighties. She remembers have greyhound dogs when they lived in Euclid area.  She has out lived many relatives but has many nieces, nephews, cousins and 14 Grandchildren, 31 Great Grandchildren and 7 Great Great Grandchildren living in the United States and abroad.

Charlotte married Wilfred French on April 4, 1934 and they lived in Chesterland (self-taught TV Repairman) until they moved to Huntsburg (1957) and raised their family of 5 children (Paul, Natalie, Kathryn, James and Elizabeth “Midge”).   In 1960, a friend invited them to move to California to a little town called Guerneville, and Wilfred & Charlotte moved with 4 of their children and opened a TV Repair Shop until he retired and then moved to Bend Oregon where he passed away in 1980 after spending 46 years together. 

She continued to travel for the next few years between her children’s homes and settled back in Middlefield area in 1982 at Nick & Natalie Loze’s home.  She participated in Senior Center activities twice a week doing Ceramics, Punch Embroidery, and loved to solve Crossword puzzles and read mystery/romance novels.   She exhibited many of her Ceramics and Punch Embroidery projects at the local fair and won many ribbons.

Charlotte loves visiting with all her relatives on the phone or in person since they still live in California, Oregon, Delaware and Ohio.   She is known by some as Gee Gee. She has lived a wonderful life that has spanned over 100 yrs. of changes in our world from Cowboys (Her favorite:  Tom Mix) to latest Technological gadgets.   Charlotte’s cutest memory was remembering old nursery poems for her latest Great Great Grandchild Abigail’s shower when she was a child such as Bed in Summer by Robert Stevenson and The Children’s Hour by Henry Longfellow.  She thought it was funny that after all these years she could recite some of these verses from memory.

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