Anne, age 61, was called home on June 18, 2010. She moved to her new life
quietly, surrounded by her family after struggling with cancer. Anne was
born June 21, 1948 in Milwaukee, WI. She spent her youth in Greendale, WI
and graduated from Greendale HS in 1966. She attended the University of
Wisconsin, Whitewater for a period of time. Her parents are Howard and
Genevieve (Monka) Haag. She was preceded in death by her parents and her
daughter Elizabeth Ann in 1977.
In 1975, she married Joel Raymond Charpentier, who survives in Chesterton.
Anne’s legacy includes her children: Joanna (Donald) Witulski of
Merrillville, Laura (Joe Cincoski) Charpentier of Burns Harbor, Peter (Stefania)
Charpentier of Valparaiso and Paul (Julia Miller) Charpentier of Chesterton;
and her grandchildren: Luke and Genevieve Witulski; Tyler and Alesandra
In addition, Anne is survived by a brother, George (Janet) Haag of Clinton,
WI, and four sisters, Dianne Geisler of Naples, FL, Barbara (William)
Pollard of Jackson, WI, Elizabeth (John) Leary of Newburyport, MA and
Margaret (Michael) Brenner of Waterloo, IL. Also surviving are in-laws
Roseanne and Ron Talbot of Hartford, CN, Diane and Mike O’Connor of
Valparaiso, IN, Tom and Kathy Charpentier of Kouts, Denise and Bob Talbot of
Danvers, MA, Paul Charpentier of Valparaiso and numerous nieces and nephews.
Anne was a lifelong Catholic who most benefited from the liturgy in small
groups among close family and friends. She was a member of St. Patrick’s in
Chesterton. Anne was a woman of many talents. Most notably, she was an
artist, calligrapher and quilter. Her work is prominently displayed by the
family in their homes. She was particularly proud to have hand quilted
blankets for each of her children and grandchildren. She was an active
member of the Ladies of the Needle. However, her foremost talent was that of
wife and mother, which is reflected in her family. Anne was also the primary
care giver for her mother in her home the last years of her mother’s life.
Anne was recently designated as a Paul Harris Fellow by the
Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club, an honor of which she was extremely proud.
The family wishes to thank the St. Anthony Memorial Hospital nurses and the
St. Anthony Hospice personnel for helping Anne in her time of need over the
past seven weeks.
By her wish, Anne was cremated. The family will celebrate her life on July 3
at Edmond and Evans Funeral Home at 517 Broadway in Chesterton. Prior to the
6 p.m. Memorial service, friends will be received from 4 to 6 p.m. by the
family. Fr. Byron Haaland, SCJ, a close family friend, will lead the service
and all will be welcome to remember Anne with short anecdotes. Fr. John
Czyzynski, SCJ, the priest who married Anne and Joel, led the family in a
home Mass on June 18 following her death.
Anne will join Elizabeth and be interred in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Menomonee
Falls, WI at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to help defray
medical expenses or to a charity of your choice.