Mary C. Nettifee

ELK RIVER – Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Charlene Nettifee, 84, of Elk River, Minn., formerly of Fairmont, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at the St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont with visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be following the service in the Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont. Charlene passed away peacefully after a long illness on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at the Elim Care and Rehab Center in Princeton, Minn. God called her home on her birthday, one of the greatest gifts she could have received during this challenging time. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont are assisting the family with arrangements.

Mary Charlene (Budd) Nettifee was born on Jan. 9, 1930, in Phoenix, Ariz., the daughter of Harold Emil and Marcella Althea (Meyer) Budd. As a young girl, Charlene moved with her family to Plover, Iowa, where she attended school and graduated from Plover High School. Following her graduation, she attended Hamilton Business School in Mason City, Iowa, and earned her business degree.

On Sept. 10, 1953, Charlene was united in marriage to Carl Clifford Nettifee in Terra Haute, Ind. Together the couple made their home in Cicero, Ill., before moving to Fairmont, Minn. To this union, five children were born, Brian, Diane, Julie, Lynn and Alan.

Charlene was a stay-at-home mom while her children were young. In 1970, she began working as the Deputy Clerk of Court in Fairmont, proceeding to Probate Registrar of Martin County Court. She continued in this position until her retirement on July 1, 1994.

Charlene was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont where she belonged to Catholic Daughters and also St. Michael’s Circle. She was also very active in with the Holy Angels Catholic Church of Moose Lake, where she was an active member of the Prayer Chain for the church. She was also a member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliary’s of Fairmont. One of Charlene’s passions was helping her fellow man and caring for animals, something she shared with her husband Carl. Following Carl’s passing, Charlene was instrumental in the planning and completion of the Carl Nettifee Memorial Animal Shelter in Fairmont. Charlene served as a board member for the CNMAS/Martin County Humane Society for several years.

In her spare time, Charlene enjoyed volunteering with the church, sewing, reading, tutoring for local reading programs, and supporting local organizations with fundraising activities and spending time with family. She delighted in having time with her two grandsons in her retirement. As in Mathew 25:23, Charlene was passionate about serving others. Even in the weeks before her death, she continued to receive and support prayer requests for others. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Brian Nettifee, Minnetonka, Minn., Diane Nettifee Hilleren and husband Jerry Hilleren, Bloomington, Minn., Julie Nettifee Osborne, Apex, NC, Lynn Nettifee, Elk River, Minn., and Alan Nettifee, Floodwood, Minn. Grandchildren include Nathan Mitchell Nettifee, Ely, Minn., and Jordan Carl Osborne, Apex, N.C., as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends both two- and four-legged.

Charlene was preceded in death by her husband, Carl C. Nettifee; brothers, Russell “Buddy” Budd, Gordon Budd, sisters-in-law Sophie Budd, Lillian Ortleib, Mabel Budd, Audrey Nettifee, and parents Marcella and Harold Budd.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Carl Nettifee Memorial Animal Shelter, Fairmont, MN,