Charlene M. Zeller

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Charlene M.

  • Visitation, Thursday December 9th, 2021 4-7pm at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 3100 S. 41st 
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday December 9th, 2021 7pm at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church


Charlene M. Zeller – Born to Eternal Life unexpectedly on November 27, 2021, at the age of 59. Beloved wife of the late James Zeller, she is survived by her children, Chris Felkner, Billy Felkner, Suzy (Paul) Piekarski, and Pam (Gary) Banaszewski, grandchildren, Brett (Megan) Wetterling, Alex (Alexandria) Piekarski, and Andrew Piekarski, sister-in-law, June Chartier, niece, Denise Kaufman, great-niece, Jennifer Parsons, and extended family, Beth Lambrecht Scasny, Ron Scasny, Emily, Alison and Austin Lambrecht, Megan Lambrecht-Scasny, Katie and Jim Minster, and Victor Freitag.

Char’s life revolved around Church, her family and her friends.

Char volunteered for many years at St. Veronica’s Parish, helping with the food pantry and the church festival, as well as in other areas. Her service to the Church landed her a part-time job working for the parish in addition to her day job for several years.

She was proud of and devoted to her children, grandchildren and the Lambrecht kids. She was delighted to share the news of their latest accomplishments, and enjoyed attending sporting events, parades, musicals, recitals, graduation ceremonies and many other events. Always a planner, she and her husband, Jim, gave the kids dated Christmas ornaments for their first 12 years. Those have always been special for the kids, but now take on an even more special meaning. Char was especially excited to become a great-grandmother. We are very sad that she will not get to dote upon Alex and Alexandria’s baby, who is due to be born in May, 2022.

Char liked to cook and enjoyed having friends and family over. Weekly Thursday night dinners, cards, and holiday meals at her house, will be missed by all who were invited to attend. Friday nights will be different for Katie, Jim and Victor, as they have had a standing Friday night dinner date for many years.

Char enjoyed travel and adventure. Some highlights were a cruise and two trips to Italy with her husband, and a trip to New York City with her friend and her God-daughter. She enjoyed several family vacations in Florida with the Lambrecht’s, and many, many weeks camping with her husband, children and grandchildren. More recently she vacationed in Door County with friends. She also enjoyed long walks and bike rides with friends.

One of her favorite hobbies was knitting. She created blankets and hats for her grandkids and was currently finishing a blanket for her son.

She loved the beauty of butterflies. The predominant decorations in her home and among her jewelry are butterflies. Butterflies will forever remind her family and friends of Char.

Char worked for over 25 years in several different roles at Aurora Health Care. Last year, she began working at her favorite job ever, as the church and school secretary at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. She loved her job and her coworkers loved her. As with everything she did, she jumped into that new position and took it to the next level. It will be a challenge to replace her.

Mostly, Char liked to help. She was early to every party and event and offered to help with the cooking and set up. She noticed when her friends, family, and others were struggling and offered help. She helped a family from the food pantry find beds for their children. She helped another friend acquire a car and helped another muddle through some complicated paperwork. She was always available to listen when those around her needed comfort or advice.

She will be missed. We take comfort in knowing she is in Heaven with the Angels and her husband, Jim, but those of us left behind are heartbroken.

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 9th, 4:00-7:00pm at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 3100 S 41st Street, Milwaukee, with Mass of Christian Burial at 7:00pm. Interment Friday, 10:30am at Chapel Hill Memorial Park, 4775 S 60th St, Greenfield, WI 53220




  1. Judy Felkner December 6, 2021 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Chris and Bill,

    We are so sorry for your loss and hope you find comfort in the many wonderful memories of you mom.

    Love ~ Uncle Dave, Aunt Judy, Alex, Jake and Zak

  2. Kim Fletcher December 6, 2021 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Have you ever had a friend that would be there for you in a heartbeat? Have you ever had a friend where honesty is the best policy, even if it’s hard to say? Have you ever had a friend where silence is no problem? Have you ever had a friend who you could be yourself at all times?

    This is my dear friend, Char, and so much more, I will miss you, along with all the love, faith and fun that you brought to my life!

  3. Lori Liebenstein December 9, 2021 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Char was always so friendly and very caring. I truly enjoyed meeting up with her. She will be missed by so many people. Sending our heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Aunt Lori and Jim

  4. Tammy Zyduck December 9, 2021 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Char was such a nice person. So sorry for your loss.

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