Charlene Mae Minard was born Aug. 31, 1931 in Marshalltown, the daughter of Harold and Cecile Peterson.
She attended Peterson High School and went on to Buena Vista College, obtaining a degree in Elementary Education. She taught school at Malvern Elementary until she was united in marriage to Lyle George Minard on July 1, 1951. Together, they started farming near Alta. Charlene lived on that farm for fifty years.
Charlene loved being active in her church and the community. She was a member of Lady's Aid, Esther Group and taught Sunday School and Confirmation classes at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta. She also enjoyed singing, playing piano, gardening, baking and keeping in touch with family and friends on the phone daily.
She loved spending time with her sister Bonnie Carpenter; cousins Bonnie and Jerry Axtell, Donnie and Jeri Axtell and Larry and Lisa Axtell; children, John Minard, Mary Mulvihill, Thomas Minard, Steven Minard and Nancy Minard and her grandchildren, David Hickmon, Justin Mulvihill, Brandi Mulvihill, Kirt Minard, Bill Minard, Aaron Ritter, Heather Buchholz and Tim Minard who survive her. Charlene also enjoyed spending time with her great grandchildren, Brandi Marie Mulvihill, Ethan Mulvihill, Brady Gustoff, Madison Minard, Ashlyn Nagg, Seth Gustoff, Emilee Boeve with her daughter Lily Marie, Bill Jordan Minard, Ma Kayla Wilson, Kay Lynn Minard, Carson Minard, Jillian Minard who also survive her.
Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Cecile Peterson; husband Lyle George Minard and daughter, Susan Minard.
Her attitude was ageless. Her caring and concern for everyone in her life made the world a better place.