Charlotte Upah Obituary, Death – Charlotte Marie Upah, age 64, from Toledo, Ohio, passed away suddenly on December 17, 2022 at the Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. The following is how the arrangements will work: At St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama, there will be a Rosary recited at 3:15 PM on Tuesday, December 20, followed by Visitation from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and then a Vigil Service at 7:00 PM. All of these events will take place on Tuesday. In addition, there will be a visitation on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. This will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM, which will be celebrated at St. Patrick Catholic Church by Father Andy Upah with Deacon Stan Upah assisting. The funeral service will be followed by the interment at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Tama. Following the Interment, friends are invited to join the family in the Parish Center of the church for refreshments and fellowship following the service.
Charlotte was the daughter of Joseph and Ludmilla (Svoboda) Stadler and was born on July 19, 1958 in Marshalltown, Iowa. Her parents’ names are Joseph and Ludmilla. 1976 was the year she received her diploma from South Tama County High School. She first earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), then went on to earn her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credential and was accepted into the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants in the year 1981. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chelsea, Iowa was the location of her wedding to Stan Upah on November 22, 1980. The ceremony took place on that day. Since 1984, Charlotte has been the Chief Financial Officer of USS Polaris in Toledo, in addition to running her own business, Upah Tax & Bookkeeping Service.
Marriage and motherhood were the two primary focuses of Charlotte’s life. She had a generous servant’s heart, and she used it to help others by serving them and ministering to them. Charlotte was a devout follower of God who was actively involved in the Catholic community in Tama. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, which is where she formed her strong faith and shared her passion for the Catholic Mass. In addition, she was actively involved in the church, serving as the Chair of the Finance Council and the Date Night Marriage Ministry. Charlotte was a very involved member of both the Iowa Board of Certified Public Accountants and the Iowa District Court Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission, both of which were appointed to her positions by the Governor.
Charlotte was an active member of the Tama-Toledo Chamber of Commerce for many years, served as the chairperson of South Tama Dollars for Scholars, and was a past president of the Board of Directors for Area Education Agency 6 and 267 from 1992 to 2015. All of these activities took place over the course of Charlotte’s career. Charlotte was very proud of her family and was there for them whenever they needed her assistance. She had a special place in her heart for the times they had spent together, particularly with her grandchildren.
Her children, Fr. Andy Upah of Dubuque, Sara (Luke) Cross of Marshalltown, and Kristy (Tyler) Staker of Cedar Rapids are among her survivors. She is also survived by her mother, Ludmilla Perkins of Toledo; three siblings, Denise (Rick) Mills of Kansas City, Kansas, Doug (Trish) Stadler of Chelsea, and Amy (Kevin) Brandt of Sumner; and her mother-in-law Her father, Joseph Stadler, her step-father, John Perkins, and her father-in-law, Don Upah, all passed away before she did. Her husband also passed away before her. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the St. Patrick Catholic Church located in Tama.