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Mary Ann Charnes

d. March 21, 2022

Mary Ann (Heitmeyer) Charnes, 79, of the Savannah Lakes Village, wife of A.R. Charnes, passed away suddenly on Monday, March 21, 2022 while completing their “bucket list” trip in South America. She was born in Ottawa, Ohio to Joseph and Lucille Heitmeyer. Mary Ann was a graduate of St. Peter and Paul High School in Ottawa and attended the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.

While working for Marathon Oil Company, Mary Ann met A.R. Charnes, a Findlay College basketball player, and they began the journey of a lifetime that lasted almost 60 years. Mary Ann was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and served as a member of the AAMC Foundation Board. She was involved in the Savannah Lakes Village and served as the President of the WGA, as well as being on a variety of boards and organizations. Mary Ann and A.R. were very active with the University of Findlay and an annual memorial scholarship was established in their names.

She spent her life giving and serving others and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Throughout this journey, Mary Ann befriended all who crossed her path, but it was her family that brought her the greatest joy. As the matriarch, she provided the foundation that binds her family together.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her brother, Gilbert Heitmeyer; and brother-in-law, Roger Goecke.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband, A.R Charnes; daughters, Renee (John) Dubber and Amy (Dan) Davis; grandchildren, Tyler Suggs, Austin Suggs, Trevor Davis, Sean Davis, Stephen Davis and Emma Davis; and her great-grandsons, Lincoln, Alvia, and Hunter Suggs. She is also survived by four brothers and four sisters, Urban (Joyce) Heitmeyer of Garland Texas, Dolores Goecke, Edna (Dennis) Brown of Ottawa, Ohio, Irene (Dennis) Recker of Findlay, Melvin (Sherilee) Heitmeyer of Bluffton, Ohio, Marvin (Lorraine) Heitmeyer of Leipsic, Ohio, Arthur (Bonita) Heitmeyer of Glandorf, Ohio, and Susan (Thomas) Mutchler of New Bavaria, Ohio, as well as sister-in-law Alice Heitmeyer of Ottawa. She has three brothers-in-law: C.B. (Liz) Charnes, Greg (Nina) Charnes, and Jay (Mary) Charnes and many nieces and nephews.

A Visitation for family and friends will be Friday, July 16th, 2022 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, French Lick, Indiana.

A Graveside Ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 17th, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Mount Lebanon Cemetery.

Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Service in French Lick, Indiana 47432. Condolences may be made on our Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at our website –

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Friday, July 15, 2022

5:30 - 7:30 pm (Eastern time)

Brosmer - Kemple Funeral Home

9640 IN-56, French Lick, IN 47432

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Graveside Service

Saturday, July 16, 2022

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Mount Lebanon Cemetery

IN-56, French Lick, IN

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