Charlotte T. Steele RUTLAND - Charlotte T. Steele, 98, died October 20, 2018 at the Pines in Rutland. She was born on July 17, 1920 in Rutland – as the third child of Charles L. and Katie (Martin) Teachout. She was a 1938 graduate of Rutland High School and a 1944 graduate of Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn, NY. The same year she married Arthur C. Steele who died in 1981. Charlotte had a distinguished career as a nurse serving the Rutland region in various capacities – in the office of Dr. Gordon Smith of Rutland, at Rutland Hospital, for the Visiting Nurse Association, as School Nurse for the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, at the Vermont Achievement Center, and as a Public Health Nurse for the Vermont Department of Health. At the ag of 75 she retired from nursing and committed herself to volunteering for the Green Mountain Foster Grandparent Association, assisting teachers in various Rutland Public Schools until the age of 90. Charlotte was awarded the President’s Voluntary Service Award in 2005 for her outstanding service to the city’s children. In 2009 she also received the Governor’s Award for Community Service. Charlotte Steele has been a member of the Rutland United Methodist Church for 86 years where she has been a Sunday school teacher, a certified lay speaker, and participant in numerous mission and study programs. This year she has been named as the Vermont District’s United Methodist Woman of the Year, recognizing her as a distinguished missionary in residence. Service to those in need was a cornerstone of her life. She helped coordinate the Fresh Air Program that brought children from New York City to Rutland for a couple weeks every summer in the 1950s – 1960s. For the past 40 years she knitted baby sweaters, hats, mittens and blankets for local school children and refugees around the world, including Syrians coming to Rutland in 2017. Charlotte has been selected to have the story of her service to needy children around the world published by Jesuit Relief Services in the coming months. Charlotte is survived by a daughter, Susan Loomis (Silas), of Hydeville and a son, David Steele (Barbara) of Maynard, MA, three grandsons – Jacob and Samuel Loomis and Benjamin Steele, and six great grandchildren – Jada, Dylan, Nicklas and Connor Loomis; Ella and Owen Steele. She was predeceased by her husband and two brothers, Kenneth and Robert Teachout. A memorial Service and reception will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, November 10 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 6 Church Hill Rd, Rutland. Anyone attending will have the chance to offer a remembrance if they wish. Friends may also call during visiting hours at the Tossing Funeral Home in Rutland on Friday, November 9, 4-6 pm. The Rev. Hannah Sotak, pastor of Rutland United Methodist Church, will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rutland United Methodist Church, 60 Strongs, Ave, Rutland, VT 05701. Burial will be in Tenney Cemetery in Mendon.

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Bert Ladd

To know Charlotte was to love her and to clearly see that she was God's hands working in so many ways on this earth. Her heart was of pure gold. Bless all of you who are missing her the most. There is a song that reminds us of her, "Thank you for giving to the Lord....."


Charlotte was a loving presence on East Street during my growing up years... the warm, safe, welcoming neighbor. She added to our playmates with David, Susan, and then Rema! She was present in Girl Scouts, too. And at Tamarack Notch GS Camp. Through the years, I have stayed in touch and continued to feel her loving presence in my life. I am so very grateful for her!! Blessings to you, Charlotte. And Peace! Love, Sue

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