Charlene Margaret (Schultz) Parenteau passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at the Solvay Hospice
House, Duluth, after years battling cancer. Char was born October 29, 1931, in Barnum, MN. She
graduated from Barnum High School in 1949 and married her high school sweetheart, Eugene (Gene), at
St. Joseph’s Church in Big Lake, MN. Char was a God-loving homemaker and devoted wife and mother.
She embodied absolute grace with every breath but would argue in her own adorable way that she was
nothing special. Natural unconscious humility was her superpower. Her generosity, compassion, calming
demeanor, supportive encouragement and wisdom were unmatched; her strength of character came in
second only to her devotion to faith. The ability to unconditionally forgive came naturally and she was
an inspirational example of how we should all walk through life. Char enjoyed traveling the world
throughout her life, refurbishing and reupholstering furniture, bowling, mowing the lawn, and fixing up
whatever needed her touch. Char was greeted in Heaven by her beloved husband, Gene, son Tim, her
father and mother George and Ethel (Johnson) Schultz, brother Bob Schultz, sister Georgina Miller,
grandchildren Jason and Jessica, and daughter-in-law Kelly (Sellman) Parenteau. She is survived by her
sons Gary (Donna) Parenteau, Steve (Jenny) Parenteau, and Bruce Parenteau; daughters Karen
Parenteau, Linda Ralidak, and Renee Parenteau; son-in-law Mark Ralidak; sister Virginia (Ernest) Engle;
grandchildren Kim, Bobbi, Corey, Aaron (Tiffany), Alyssa, Shanna, and Jonah; nine great grandchildren
and her furry sidekick, Jax.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 11:00AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Meadowlands, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to mass at 10:00AM. Father Pio Atonio will celebrate the mass and Father Gabriel Waweru will con-celebrate. A private family interment will take place following the service. There will be a celebration of life to honor Char at a later date.
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