Charline Vivian Bourdo

CENTURY OAKS, Wisc. – Mrs. Charline Vivian Bourdo, of Century Oaks Assisted Living in Appleton, Wisconsin, passed away on December 15, 2015, while resting peacefully at her home at Century Oaks.

Her husband, Dr. Eric Bourdo, Jr., preceded her in death.

Mrs. Bourdo is survived by her three children, Eric (Olga) Bourdo III of DeWitt, Michigan, Laura Lynn Bourdo (Jeff Smidt) of Appleton, Wisconsin, and Michael Forest Bourdo (Laura) of Scottsdale, Arizona; five grandchildren, Eric Bourdo IV of North Muskegon, Kimberly Bourdo of Surprise, Arizona, Sarah Dukes of Livonia, Michigan, Nicholas Smidt of Appleton, Wisconsin and Joshua Smidt of Appleton, Wisconsin; eight great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; three sisters, Geneva Reed of Fremont, Michigan, Marian LeMaire of Hastings, Michigan, and Ruth Schurkamp of Alma, Arkansa; brothers, Floyd, Carlysle and Irvin; and sisters, Margaret (Kooi), Gladys (Springstead), Helen (Olds), Erma (Leady) and Isabelle (Hoffman) preceded Charline in death.

Mrs. Bourdo was the daughter of the late Frank Dewitt Leady and Laura Belle Wilder. She was born in La Porte, Indiana, on July 6, 1918, and moved with her parents to Big Rapids Michigan when she was five.

She received her education at public schools in Big Rapids, Woodville and Newaygo, Michigan. She also took classes at Akron University.

Charline was employed at the Norge Corporation in Muskegon Heights and later by Gerber in Fremont. During World War II, she worked in the testing labs of Goodyear Tire and Rubber and at BF Goodrich, both of Akron, Ohio.

Charline and Eric Jr. lived at Michigan Technological University’s Ford Forestry Center near L’Anse and, following retirement, in Twin Lakes.

Charline was active in several community organizations and the Baptist Church in L’Anse. She attended Calvary Baptist in Muskegon after moving back to the Muskegon area.

Funeral services were held on December 19, 2015, at the Clock Funeral Home in Muskegon.

Charline was buried beside her husband, Eric, at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Fremont, Michigan.

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