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Charlotte Eleanor Wallace Frederick

Noted Violinist

May 23, 1909 - April 27, 2012

Charlotte was born to Mabel Herschbach Wallace and Charles Emerson Wallace in Chicago Heights, Ill., May 23, 1909. She attended the Chicago Heights schools and graduated from Bloom Township High School in 1925. She attended University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the American Conservatory in Chicago, studying violin with Dr. Franz Poleszny. Charlotte played with the Women’s Symphony Orchestra of Chicago.

In 1937, she met and married Merle M. Frederick who had attended Northwestern University in Evanston. The couple moved to Philadelphia when Merle joined the Garden City Publishing Company of Long Island, N.Y. In 1940, they moved to Bala Cynwyd, where daughters, Susan and Marianne were born in 1941 and 1949, respectively. When Merle joined Doubleday & Co., the family would move again to Ridgewood, N.J., and were joined by Charlotte’s mother, Mrs. Wallace.

In the mid-1950s, Charlotte began playing in the first violin section of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra. By mid-1960s she was their First Chair and Concert Mistress. Meanwhile, after 18 years with Doubleday, Merle went to work for Random House Inc., and he and Charlotte thoroughly enjoyed traveling to publishing conventions, meeting authors and leaders of the book industry. Charlotte also played with the West Side Presbyterian Church Orchestra under the direction of Dr. John and Joanne Harris Rodland. Charlotte was a talented violinist, arranger, and composer, a lifelong member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and a member of the Music Guild.

In 1975, Charlotte and Merle moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., to retire. Charlotte became active in the First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo and in their music programs, while Merle traveled part time for Merritt Book Company. In 1981, the couple chose to move to Sturgis, Mich., to be closer to the family’s cherished summer home on Klinger Lake. During this time, Charlotte cared for Merle during his lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Following his death in 1989, she moved to Basye to live with daughter, Marianne. She became a member of the Shenandoah Valley Music Guild. In the mid-1990s, she helped found the Basye Book Club and was an ardent supporter of the Basye Library now part of the Shenandoah County Library system. In 1995, she became an associate member of Reformation Lutheran Church, when she moved with Marianne to New Market, and in 2000, moved to Broadway. In July 2004, Charlotte experienced a stroke and was cared for at home until 2009 when she became a resident of Life Care of New Market.

Survivors include daughters, Susan F. Pauly, RN, (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Marianne M. Frederick and fiancé, Robert L. Halterman (Broadway, Va.); grandsons, Robert W. Pauly (Laura) (West Virginia), David E. Pauly (Andrea) (Colorado); great- granddaughters, Lauren and Addison; nephew, Frederick Warner, PhD (Tennessee); cousins, William Wallace (Margaret) and Barbara Wallace (Minnesota); great nieces, Wendy Warner and Cynthia Warner and special friends, Brant, Becky and Gavin Halterman. She will be missed by all who knew her, especially by her caregivers at Life Care and from HomeInstead, and by her loyal friend, Mack.

Charlotte’s family and friends will remember her for her passion and talent for music, and for her kindness, capacity for caring, and quiet sincerity of purpose.

A memorial service will be conducted at Reformation Lutheran Church, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at 2 p.m. by Pastors Debra K. Dukes and George Sims. Mrs. Frederick’s remains will be cremated and her ashes interred with her husband’s in the Columbarium of the First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo.

Memorial contributions may be made in Charlotte’s name to The John R. Rodland Scholarship Fund for the study of music, c/o Joanne Harris Rodland, West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ 07450, or designated for Special Music, c/o Dave Brenneman, Director of Music, Reformation Lutheran Church of New Market, VA 22844.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Grandle Funeral Home of Broadway and condolences may be sent online to: www.grandlefuneralhome.com.

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