Charlene F. Weese, 71, of Longmont, died Feb. 27, 2012, at her home with her family by her side.

Charlene was born Feb. 19, 1941, in Trinidad to Charles and Gina (Paolino) Guadagnoli. She graduated from Trinidad High School in 1959 and from Pueblo’s St. Mary Corwin Nursing School in 1962.

Upon finishing nursing school, she married the love of her life, Marvin Weese, in 1963. She began her career as a registered nurse at Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad. Shortly thereafter, Charlene and Marvin moved to Longmont where they began their family.

Charlene then was a registered nurse at Longmont United Hospital and later became the head nurse at the Birthplace and helped make it what it is today. She touched the lives of many people during her career through her extensive knowledge, compassion and dedication to nursing.

She retired in 2001 and devoted her time to her grandchildren and family.

Her hobbies included reading books, playing slot machines and giving her advice whenever she could. Most of all, Charlene loved her family dearly and often shared memories and laughter with all.

Charlene was a loving mother, sister, aunt and cousin. Her grandchildren were the light and focus of her life. Her optimism, strength, determination and great sense of humor proved to be her strongest qualities and made her an incredible woman. She will be dearly missed but will always remain in our hearts.

Charlene is survived by her son, Wade Weese and his wife Meghan, of Longmont; her son-in-law, Doug Testroet of Mead; her grandchildren, Nick, Nolan and Jane Testroet, and Donovan, Brennon and Austin Weese; her niece, Genine, and husband Ward Scott; and great nephews Sander Scott and Bennett Scott of Chapel Hill, N.C.; cousins Irene (John) Ray of Louisville and Carol Nelson of Colorado Springs; and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Charlene was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Weese; her parents; her sister, Dora Sander; her son Donald Weese; and her daughter, Marva Jean Testroet.

A vigil was held at 5 p.m. March 2 at Howe Mortuary in Longmont followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. March 3 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and entombment at Mt. View cemetery.

In liew of flowers, the family asks for a contribution in Charlene’s honor to Rocky Mountain Cancer Center Foundation, 1161 S. Vivian St., Lakewood, CO 80228.

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