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In Loving Memory

The Charlotte Community Foundation can assist you and your family during our time of loss. By establishing a memorial fund, you and your family can find peace in knowing that your loved one can be remembered. Once your fund has been established, the Charlotte Community Foundation can begin accepting memorial gifts on behalf of the family to create a lasting memory. At a later date, this fund can be changed to a different fund type that may memorialize your loved one in a more appropriate fashion.

Memorial Funds

Randy Bateman Memorial Fund
The Randy Bateman Memorial Fund was established by Randy’s family to provide scholarship opportunities for future members of the Power Generation Industry.

Mr. Bateman was a lifelong Floridian who lived his entire life on his family’s ranch. After graduating from DeSoto High School he went on to attend the University of Florida. Soon thereafter, he began his 39-year career with Florida Power and Light, starting out as a mechanic and rising to the position of Central Maintenance Outage Manager.  He was committed to provide and participate in safety practices, always encouraging others to make safety a number one priority.  Randy was a dedicated and conscientious member of the FPL/NextEra Team. While Randy’s accomplishments were numerous, those he was the  proudest of were his wife, children and family.

All proceeds from the Randy Bateman Memorial Fund will be used to grant education scholarships to those seeking a career in the Power Generation Industry.

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Susan Selleck Memorial Fund

Susan was born in Willimantic Connecticut on Nov. 5, 1943.  While in Connecticut Susan worked for Stop & Shop Supermarket for more than twenty years and then went on to purchasing, renovating and flipping old homes.

In 1989 she came to Port Charlotte for the winter with a girlfriend and loved it so much she decided to make it her home. She obtained her real estate license and lived there until she retired to Hiawassee Georgia in 2006. She loved her retirement and living in the mountains. She had a great love for nature, animals and the many friends she had in the area.

Susie had a passion for life, a love for others and a contagious smile. She was known for making intricate pine needle baskets and was a member and past president of the Shooting Creek Basket Weavers Guild. She also enjoyed her card and book clubs although it is believed she liked socializing at the clubs more than reading the books or playing the card games. Susie also loved history and was involved in the creation of the Sunshine Selleck Genealogy Club. She was a member of Unity Church of the Mountains in Blairsville Georgia where she served on the hospitality committee and was known to throw the best church picnics ever.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Susan Selleck Memorial Fund at the Charlotte Community Foundation, 227 Sullivan St. Punta Gorda FL 33950.

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Jennifer A. Young Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund seeks to award scholarships to students pursuing a career in Education at a 4-year accredited college. Students who show a need for college funding must also show a resume reflecting personal integrity and honor.

Dr. Young (PhD. In Leadership and Public Policy, Ohio State University) spent 30 years in education, first as a math teacher, later retiring as a high school vice-principal in Worthington, Ohio. She dedicated herself to making schools more responsive to students, to helping teachers achieve their maximum potentials and to developing more competent and humane administrators. A resident of Port Charlotte, she had a gentle nature that belied her competitiveness.

If your passion is supporting education and training for future teachers, we invite you to donate to this fund!

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Dominic Cardenas Memorial Fund

The purpose of this fund is to help further the education of athletes at Charlotte High School. Dominic C. Cardenas, 24, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2019. Born on June 28, 1994, in El Paso Texas, he lived his life serving and loving others. He was loved for his caring heart and humorous nature.

Dominic is survived by his loving fiancée, Meagan Bonesteel, his mother, Vickie Hickox of Brunswick, GA, Steve and Donna Cardenas, his father and mother of Punta Gorda, FL, siblings, Steven (Mei) Cardenas, Laticia Cardenas, Michael Cardenas, and Sean Gill as well as his nephews, Aiden Cardenas, Gabriel Cardenas and Elijah Cardenas and cherished grandparents, Calixto and Socorro Cardenas, Diane gill, Myrtice and Landell Hickox and many other aunts, uncles and cousins. Dominic participated in cross country, track, and field, and wrestled for Charlotte High School – Go Tarpons!

He graduated in 2013 and continued his education by pursuing a degree in Finance at Florida Gulf Coast University where he met the love of his life, Meagan. He joined Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and strived to work hard and follow his passion. Dominic enjoyed working and eating at many local businesses. He also enjoyed being a stay-at-home dad to their 4-year-old mutt, Bean, and he truly adored relaxing at home with his loved ones.

Dominic treasured each and every moment spent with family and friends and welcomed any traveling adventure with open arms. Those were the things that brought out the killer smile we all loved!!

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Karen Cline Wedemeyer Memorial Fund

The Karen Cline Wedemeyer Memorial Fund is established in memory of Karen Wedemeyer, a resident and active supporter of many organizations in Punta Gorda, FL. She believed deeply in improving her community by supporting education and civic institutions. Karen was a resident of Punta Gorda for more than 20 years and was passionate about the area and its residents.

In Punta Gorda, Karen realized a life’s dream to build a college preparatory school. Working with the leadership of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Karen launched a K-8 program and led a fundraising effort to construct a new school building in 2006. Karen retired from Good Shepherd Day School in 2008.

Karen was also an active community leader. She was a board member of the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association and she chaired fundraising efforts for Team Punta Gorda and The Tidewell Hospice Cup Regatta. Karen was an active member of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club and the Mariners Boat Club.

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Karen Wynn Memorial

Karen’s Path

Our Karen, Karen Wynn (Ustby)  was born on December 13th, 1966 and left our world on August 22nd, 2019. She ran off in an instant, and was way too young.  She ran up the path ahead of us and out of sight, when we weren’t looking. For those left behind, for now there is grief. And love, of course.

Many of us, those who knew and loved her, might first remember her as a child in Madison, Wisconsin. Karen was born and lived most of her life in Madison, Wisconsin. Karen, her mom and sister Jerri were the “Ustby Girls”. Karen was a giving soul, spirited, fun loving and free. Laughing, always laughing.

Karen’s husband was Doug.  Her best friend, travel companion, confidant and soul mate.  With him she shared a love so deep no words can describe it. Drop a stone down that well of love and you will not hear it land.  Together they were like peanut butter and jam, cheese curds and beer, chips and dip … each with such great qualities but when together perfection.

Our Karen for whom family and friends meant everything. She was always there for us; everyone – loving, giving, the light of the room, and we knew when she arrived that all was right in our world.  A spirit such as hers can’t be made still. The lover of games both competitive and cooperative whose laughter kept us laughing.

Karen would reach out for any hand that needed taking.  She always made time to listen, provide counsel and love.  Yet she is still, even now, the girl with the stunning aquamarine eyes, long beautiful tanned legs; playing with her friends. Still laughing.

Karen tried on many hats in her life, each one a different fit but suiting her right at the time. In her early years she worked in retail and was a bartender, and once her schooling was finished she was an occupational therapist, mobility assessment evaluator who fit people for wheelchairs, a massage therapist, and a hospital volunteer.  Then Karen tried on her last hat and it fit perfectly … a realtor. Karen found her calling and within three short years was flourishing. And everyone around her was smiling at her success.

Karen Rae (Ustby) was born in Madison; the daughter of Roy (deceased) and Carol (deceased).  She was the much treasured sister of Jerri (Dan); another daughter to Jill or as she called her Mum; the cherished sister-in-law of Linda and Christie (Tim); the much beloved aunt to Joe (Brianna), Jules and Liam; Brin (Sabrina) and Breagh (Ayad); Kate, Sarah, Emma and Reid; and great-aunt to Georgia; Myles and Tristan.


Karen Wynn Memorial Scholarship 

The Karen Wynn Memorial Scholarship was established by her husband Doug, family, friends and colleagues. The Karen Wynn Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at the Charlotte Community Foundation  to memorialize Karen and her passion for Real Estate.

This scholarship will benefit Florida residents who wish to pursue a career in Real Estate by allowing them to attend the needed classes, help to provide funding for registrations, certifications, and necessary dues.

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Barbara Lutz Memorial Fund

The Barbara Lutz Memorial Fund has been established in memory of our dear mother, Barbara Lutz. She was a wonderful person and an even better mom and grandma. She just recently welcomed her first great grandchild into her life and was able to spend some precious time with him. Our family will always love her and cherish the memories that we made together.

Barbara was a determined, independent and compassionate woman. She spent her life in the health care field as a registered nurse. But most of all, Barbara will be remembered for the determination she had to fight through adversity.

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Sharon Howe Memorial Fund

Sharon’s life was short, living only 46 years, however in that short time she brought light and love to all she met. With her infectious laugh and beautiful smile, she would always look on the bright side and try to be a person to help. She would always tell her daughters to do one good thing a day, she called this act “Good Doobie Deeds” and it could be something as simple as holding the door for someone or just a simple compliment to a stranger, but always do SOMETHING to make a difference.

This mindset was instilled into her two daughters, Sarah and Beki, who have decided, on the 20th anniversary of her passing, to start a memorial fund to help those in the community in need and to inspire others to spread cheer and kindness in Sharon’s honor and memory.

Whatever way you see fit, whether it’s an act of kindness or monetary donation, the purpose is to bring a little joy to the world around you.

The Sharon Howe Memorial Fund was established to leave a legacy of kindness, positivity, caring, and service in the community by promoting and performing acts of kindness and monetary support to those in need in our community.

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