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Charlotte E. Watchulonis (Michel)

November 22, 1934 - October 4, 2021

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Charlotte Elizabeth (Michel) Watchulonis, 86, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 4, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born, November 22, 1934 in Dallas, PA, a daughter of the late Frank Michel and Helen (Cech) Michel. Her sister, Bernadine C. Remetz and grandson, Sawyer James Hammersley, preceded her in death.

Charlotte was a graduate of Dallas High School class of 1952. Charlotte began her service to her community early on, serving her graduating class as class president. Her personal motto was “Nothing is impossible to a willing spirit.” She also participated in the glee and newspaper clubs, along with class plays and activities and served as manager of the basketball team. She was a 1956 graduate of College Misericordia with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. Charlotte did her student teaching in the Honey Brook School District where she cultivated her love of cooking and unrivaled green thumb of growing African violets. She enjoyed playing the piano for many class events especially the May Day celebration.

Charlotte met the love of her life, Donald R. Watchulonis, Sr. at 14 through a neighborly offering of an apple pie and they celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on October 26, 2020. She and her husband were the owners and proprietors of Hilltop Nursery School for over 25 years, where she touched dozens and dozens of Back Mountain families and was affectionately known as Miss Charlotte until she retired to spend time with family and continue her volunteer efforts in her hometown. Charlotte supported her first parish, Gate of Heaven as a school aid and CCD teacher to the preschool class for many years and volunteered with The Back Mountain Memorial Library Auction securing donations for the very popular plant booth. Charlotte went on to serve her parishes of Blessed Sacrament and St. Frances Cabrini as a Eucharistic Minister with her husband for many years and she enjoyed making quilts for the disadvantaged through the Blessed Sacrament Quilt Club.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Donald, are her eight children, Anne Rumpf and her husband Larry of Doylestown, PA, Dianne and partner Kent Keutzer of Long, Island, NY, Donald and partner Sarah Dessureault of Dallas, PA, Susan Case and her husband, James of Coplay, PA, Maribeth Krawetz and her husband Gary of Dallas, PA, Michael and his wife Vicki of Lilburn, Ga, Claire Hammersley and her husband James of Tunkhannock, PA and Daniel and his wife Valentina of Los Angeles, CA;  grandchildren, Jared Krawetz, Julia Krawetz, Elliott Hammersley, Quinlan Hammersley, Schuler Hammersley, Siena Watchulonis, Merida Watchulonis, Santiago Watchulonis and Rio Watchulonis, Patrick Case, Shawn Case and his wife Heather; one great grandchild, Charlie Case; brother Frank J. Michael and several nephews, nieces, and cousins.

The entire Watchulonis family would like to thank the loving staffs of The Meadows Manor, Dallas, PA; Tiffany Court at Kingston, Kingston, PA; and Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, PA.

Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street, Plains, PA 18705. A public celebration of life and memorial service will be held later.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore, PA, 100 William Street, Dunmore, PA 18510 or The Back Mountain Memorial Library in Dallas, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas, PA 18612 or a charity of the donor’s choice.


Phone 570-823-1358
Fax 570-829-6699


20 South Main St.
Plains, PA 18705

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