Charlotte M. Kanavel


Charlotte M. Kanavel, 89, of Midland, Michigan, died on Sunday, September 30, 2012, at MidMichigan Stratford Village nursing facility in Midland.

Charlotte was born on March 22, 1923 in Trenton, N.J., to Charlotte (Pope) and Edward A. Mueller. She graduated from Trenton State College in 1945 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. In June of 1945 she married Gaylord A. Kanavel; he predeceased her on February 24, 1993. Charlotte and Gaylord resided in Trenton, later moving to Yardley, Penn.

After raising a family, Charlotte returned to teaching, attaining the position of Headmistress of Chapin School in Princeton, N.J., in 1975. She particularly enjoyed the inquisitiveness and energy of her middle school students, both at Chapin and at St. John the Evangelist in Morrisville, Penn.

In 1982, Charlotte and Gaylord moved to Oak Bluffs. Life on Martha’s Vineyard suited them both. Charlotte quickly became involved in numerous organizations on the Vineyard including being on the Board of Trustees of Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and of Tele Response & Support Services. She was president of the M.V. Hospital Auxiliary from 1984 through 1988.

Her greatest joy came from her work as an art instructor at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center, where she was able to share her talent and teaching abilities with many of the Vineyard’s seniors. Charlotte’s watercolors have been exhibited in numerous Island establishments, and sold to raise funds for Island charities.

Charlotte is survived by her three children, Susan Charlotte Nash of Martinez, Calif., John Kanavel and his friend, Janine, of Yardley, Penn., and Nancy (Charles) Grant of Midland; grandchildren Charlotte (John Henry) Grant of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., and Melissa Kanavel of Oak Bluffs; two great-grandchildren, Hadley and Gwendolyn of Mt. Pleasant; nieces Louise (David Lagala) Mueller and Kate Mueller of Vermont; and nephews Richard (Aisha) Mueller of Vermont and Carl (Judy) Mueller of Vineyard Haven.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Oak Bluffs Senior Center and MidMichigan Stratford Village nursing home. Charlotte’s family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Stratford Village for their never-ending kindness and devotion to their residents.

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