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Charlene ‘Char’ Sobek -- Stewartville

September 30, 2018

Charlene Kay King was born on Jan. 19, 1947 in Racine Township in Mower County to Floyd and Lucille (Fimon) King.

She grew up in Racine and attended Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville High School in 1965. Charlene was married on Nov. 27, 1965 at the Racine United Methodist Church to James R. Sobek.

The couple lived in Stewartville, where they raised their daughters and have made their home for all 53 years of their married life together. Char was a mother, homemaker, and, later in life, provided day care for children of close friends or family. Jim was head of security for IBM in Rochester for 30 years, then supervised security at Apache Mall until his retirement.

Char was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and was an active volunteer with the Stewartville School District while her daughters were growing up. She was an avid reader, followed “Days of Our Lives,” enjoyed rides with Jim in the convertible Camaro, and jumping into her backyard swimming pool. Char enjoyed visiting with friends and loved time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Char is survived by her husband — Jim and her 3 daughters — Jolynn (Dan) Musel of Elizabethtown, KY; Jackie (Lanny) Evans and Christina Reese both of Stewartville; 4 grandchidren — Brad Evans, Josh Evans, Joseph Sobek and Amber Reese; sister — Phyllis Crowley of Rochester; sister-in-law — Sharon Lowe of Mazeppa, MN and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister — Marion Winter and brother- Luverne “Butch” King.

A time of visitation for family and friends will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 1) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning.

Char’s Family suggests memorials to Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester at gift-of-life.org. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. Online condolences and memories of Char are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com

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