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Charlotte Gonea

June 1, 1921 — January 2, 2018

The memorial service for Charlotte Gonea, of Starbuck, Minnesota will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Indherred Lutheran Church, near Starbuck, with Reverend Paul Johnson officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be at Indherred Lutheran Cemetery, Starbuck.

Charlotte Berte Peltier, daughter of Louis and Berte (Gillet) Peltier was born on June 1, 1921 in Auvillers-Les-Forges, France. She attended school and lived in Reims, France. During World War II she met Harold Hippe, the couple married in France on January 7, 1946. After the war, the couple made their home in Glenwood, Minnesota. In 1955, Charlotte married Bernard Wollan of Starbuck, the couple made their home near Starbuck, where Charlotte worked for the Minnewaska Lutheran Home. In 1969, Charlotte moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where she continued to work as a seamstress and was a housekeeper for the MacMillan Family. Charlotte was united in marriage to Ivan Gonea in 1971. The couple lived in Minneapolis, before returning to Starbuck in 1979, due to Ivan’s health. Ivan died on August 6, 1979. Charlotte continued to live in Starbuck, working for the Minnewaska Lutheran Home and as a seamstress, a profession she held until the age of 84. Charlotte entered the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in June of 2011.

She was a member of the Indherred Lutheran Church, WELCA, and the Minnewaska Home Auxiliary.   Charlotte enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading and crossword puzzles. She adored the opera and classical music. Charlotte will be remembered for her strong faith and the love of her family.

Charlotte died on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck. She was 96 years old.

She is survived by four sons: Stephen (Marlene) Hippe, and Allen (Ida Mae) Hippe, all of Starbuck, MN, Ray Hippe, Waconia, MN and Michael Wollan, Minneapolis, MN; one sister, Marie-Therese Ruffin, Montgeron, France; one son-in-law, Dennis Berrier, Rosemount, MN; eleven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan, her parents, two daughters, Mary Lou (Claude) LaBouglie and Carol Berrier, one step-son, Gary Wollan and one great-granddaughter, Charlotte Hippe.

Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  An online guest book can be signed at

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