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Charlene Coon

Charlene (Gartner) Coon, age 79, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, September 8th, 2022 at Memorial Community Care in Aurora, NE.

A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 15th, 2022 at the Blue Valley Cemetery which is 8 miles south of Hastings. Pastor Rudy Flores will officiate. A reception will be held at the Messiah Lutheran Church at 415 South 18th Street, Aurora, NE at noon following the grave side service. Memorials may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church, 415 S 18th Street, Aurora, NE 68818 in Charlene's name. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Charlene (Gartner) Coon, the daughter of Charles H. and Sylvia (Wehnes) Gartner, was born on the family farm east of Roseland, NE on September 10, 1942 and passed away in Aurora, NE on Thursday, September 8th, 2022; two days prior to her 80th birthday.

Charlene attended District #5 Country School thru the 6th grade and then went to Roseland and graduated in 1960. After graduation she worked in Hastings until her best friend graduated and they moved into an apartment together in Hastings. Charlene worked at several places in Hastings including Hastings State Hospital and the Lincoln Telephone Co.

In December of 1965 Charlene married John R. Coon and they moved to Lincoln and then to Giltner. In the late 1960's she worked at the Cornhusker Ordinance Plant in Grand Island. In 1976 they moved to Aurora and she worked for Hamilton Telephone Co., Sack Lumber, Agrico Cargil, Casey's, Pump & Pantry and Memorial Hospital for 13 years. Before retiring she helped take care of her mother and they did a lot of traveling together. They went to Graceland, Nashville, Canada and Mexico. After her retirement she volunteered at MCC with Bingo, helped with funeral dinners at church and volunteered at the 12th Street Cinema on Saturday evenings.

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hastings and later Messiah Lutheran Church in Aurora. In her later years she enjoyed traveling on Amtrak to Colorado to visit her sons and granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents and older brother, Roger Gartner.

Those left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Robert (Rhonda) Coon of Evans, CO and Barry Coon of Highlands Ranch, CO; two granddaughters, Megan and Sarah Coon of Colorado. She is also survived by her brother, William (Karen) Gartner of Gretna; sister-in-law, Donna Gartner of Hastings; niece, Michelle (Dan) Gartner-Kochanek of Denver, CO; nephew, Adam (Ashley) Gartner of Omaha and great nieces and nephew Kinley, Brennan, Rory and Nora of Omaha. She's also survived by nephew Russ Gartner of Richardson, TX, niece Cindy Williams of Hastings, NE and extended family.

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