Charlene Jean Merz (Char)

May 22, 1946 - January 15, 2021

Charlene Jean Merz (Char), 74, is finally home now with her heavenly Father. She passed away on January 15, 2021 after a valiant battle with a long illness. Her devotion to her family, friends and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.

Charlene was born in Spring Lake, MI to the late Arlene and Don Rabidoux. She is survived by her son, Steven Raskiewicz; daughters, Angela Ziegler and Christine Jones; brother, David Rabidoux; as well as four grandchildren.

Charlene had many jobs but the two most important of them all, was being a young minister leading so many to the Lord and being the most loving and devoted Mother a child could ever have.

Even though Charlene is no longer walking beside us, she is now an angel that is flying above and watching over us. She will be forever in our hearts and always in our memories and never to be forgotten.

We will be having a celebration of life on her birthday with time and location to be determined.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Angel Jan 21, 2021 at 9:16 am

    I chose this picture of Mom, not only because it was her favorite picture of herself, but it was one of the happiest times in her life. This is the time she was enjoying life to the fullest. Mom, I know you’re even more breathtaking in heaven because your soul is even more beautiful.then the prettiest sunset anyone has ever seen.
    You are free to take flight and shine bright embraced by Gods love. This is not goodbye because I know I will see you again. However, I will miss you more than you can imagine. You will always be the wind beneath my wings. I will love you always and forever, your Daughter Angel

  2. Caroline Mills Jan 21, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Charlene and I met in 1993 in Naples Florida. We became fast friends and maintained that friendship over the years. Many times we were separated by miles but would keep in touch. I will miss her but I know she is another angel with our Heavenly Father..

  3. Dave Rabidoux Jan 21, 2021 at 10:21 am

    She is on God’s house now
    Free of pain
    Love – Dave

  4. Alexis Rodriguez Jan 21, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Grandmom was someone who knew I loved crazy stories. She knew I loved conspiracy theories at such a young age. Grandmom told me some of the wildest Bigfoot stories and some other things I promised to keep a secret. Grandmom I love you and your free spirit to love. You are a beautiful woman inside and out. Thank you for all the memories and crystal we used to share. I will miss you dearly. Forever your granddaughter ๐Ÿ’›

  5. Darlene Muszynski Jan 21, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Char was my Sister in the Lord and Best Friend for 46 Years and my soul is in Perfect Peace for she is with her Heavenly Father now and free

  6. Jill Scott Jan 22, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Angel your Mama is so beautiful and she made a beautiful daughter. I never got to meet her but if she was anything like you I am sure she was an amazing beautiful person inside and out. My heart goes out to you and your family. Take peace in knowing she is in a happy place free from pain and suffering. She will always be with you and watching over you till you see her again someday ๐Ÿ’•

  7. Brad Jan 22, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Well I guess I’m the procrastinator in the family for just now getting to post and Char would expect nothing less! It drove her crazy that I could never manage to get the office out of the dining room so we could sit and have dinner at a table like normal people.
    Having the privilege of being Chars Son in Law, has been one of the greatest honors of my life. Hearing her laugh at my stupid jokes just to be nice but then making us laugh out of nowhere with her great sense of humor. I feel blessed to have the ability to look in the future at how beautiful, kind and wonderful my wife will stay as we age just as her Mom did. I have blessed to have a second mom as wonderful as Char was. Im not sure if its ok to be jealous that God gets her now but I am regardless. I miss you Mama always will and rest assured your Daughter is in good hands… Because I know you can put in a request to send a lighting bolt down… Sooooo

  8. Tina (Ziegler) Dalton Jan 22, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    I am So sorry for your loss Angel and Brad. You are in my prayers always. We love you very much. ๐Ÿ’–

  9. Steve Jan 27, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    The best, most important thing my Mother did for me apart from giving birth to me was introducing me to Christ through the Holy Spirit. I’ll see you again in Heaven Mom.
    Your Loving Son,

  10. Cameron Feb 6, 2021 at 3:21 am

    My aunt had way more memories of me than i her, last we talked was so to the core. Said i smiled as much as her as an infant, yet picked my nose more than her. She always ended our talks with how much she loved me and was great to hear my voice. I always could listen and feel the love. Call me in my life. Cameron carter, in it to win it. Xoxo . Ps love you sweet couzins even steve why dont i know these things. Much happy fam .

    I just wrote greatest shit how much i loved her and her i and it deleted. She knew me more than I her. Yet the love and fun and hearing her smile, unbelievable how much she had kept of our family and I was still in as much as all. My heart is full knowing how much of a wonderful fam i have. We would not be without my aunt char.

  11. Andrea Lee Mcdowell May 23, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Love you grandma fly high save a spot up there for me mom naynay love you stay safe for me please๐Ÿ˜”โค๏ธ.

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