Obituary - F. Charlotte Faust


Last updated 10/18/2023 at 12:15pm

F. Charlotte Faust

F. Charlotte Faust, 87, passed away due to a stroke at Northern Montana Hospital Saturday, October 14, 2023.

Cremation has taken place, and memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 23, 2023, at Fifth Avenue Christian Church with Pastor Rick Hodshire officiating.

Charlotte's family has suggested memorial donations be made in her memory to Fifth Avenue Christian Church, the Veterans of the Hi-Line Memorial Park, or the charity of the donor's choice.

Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements.

Please visit Charlotte's online memorial page to send a card or leave a message of condolence for her family at .

Charlotte was born June 22, 1936, in Deer Lodge, MT, to Harold and Freda (Larson) Gustafson. She was raised with two brothers and graduated from Powell County High School. After high school, Charlotte moved to Spokane, WA and worked for Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph as a phone operator.

In Spokane she met Bill Faust, Air Force airplane mechanic, stationed at Fairchild AFB. They were married December of 1957.  When Bill was discharged, they moved to Inglewood, CA, where daughter Carol was born. In 1979, they moved to Washington, where later, Charlotte attended the Tri-Cities Community College, and then Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA, receiving her bachelor's degree in business administration. Both Charlotte and Bill earned their bachelor degrees as empty nesters, quite an accomplishment!  

Charlotte worked for several different companies as a bookkeeper, her favorite being Atlantis Submarines in Everett. She retired from bookkeeping in 1998. In retirement, the couple enjoyed many years of camping and road trips, not to mention frequent trips to Costco.  When Bill passed away in 2013, Charlotte relocated to Havre to be near her daughter, granddaughters, and great-grandchildren.

Charlotte enjoyed working in her yards gardening. She always kept a tidy house so she could host company. She loved "keeping in touch" through email and phone calls, and had a passion for genealogy, taking a Community Ed class to perfect her skills. She took a David Jeremiah Alaskan Cruise to celebrate her 80th birthday. She was an active church member wherever she was living.

In recent years, Charlotte spent time volunteering at Fifth Avenue Christian Church folding bulletins, picking up communion cups, helping with funerals, facilitating a ladies Bible study, and whatever else needed done. She especially loved hymn sings, school music performances, community music events, and playing the piano.

  She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Faust; parents, Harold and Freda Gustafson; son-in-law Chris Crosby; and brother, Harold "Jack" Gustafson.

Charlotte is survived by her daughter, Carol (Les) Crosby Odegard, Havre; granddaughters, Alisha (Jon) Wells of Havre and Leandra (Josh) Fraley of East Helena; great-grandchildren, Eden, Presly, Olivia, Roman, Dylan, Emersyn; brother, Jim Gustafson of AZ; and several nieces and nephews.


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