Charlotte Ann Eilers, 89, was born on Nov. 30, 1933, in Salem, S.D. She was married to Fred Hollenbeck until his passing in 1997. She was a Clayton resident.
They never had children of their own, but in 1969 overnight they became guardians to their nephew, Finn Birder, who lost his parents when he was just 6.
Charlotte taught at Mt. Diablo Elementary for an incredible 50+ years. Her firm, direct teaching style had proven results year after year.
When Finn was 14, he drew an interest in playing with the now world-famous Concord Blue Devils in 1978. Fostered by her love of music, Fred and Char became active in the booster club as parents and supporters to the very end.
From her elementary students to her hosting of Blue Devil corps kids to hosting international students, Charlotte played an important role in shaping and guiding thousands of young people. After never having kids of her own, she became a mom to many.
Charlotte passed away on Aug. 15, 2023, due to a long-term illness. She is survived by her son, Finn Birder, daughter-in-law, Jeanann, and grandchildren, Adam and Alyssa Birder.
A Celebration of Life will be held 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Clayton Community Library.
In lieu of flowers, please donate a tribute gift in Charlotte’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association to provide continuing care, support and accelerated research.