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HAWKS, Charlene M. Vorwald

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HAWKS, Charlene M. Vorwald. (Dubuque, IA, Jan. 12, 1930--Dubuque, IA, 2023) The only child of Elmer and Monica (Theisen) Vorwald, Char saw her cousins on both sides of her family as siblings and spent many joyous days with them and loved them dearly.

Char earned her BA in Classical Languages from CLARKE COLLEGE. She continued her education while raising her children, earning her MA and PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa.

Char married James Edward “Ed” Hawks on November 19, 1951, at NATIVITY CHURCH. Together they traveled the country or spent days at an old stone house, lovingly called the “Rock House,” near Bellevue. Their seven children, and their children’s spouses, are Tim (Mary Lew McCormick), Shorewood, WI; Teri Hawks GOODMANN (Tom), Dubuque, IA; Cathy (Tony) Topf, Wonder Lake, IL; Laura Hawks, Iowa City; IA, Susan Hawks, Sugar Grove, IL; Carolyn (Bill) Bates, Donahue, IA; and Lisabeth Hawks, South Elgin, IL. Char was also survived by 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Monica Vorwald and her husband.

Char volunteered for the March of Dimes, Girl Scouts, and the St. Paul the Apostle School Board all in Davenport, IA. Char was a proud member of Rotary International Club and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. After earning her advanced degrees, Char worked at Augustana College (Rock Island, IL) as an adjunct professor and the Director of the Reading and Writing (Lab) Center. Never one to retire, Char and Ed opened Hawk Hollow Antiques and Collectibles in Bellevue, IA and Galena, IL.



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