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Obituary for Charity "Dawn" Andres

Charity Dawn Andres, 92, of West Salem, passed away with her family by her side, Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Mulder Health Care facility, West Salem.. Dawn was born September 9, 1926, in La Crosse, Wis., to the late Harry and Stella (Munson) Wilcox. Dawn graduated from West Salem High School in 1944 and married the love of her life, John, in 1952. Dawn was a life-long resident of West Salem and member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, where she served for over 25 years as choir director, and could often be found chairing church and ministry events. She was an avid quilter and her legacy continues to warm family, friends, and missions recipients around the world. When not with her family or church, Dawn was usually with her childhood friend, Verda Drecktrah. They were legendary shopping pals, and Herberger’s likely closed when Dawn and Verda could no longer shop together. Dawn will be remembered fondly by all who knew her and will be missed deeply. She is survived by two children, Paul (Rhonda) Andres, and Sarah (Robert) Koenen; a sister, Bonnie Ender; six grandchildren, Rebekah (Kyle) Hulse, Cole (Carrie) Andres, Ethan Andres, Logan Andres, Alex Koenen, and Rachel Koenen; four great grandchildren, Elliot, Caroline, Spencer, and Jonathan; and eleven nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 2003, her brother, Richard (Viola) Wilcox, and sisters, Constance (Kermit) Greenly, Joyce (Dusty) Distlehurst, and Carol Mae Wilcox. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 359 N. Leonard St., West Salem. Pastors Jonathan and Jean Schmidt will officiate. Burial will be in Neshonoc Cemetery. A visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Dorcas Sewing Circle, c/o Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 359 N. Leonard Street, West Salem, WI 54669. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Jostad Chapel, West Salem, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online Condolences may be sent at