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Charlyene (Jaggar) VanCleave

March 4, 1935 ~ August 14, 2021 (age 86)


Charlyene Mae VanCleave, 86 of Carmel, became an angel in the presence of our Lord on August 14, 2021 after a battle with Alzheimer’s. 

She was born in Indianapolis on March 4, 1935 to Ray and Lucille (Davis) Jaggar. Charlyene was a 1953 graduate of Broadripple High School.

In her early days, Charlyene was a loving and devoted homemaker. She was a talented seamstress and upholsterer.  She enjoyed cooking, working puzzles, and absolutely anything to do with arts and crafts.  She also enjoyed gardening and really loved all kinds of flowering plants. 

Charlyene worked at First Baptist Church of Indianapolis and was also their Wedding Coordinator for many years. 

Later in life, Charlyene developed an interest in watching and following the Indianapolis Colts.   She even had Colts’ pompoms and other paraphernalia to root them on during the games. 

In addition to her parents, Charlyene was preceded in death by her husband Robert (Van) Van Cleave; son, Mark Lewman VanCleave; and brothers Merritt (Joanna) and Lynne Jaggar. 

Survivors include her sons, Chris (Lisa) Herbert, and Dean (Linda) Jaggar; grandchildren, Jared and Karli Herbert, Terra (Kurtis) Kim, Blake Richards; and great-grandchildren, Connor Kim and Milania Richards. 

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 19, 2021 in Bussell Family Funerals, 1621 E. Greyhound Pass, Carmel, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Service will begin at 12:00 PM.

Burial will follow at the family burial plot in Bainbridge Cemetery next to her husband Van, and their son Mark Lewman VanCleave.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st Street, Ste 100, Indianapolis, IN  46240.  Envelopes will be available at the service as well as online donations.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Heritage Hospice and Rose Senior Living for the care and support given to Charlyene.

Bussell Family Funerals is privileged to assist the family in arrangements.



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August 19, 2021

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Bussell Family Funerals
1621 E Greyhound Pass
Carmel, IN 46032

Funeral Service
August 19, 2021

12:00 PM
Bussell Family Funerals
1621 E Greyhound Pass
Carmel, IN 46032

August 19, 2021

Bainbridge Cemetery
Highway 36
Bainbridge, IN 46015


Alzheimer's Association: Greater Indiana Chapter
50 E 91st Street #100, Indianapolis IN 46240

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