Charlotte Marie Upah – The Gazette

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Charlotte Marie Upah


Charlotte Marie Upah, 64, of Toledo, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Arrangements are as follows: On Tuesday, Dec. 20, a Rosary will be held at 3:15 p.m., and Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m., with a Vigil Service following at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama. A Visitation will also be held on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Andy Upah as celebrant and Deacon Stan Upah assisting. Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Tama. Friends are welcome to join the family at the church Parish Center following the Interment for food and fellowship.

Charlotte was born on July 19, 1958, in Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Ludmilla (Svoboda) Stadler.

She graduated from South Tama County High School in 1976. She graduated with a BA degree in Accounting from UNI and then went on to get her CPA and was admitted to the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants in 1981.

On Nov. 22, 1980, she was united in marriage to Stan Upah at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chelsea, Iowa. Charlotte operated her own business Upah Tax & Bookkeeping Service since 1984 and served as CFO of USS Polaris in Toledo.

Charlotte’s life was centered on her marriage and family. She was all about serving and ministering to others with her generous servant heart. Charlotte was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama where she developed her deep faith and expressed her love of the Catholic Mass. Also at the church, she was involved as Chair of the Finance Council and Date Night Marriage Ministry. Charlotte was an active member of the Iowa Board of CPA’s and the Iowa District Court Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission, appointed by the Governor. Over the years, Charlotte was involved in the Tama-Toledo Chamber, chair-person of South Tama Dollars for Scholars, and was a past President of the Board of Directors for Area Education Agency 6 and 267 from 1992-2015. Charlotte was proud of her family and was always there to support them. The times they spent together, especially with her grandchildren, were dear to her heart.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Stan Upah of Toledo; her children, Fr. Andy Upah of Dubuque, Sara (Luke) Cross of Marshalltown and Kristy (Tyler) Staker of Cedar Rapids; 10 grandchildren, Colby, Karolina, Caleb, Conrad, Katherine and Baby Cross, and Avery, Cade, Ellie and Baby Staker; her mother, Ludmilla Perkins of Toledo; three siblings, Denise (Rick) Mills of Kansas City, Kan., Doug (Trish) Stadler of Chelsea, Amy (Kevin) Brandt of Sumner; her mother-in-law, Maxine Upah of Tama; and 23 nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her father, Joseph Stadler; her stepfather, John Perkins; and her father-in-law, Donald Upah.

Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama.

Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, Tama-Toledo, is assisting the family with arrangements.