Charlotte Merlee Kuhnlein

Charlotte Merlee Kuhnlein went to dance in heaven with her beloved Leo on January 1st, 2022. She was 90 years young. Charlotte was born and lived her childhood in Houston, Texas. She then moved with her family to the San Fernando Valley where she met the love of her life, Leo Kuhnlein. They were married in 1956 and moved to Boulder Creek in 1964. Here, they raised five children and were active members of their community. Charlotte taught catechism at St. Michael’s Church, supported Leo at the Boulder Creek Volunteer Fire Department and volunteered many hours at the UCSC Arboretum and Boulder Creek Museum.

Charlotte especially loved her sports and was known to be quite competitive in all she did. Nothing made her happier than a good game of cards and of course the “win” at the end. She was an avid bowler and league secretary at the Santa Cruz Surf Bowl for many years and played bocce ball at Scotts Valley Skypark. She never missed a game of her granddaughter’s sports and was known at the Highland’s Park Softball League as the “Outlaw Mom” where she cheered on her husband, sons and son-in-law at every game.

What Charlotte enjoyed most in life were her friends and family. Her 5 children, 6 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter and their husbands and wives were where she found the most happiness. Surrounded by them, her world was complete. She was loved by all who met her and made many dear friends in the years she lived in the San Lorenzo Valley. We will forever miss her and be grateful for the kindness she taught us.

All are invited to join the family for a celebration mass to be held on January 22nd at 1:00pm at St. Augustin’s Church, 257 Glenwood Dr., Scotts Valley, CA. Masks required. If so inclined, contributions in honor of Charlotte can be made to UCSC Arboretum, Boulder Creek Museum or Boulder Creek Volunteer Fire Department.