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Obituary: Charlotte Gene Senhen

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Charlotte Gene Senhen died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007.

She was born in 1940 in Charlotte, N.C., and raised in Louisville, Ky. Charlotte attended the University of Louisville, and married in 1960.

The couple made homes in New York City, Jacksonville, Fla., Virginia Beach, Boston and Indianapolis, and La Mesa, El Cajon and Ramona, Calif.

Her professional life began at the Indiana State Nurses Association and included 17 years with the Navy as a contract negotiator and union steward. She was a critical part of the team that launched a new class of Navy and Army auxiliary ships in San Diego.

Charlotte and her husband moved to Idyllwild in 2002 after trying Tucson in retirement and starting her new career in what she loved — real estate. They bought the Monterey Dome alpine house the Outwaters had built in the 1970s at the end of Crestview Drive.

Charlotte quickly started as a Realtor and worked most of her Idyllwild career at Village Properties.

Charlotte took advantage of the “Dome” with its commanding view to the south mountains and valleys to hold many parties and to host visitors most weekends.

The Senhens were members of the Hemet Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship and her husband was a member of the Idyllwild Rotary Club and the Idyllwild Water District board.

To their disappointment, health concerns took the Senhens off the Hill in 2005.

Charlotte is survived by her husband, Linus; a daughter, Mandy; and a son and daughter-in-law, John and Beth.

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