Charlotte E. Thornblade, 89, of Woodcrest Circle, Scottdale, died peacefully April 26, 2009. She was born November 27, 1919 in the family home in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Frank J. and Harriet Miller Diven. She enjoyed 55 years of loving marriage to Carl E. Thornblade, who died in 1999.
As a young woman, Charlotte worked for David S. Brilhart, followed by the West Penn Power Co. She was a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Scottdale and a member of the chancel choir for many years. She influenced the lives of many generations of students as a Sunday school teacher with her Christian ideals. She volunteered at Frick Hospital and worked with the American Cancer Society's Daffodils for Cancer and several other charitable activities in her church. During her later years, she enjoyed living at Woodcrest Senior Living Center and was a special friend of the staff and residents. Charlotte always loved art and became an avid artist at Woodcrest, fashioning many colored pencil drawings for her family and many friends. Charlotte is survived by her three children: Dr. Edward Thornblade and his wife, Karen of Fairfield Glade TN, Thomas Thornblade and his wife, Joyce of Wexford PA, and Susan Lynch and her husband, James of Covington, KY; five grandchildren: Tracey Belmont, Dr. Carl Thornblade, Tyler Thornblade, Travis Thornblade, and Brennan Thornblade. She especially loved her four great grandchildren, Elliot and Ian Thornblade and Nicholas and Sophia Cai Belmont. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Charlotte was the last surviving member of her family being predeceased by three brothers: Robert, Benjamin and William Diven. Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday from 2 to 4 & 6 to 8 pm at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC. 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, (724) 887-7110. Additional visitation will be held on Thursday in Trinity United Methodist Church, Scottdale from 10-11 am the hour of funeral services with her pastor, Rev. Stephen C. Moore officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in the Scottdale Cemetery. Contributions in Charlotte's memory may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Mulberry & Hickory Sts., Scottdale or The Scottdale Public Library 106 Spring St. Scottdale, PA 15683. For online information or to send a message of condolence, visit www.gjfuneral.com