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Charla V. Pierce

August 11, 1940 ~ January 1, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Charla V. Pierce Obituary

Charla Vae Johansen-Pierce, 83, of Woodstock (Marengo) IL, passed away, Monday, January 1, 2024.

She was born on August 11, 1940 in Woodstock, the daughter of the late Charles F., and Evalyn I. (Peterson) Johansen. On June 19, 1965 Charla married Clifford F. Pierce at the First United Methodist Church in Woodstock.

Charla attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomingdale, IL on a piano scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance in 1962. She was a member of the Music Fraternity of Delta Omicron serving as President of the Sigma Chapter during her senior year at Illinois Wesleyan. She then attended the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago graduating in 1964 with a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance studying with William J. Browning. Following her graduation, Charla taught on the piano faculty at the world famous Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, MI, where she met her future husband in Charlevoix, MI. After her marriage, Charla taught music for 1 year at Clay Street School within the Woodstock school district before starting her family. She then opened a private music studio focusing primarily on piano education, ranging from pre-school through adults, which became her life’s joy!! She enriched countless students’ lives through music for over 40 years!!

Charla maintained her professional development by maintaining a membership of the Fox Hill Music Teacher Association. She was a member of the prestigious Piano Guild and was a sought after judge in many local music contests. Charla was the church organist/accompanist for over 20 years at the First United Methodist Church in Woodstock.

Charla, following in her mothers and grandmothers footsteps, was a member of the 169-year old Seneca Ladies Literary Society (SLLS) until her passing. Charla was a life long member of First United Methodist Church in Woodstock.

Charla is survived by her husband, Clifford; her children, Shawn C. (Curtis) Anderson, Charla L. Pierce, Alyssa R Whiting, Barry C.C. (Jamie Galler) Pierce; grandchildren, Sydney R. Anderson, Madalyn E. Anderson, Myranda L. Anderson, Donovan F. Amos, Devin C. Whiting, Lauren A. (Sean) Herron, Elijah J. Pierce, Benjamin C.C. Pierce and Hailey Alexandra Galler; great-grandaughter, Isla Joan; dear friend, Tom McTague Jr. and his children Thomas J. McTague and Rebecca L. McTague.

She was preceded in death by her beloved parents and two brothers Charles and Cole Johansen.

Charla's Celebration of Life will be held on January 20, 2024 at First United Methodist Church in Woodstock. Visitation will begin at 10:00am with the Celebration of Life at 11:00am, officiated by Pastor Hyujae Lee. A luncheon will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Woodstock or the Interlochen Center for the Arts at














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Celebration of Life
January 20, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
First United Methodist Church 201 W South St Woodstock IL

Funeral Service
January 20, 2024

11:00 AM
First United Methodist Church 201 W South St Woodstock IL


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