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Charlotte Jean (Apland) Ortiz

Charlotte Jean (Apland) Ortiz, age 39, of Springfield, Ohio, died Monday, August 12, 2019 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton after a courageous battle with cancer.

Charlotte was born October 23, 1979 in Banbury, England.  The daughter of Mark Wayne and Jennifer Susan (Reynolds) Apland.  Charlotte was a member of the Greenon High School Class of 1998 where she was active in several things including student government, track, French Honor Society, and varsity cheerleading.  Several months prior to her graduation, Charlotte voluntarily enlisted in the Ohio Air National Guard.  A week following graduation, she entered basic training and eventually went to technical school in Biloxi, Mississippi.   The result of the 9/11 attacks required Charlotte to become active duty where she worked in the Command Post in Springfield.  It was in this role that she found her passion for recruiting.  She spent her career from 2002 until her death working as a recruiter for the Ohio Air National Guard.  Charlotte excelled in her career being promoted to the position of Assistant Recruiting and Retention Superintendent for the Ohio Air National Guard and rose to the rank of Master Sergeant.  She loved her country, serving it well, and always went above and beyond her duties.

Charlotte was an extraordinary and accomplished person, at work and in her personal life.  In December of 1999, she earned her private pilot license.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Wright State University in Communications and a Master’s degree in Marketing/Advertising from Columbia Southern University.  She enjoyed volunteering each month at Restoration Park Church (RPC), where she would help feed the less fortunate and assist with clothing drives.   Charlotte was an active member of RPC and was proud to have been recently saved on August 27, 2017.  Her kind demeanor and smile were welcoming to anyone she encountered, and her boisterous personality allowed for all to know her presence.  Simply put, Charlotte was an easy person to love and will be sadly missed.

In the role of mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend, Charlotte was second to none.  She is survived by her husband: Chief MSGT John Robert Ortiz, whom she wed on April 1, 2006; her daughter: Chloe A. Ortiz; step-daughters: Delani L. Ortiz and Tiernei A. Ortiz; her mother: Jennifer Susan (Reynolds) Apland of Fairborn; 2 brothers: Schuyler Apland of Cincinnati and Jeremy Apland of Seattle, WA; 3 nephews: Ian, Nicholas, and Colin Apland; her in-laws: Franklin J. and Nancy K. Ortiz of Scarbro, WV;  2 uncles: Tony (Diane) Reynolds and Dan (Roxanne) Apland; an aunt:  Carolyn Apland; her godparents: Fred and Jean Nicholls; her loyal dog: Coal; and several other relatives and countless friends.  Her father, Mark Wayne Apland, preceded her in death.

Family and friends are welcome on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 11 am until 1 pm at Restoration Park Church, 55 Restoration Park Drive, Medway, Ohio 45341.  Funeral services will immediately follow at 1 pm with Pastors Randy Warner, Chad Group, and Wes Arblaster co-officiating the services. In honor of Charlotte’s service to our country, full military honors will be conducted at the conclusion of the services at RPC by the Wright Paterson Air Force Base Honor Guard. Burial will be in Dayton National Cemetery.  Jake Penwell and the staff of Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875, are honored to serve Charlotte and her family.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Restoration Park Church, 55 Restoration Park Drive, Medway, Ohio, 45341 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8516.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Brian and Amie says:

    Johnny and family please know how sorry Brian and I to hear of Charlotte’s passing. Please know we are praying for your family.

  2. Georgina smith says:

    Never have I known such a wonderful, funny, kind, caring kindred spirit!
    We may have been miles apart but our friendship was certainly not.
    Taken far too young from us all and especially your beautiful family!
    Wherever you may be and whatever you may be doing just know you are never far from our thoughts, our memories and our hearts!
    Love you my dear friend!
    Georgie xxxxx

  3. Holly Alting says:

    My Sweet, Sweet Charlotte. Broken hearted here on Earth but so relieved to know you are not in pain any longer. What a fight you gave! I’m blessed to have grown up with you and I’ll always treasure those memories. May God wrap His arms around your beautiful family during this difficult time.You will be missed Dear Friend!

  4. Ed Starr says:

    John & family, we are so very sorry to hear of Charlotte’s passing. She was an absolutely incredible Airman! It was an honor to serve with her. You and the family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Most sincerely,
    Ed & Mark

  5. Ian Nicholls says:

    Little Charlotte x. Those care free days of the early 80’s Burns Road era. Me, Schuyler, Jeremy and his ‘Bam Bam’. All high on Kool Aid doing boys stuff, and you following us around saying eee-yan, eee-yan, eee-yan.

    What a lady you grew up to be. Loved by all who had the good fortune to be part of your life.

    Rest easy now. You’re the bestest and the bravest. Love you x

  6. Shantina Byrd, Retired MSgt 121ARW says:

    My Dearest Sister Soldier Friend, it is with a very heavy heart that I salute you farewell. I bare witness to the beautiful sentiments in your Eulogy; we worked alongside each other for years as Recruiting Office Supervisors “She loved her country, serving it well and always went above and beyond her duties” yes you were an easy person to love.
    I pray that our condolences bring comfort to your family and help ease the pain. The Lord doesn’t make mistakes so spread your wings and hold down the fort until I see you again!

  7. Leslie Miller says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear about Charlotte’s passing. She was a beautiful soul and will be greatly missed.

    Keeping your family in prayer,
    Leslie Miller

  8. Nick Hunter says:

    Charlotte was a very kind soul with a gentle spirit. Prayers for her family. She will be missed.

  9. Bill Persinger says:

    Dawn and I send our condolences. So sorry for such a loss of a beautiful soul.
    God bless and you and Chloe are in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Hazel McDonaldd says:

    So very very sorry in the loss of your daughter and friend she reminds me of my own precious daughter whom I lost to this horrible cancer when she was a young mother and wife and my best friend may you find some comfort when you look at her daughter and know she was loved by So many Jen words are so hard to find at a time like this seems so unfair will keep you in pray stay strong . Hazel

  11. Lisa Ross says:

    My family and I are so sorry for your loss. We are all so heartbroken. Charlotte was a wonderful person and we will never forget her. I’m so glad I got to know her and call her my friend. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  12. Laura Harrison says:

    Paul and I will always remember Charlotte’s amazing smile and her heart of gold. She was such a presence, and chose to always see good in people, even if they showed little of it. Our hearts ache for her family and special friends.

  13. Brian Wear says:

    My most heartfelt condolences to all family and close friends of Charlotte. She was a hero for all and such an amazing person to know and be friends with. May we always remember that wonderful smile and kind laughter and never forget her big heart. Rest In Peace Charlotte…

  14. Carolyn Apland says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Charlotte put a good fight. She had a smile that greeted all and so positive. We will miss her.

  15. Gary & Wanda Seegraves says:

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. Charlette touched our lives so much with her personality and positive outlook on life. May your memories help you through the days ahead. Know you all are in our prayers.

  16. Dianne Larson Scherbart says:

    Mark and Jennifer, all of us in the “Larson Clan” send our deepest condolence! Dan wrote to Jim and he let all of us know about your loss! Just know your thought of, as well as wrapped in our prayers as we grieve with you in this loss. God be with you, as you travel the tomorrows without her!

  17. Becky Donnelly says:

    John, Im so sorry. Had no idea your family was going through this. Prayers for all.

  18. Claire says:

    Rest easy darling Charlotte, heaven has just gained a beautiful angel.
    I shall look for you in rainbows.
    You shall always be remembered.
    With love and light
    Claire xxx❤

  19. Jane Leonard says:

    I knew this sweet girl because of my daughter. Laughter, giggles and a huge smile are what I remember. The world will miss your brightness but now you will be a star in the sky. I asked our Lord to through a huge party for you because you deserved it. Even heaven will be brighter when you arrive. Rest in peace dear one.

  20. Barbara Jenkins says:

    My condolences to family and friends.
    Teachers ate not supposed to have favorites but I did. Charlotte was such a bubbly and sweet young lady. I see she still has that smile! The world is a little dimmer without such an awesome young lady.

  21. Deb Tully says:

    So very sorry to hear the news of Charlotte’s passing. My sincerest condolences to the entire family.

  22. Suzan Dunn says:

    I have known Charlotte since she was 7 years old. She always volunteered to help with everything I requested (girl scouts) she enjoyed doing crafts and loved to play games when she was younger. Her smile was amazing and she was always nice and polite to everyone. My condolences to her family, she was a beautiful person and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

  23. SMS George Plasencio says:

    John, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful wife. I met Charlotte when i became a recruiter in 2003. We shared many good times together as a recruiting team. Charlotte was a beautiful person and will be missed dearly. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  24. Kat Rezac says:

    John, Delani and family

    I am so very sorry! Charlotte was a great mom and stepmom to my kids Tiernei and Delani Ortiz! For the longest time during the summers and several years ago fulltime with Delani! She was an awesome influence on my girls and loved and cared for them as her own. I will be forever grateful to Charlotte! John, Delani and family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers everyday! I will continue to pray and I will be here if you need anything! Much love!

  25. Fred chance says:

    John I am in shock at the passing of Charlotte. I thought so much of you guys as professionals and just good people. She always had a smile and a laugh to share. God bless you and your family and I will say a prayer for you tonight at bible study and put you on our prayer list Sunday. I spoke with rick Toby today and asked that give you my personal condolences.
    Fred Chance

  26. Craig foster says:

    My dear condolences to the apland family rip charlotte

  27. Rachelle Newson says:

    Chief – I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will be praying for you and your family to find strength and peace through Our Savior and each other. Grieving is the process God uses to bring us to a place of wholeness. Grieving is His great gift to us. It is a necessary part of our journey. Healing. Seek comfort in Him as you grieve.

    Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

    If you need anything, I am a shout away.

    Your Friend,
    MSgt Rachelle Newson

  28. Jan Runyon says:

    So very sorry to hear the news of Charlotte’s passing. My sincerest condolences to the entire family.

  29. Dave Brucker says:

    To family, friends and co-workers of MSgt Charlotte Ortiz my condolences. I knew and worked with her in the Ohio Air National Guard for many years. She was always professional and her work/presence/smile and assistance was always appreciated. She worked and enlisted many recruits for Ohio ANG which I was the benifactor. Rest in peace Charlotte. I salute you, your family and friends.

  30. June Taylor says:

    John, Chloe, Jenni, Delani, Tiernei and other loved ones, my heart is breaking and I will be praying for all of you. Such a loss! Charlotte always lite up a room with that beautiful smile of hers and I know she will be missed by all who knew her and were touched by her love and kindness.

  31. Chip Thormin says:

    To Charlottes family & friends. My heartfelt condolences to you all. Charlotte touched many so many souls around the country. She will truly be missed. Her wit, her humor and her integrity made her such a great person and a passionate recruiter. We met via my working Flying Training at the ANGRC. Charlotte was that person on the phone asking so many great questions. She always wanted to be able to make her officer recruits accessions as smooth as possible. Her enthusiasm was contagious. She really loved her job. To me, Charlotte was a beautiful person and I consider it a blessing to have crossed paths with her on this journey. My thoughts and prayers to all. God Bless.

  32. Jackie Cox says:

    I met Charlotte just a couple of years ago when Chloe joined the same Girl Scout troop my granddaughter did. As an assistant leader, I was at almost every meeting – as was Charlotte. She always jumped in to help in any way she could – always with such a warm smile, great sense of humor and common sense. She & Chloe were such assets to our team – they seemed to have as much fun with us as we did with them and we’ve missed that ! It will certainly be hard to live up to Charlotte’s example of such a wonderful, caring human being. As always, our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  33. Amy Powers says:

    My very first friend growing up I will miss you my prayers for John and the family wish I could have made it to the funeral lots of love Amy

  34. Kenny Boyd says:


    So sorry to hear about the passing of Charlotte. She will be sadly missed, she was a wonderful person. I will say a prayer for you and your Beautiful daughter Chloe.

  35. Rebecca Harper says:

    John, I am so so sorry for your loss. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you.

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