Oct. 19, 1927 -- April 28, 2017 Charlotte Patera was preceded in death by her ex-husband and domestic partner, Charles Patera. She leaves 12 nieces and nephews throughout the Midwest and San Diego, Calif. Charlotte grew up in Springfield, Ohio. She worked at Wright-Patterson AFT. She attended Wittenberg College in Springfield as an art major and graduated from the Central Academy of Commercial Art in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1951. She worked in Detroit, Mich., Chicago, Ill., and San Francisco, Calif., as a graphic designer specializing in package design. She worked at Dickens, Inc. and Raymond Loewy in Chicago and at Walter Landor Associates in San Francisco. The latter studio occupied a restored ferryboat on San Francisco Bay. Skiing, bicycling, hiking and camping brought Charlotte west in 1957 to be near the Sierra Nevada mountains and the many national parks. In the mid 1960's, she added applique and quilt designer to her career. Her craft ideas for embroidery and applique were published in Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle and other magazines. She later became an author, teacher, lecturer and award-winning exhibitor of art quilts. She became known for her study of the mola applique work of the Kuna Indians of Panama. She had five books published on applique and the mola technique. Charlotte traveled to the San Blas Islands, Panama, six times, staying with a Kuna Indian family to learn about their lifestyle and techniques. Other travels took her to Europe on a bicycle tour and to Greece, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Guatemala and Mexico. She was an avid reader and enthusiastic crostic word puzzle solver. Charlotte married Charles Patera in 1960 and they moved to Mill Valley, and later to San Anselmo, Calif. They both enjoyed active outdoor activities and trips, camping in the summer and skiing in the winter. They divorced in 1978. They had no children. She moved to Novato, Calif., and then she and Charles got back together in 1989 and moved to Grass Valley, Calif., where they remained until 2009 when they moved to Ponte Palmero in Cameron Park, Calif. Charles died of pancreatic cancer in 2013. A mass will be held in honor of Charlotte on May 12 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 3111 Tierra deDios Drive in El Dorado Hills, Calif. My Biographical Charlotte Bramble was born in Detroit, MI. in 1927. She grew up in Springfield, Ohio. After graduating from high school, she worked at Wright-Patterson AFB, saving money for an art education. She attended Wittenburg Collage in Springfield for three semesters.She graduated from the Central Academy of Commercial Art in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1951. She lived in Detroit, MI, Chicago IL and San Francisco, Marin County, Grass Valley, and Cameron Park, California. Her first job after leaving art school was in Detroit as an assistant layout artist for one year. She then worked in Chicago for Dickens, Inc, and Raymond Loewy Assoc. and San Francisco for Landor Assoc. as a graphic designer, specializing in package design. She worked full time in San Francisco for ten years and then free lanced. Landor Associates was located on restored ferry boat, turned into studios and offices, docked at Pier 5 on San Francisco Bay. While living in Chicago, she became interested in outdoor activities. Skiing. bicycling, hiking and camping brought her to the West to be near Sierra Nevada mountains and the national park. She met Charles Patera in 1960 at Squaw Valley Olympics and got married there later that year. In the middle 1960's, she added to her career becoming a needle craft and quilt designer. Her craft ideas for embroidery, applique and needlepoint were published in magazines such as Better Homes & Garden and Family Circle from 1968 to 1975. She designed embroidery kits for Paragon and Bucilla. She later became an author, Teacher, lecturer and an award winning exhibitor of art quilts. She had five books published on applique and became known for her study of the intricate mola applique work of the kuna Indians of Panama. She traveled to the San Blas Islands, staying with an Indian family to learn about thier lifestyle and techniques. She and Charles lived in Mill Valley and San Anselmo. Charles also enjoyed the outdoors. They divorced in 1978 and she moved to Novato, CA. In 1989 she and Charles got back together and moved to Grass Valley, CA where they remained until 2009, when they moved to Ponte Palmero in Cameron Park. Charles died of pancreatic cancer in 2013.