Charlotte Kania, 76, of Chapel Hill passed away peacefully in her home on January 3, 2016. She was surrounded by her family and friends in her final days. She was born on September 17, 1939 in Queens NY, raised her family in West Babylon, NY and resided in Chapel Hill for the last 27 years.Following receipt of a bachelor's degree from Adelphi University in New York in 1982, Charlotte began a career as a licensed Certified Financial Planner. She recently retired from First Affirmative Financial Network, LLC, a nationwide network of investment professionals specializing in socially and environmentally responsible investing. She was also very active in her church, the Self-Realization Fellowship, which is dedicated to carrying on the spiritual and humanitarian work based on the universal teachings of Kriya Yoga.Charlotte was a devoted Wife and Mother, also a friend to many. She most loved the beach which she visited as much as possible. Charlotte is survived by her loving husband of 53 years William Kania of Chapel Hill and by her devoted sons; William Kania, Jr. and wife, Tami, of Kissimmee FL, and Christopher Kania and wife, Laura of Cary NC; grandchildren, Christopher, Alexandra, Ruby, and Jill.Details of memorial services are not yet final, but will take place in late February 2016 at the SRF Meditation Center in Morrisville.