Clara De Zeeuw

Clara Edith De Zeeuw, 94, Luverne, formerly of Lake Benton, died Friday, June 15, 2018, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.

A funeral service was Sunday, June 17, at the United Methodist Church in Lake Benton. Burial followed at St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery in Lake Benton.

Clara Wussow was born on May 1, 1924, to Karl and Anna (Bodesohn) Wussow on their farm in Pipestone County, near Cazenovia. She was raised on the farm and attended Pipestone County District 68 country school through the eighth grade. In 1940 the family moved to a farm near Holland.

On April 4, 1943, Clara married Stanley De Zeeuw at her parents’ home. The couple made their home on a farm near Ruthton from 1943 to 1954. They then moved their family to a farm near Lake Benton. Along with helping on the farm, Clara raised their six children and took care of the home. In 1989 Clara and Stanley retired and moved to Lake Benton. Stanley died on Aug. 20, 1993, and Clara remained living in their home. In April 2015, she moved to the Poplar Creek living facility in Luverne.

Clara was a member of the United Methodist Church and served as the UMW president for 15 years and secretary for nine years. She sang in the choir, served as the church organist from 2001–2016, and helped with other activities. Clara also volunteered at senior centers and nursing home facilities with music and other activities. She enjoyed sewing, embroidering, quilting, gardening, and music. She enjoyed time with her family.

Clara is survived by her children, Janice Koedam and Dianna (Robert) Tomlinson of Luverne, Gail (Leland) Sudlow of Godfrey, Illinois, and Marlys (Walter) Zimbelman of Fullerton, North Dakota; seven grandchildren, Linda (Bruce) Reisdorfer, Laura (Rodney) Richters, Steven (Christina) Koedam, Travis (Kirsten) Zimbelman, Ryan (Jessica) Sudlow, Rebecca Lenhart, Erin (Samuel) Yoder; 15 great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Rosemary De Zeeuw of Lake Benton; and other friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley; a daughter, Marilyn Burkard; a son, Stanley Jr.; sons-in-law Stanley Koedam and Thomas Burkard; and 10 sisters and five brothers.

Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church in Lake Benton.

Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, www.hartquistfuneral.com.

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