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Former Park Rapids resident Claire L. Klarer, 90, of Lake Park, died Monday, May 18, 2009 at Sunnyside Care Center in Lake Park.

Claire Lovisa Jordan was born to Herman and Myrtle (Hinton) Jordan on June 10, 1918 in Fergus Falls. As a small girl, she moved with her family to the Ponsford area, where she attended the Bongo Country School near her home.

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As a young woman Claire ventured to Oregon, where she worked for a time, and married Harry Edward Klarer of Ponsford. The young couple returned to Ponsford, where they engaged themselves in dairy farming and raising six children: Eugene, Judy, Gary, Max, Carol and Jill.

Claire devoted herself to making a loving home for her husband and children. She was a wonderful cook and baker who will be long remembered for her delicious home made breads, potato salads, and her cucumber and tomato salad.

Claire's life was forever changed and saddened by the sudden and unexpected death of her husband in 1969, while her two youngest daughters were still at home. A short time following his death, Claire moved into Park Rapids, where she made her home for many years with her sister Elvira (Sis). In 2005, failing health caused her to become a resident of Sunnyside Care Center in Lake Park.

Claire was a longtime, faithful member of the Faith Baptist Church in Park Rapids. In her quiet times, she enjoyed crocheting and knitting. For many years, Claire enjoyed volunteering at the Senior Citizens Center in Park Rapids. She had a close relationship with her sister, Elvira Dewandler and enjoyed their visits and long walks together. Above all, Claire dedicated her life to her children and grandchildren, whom she loved with all her heart.

Claire will be lovingly remembered by her four surviving children, Judy (George) Cressel of LaQuey, Mo., Max (Karen) Klarer of Ogema, Carol Worrel of Perris, Calif., and Jill (Michael) Barnes of Pequot Lakes, Minn.; 21 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren as well as great great grandchildren; her sister, Elvira Dewandler of Park Rapids; her brother, Benjamin Jordan of Springfield, Ore.; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding Claire in death were her husband, Harry; two sons, Eugene and Gary; one grand-daughter, Sarah, who died in infancy; one grandson, Billy, who died at age 41; two sisters, Elsie and Laura; and two brothers, Chester and Edward.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, May 22 at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Friday at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Russ Paulson officiating. Casket bearers will be Darren Klarer, Damian Dodd, Chaz Dodd, Warren Nickerson, Arley Nickerson, Jeremy Aho and Andy Aho. Following the service a lunch will be held at the Osage Community Center. Interment will be made at the Linnell Cemetery next to her husband.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Jones-Pearson Funeral Home. To leave online condolences please visit the Web site, www.jonespearson.com.

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