Clara A. Voss, of Ogilvie, passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at GracePointe Crossing West Gables of Cambridge. She was 94 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Ogilvie United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Pesola officiating.
VISITATION will be held from 5- 8 pm on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.
INURNMENT will be held at the Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie.
Clara Anna Voss, of Ogilvie, passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at GracePointe Crossing West Gables in Cambridge. She was 94 years old.
Clara was born in rural Iowa, one of nine children born to Charles Schultz. Charles had two children with his first wife, who then died. He later wed Emelia, having seven children with her before she died when Clara was only six. Learning to cook at an early age led Clara to jobs cooking for others later in her life. Feeding a threshing crew is how she met Vern Voss. They were wed on October 3, 1938 in Northwood, Iowa.
Good jobs were scarce causing Vern and Clara to move frequently and when Vern farmed, there were often greener pastures elsewhere. Luckily there were few possessions to tote along. They wound up in Kanabec County in the early 1950’s and stayed there for the rest of their lives. Clara had eight children. About 100 nieces and nephews of similar ages were often at her house at some point. Her anecdotes and tales of her kids and in-laws could fill several large books. She also babysat many people’s children over the years. Family was the first, last, and everything to Clara. Trips to relatives or to her kids homes were frequent. Most conversations were about matters affecting her kids or relatives. Of course one had to have cookies, cake, pie, or rolls. Christmas time was for lefsa, rosettes and homemade ice cream. Cooking was a passion she shared with her longtime church, Ogilvie United Methodist. Being part of many, many bake sales, women’s auxiliary and so forth. Her faith gave her much comfort throughout the years. Clara volunteered at the Villa cutting hair and giving shaves for many years. She brought 40 years of experience of giving her kids and other relatives’ haircuts.
After her children left home, Clara got her driver’s license at age 60 to be able to continue her volunteer duties and visit family and friends–staying active until she was 87 years old. At that time Clara moved to St. Clare’s Assisted Living in Mora. Her last six weeks were spent at GracePointe Crossing West in Cambridge. Her phenomenal memory stayed with her to her last day.
Clara will be met by her parents, Charles and Emelia; sisters, Wilma and Evelyn; brothers, Floyd, Carl, Bud, and Carroll; her husband Vern; son Clifford; and great granddaughter Amber; along with many sisters and brothers-in-law; nieces, nephews, and friends.
Clara is survived by her sons, Henry (Carolyn), Ray (Pat), Bill (Sharon), Larry (Eileen), Dennis (Rose); Jerry (Peggy); daughter, Judy (Steve) Taylor; 20 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, and 13 great great grandchildren; and scores of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Ogilvie United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Pesola. Visitation will be held from 5- 8 pm on Wednesday, September 10th at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora. A Memorial Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be held at the Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.