Clara Edith Greenwaldt, 103, of Le Mars, died Monday, March 8, 2004, at the Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars.
Clara Edith Greenwaldt was born Nov. 1, 1900, two miles west of Neptune in Plymouth County, She was the daughter of Henry L. and Emma (Beck) Ideker. Clara attended country school. At the age of 16, Clara became the organist at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hinton.
On Aug. 21, 1924, Clara and Herbert W. Greenwaldt were united in marriage at Trinity Lutheran Church. The couple made Neptune their home where they owned and operated the general store. They retired in 1963 and moved to Le Mars. Clara moved to Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars on Oct. 13, 1997.
Clara was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she played the organ for 50 years. She was also a charter member of Ladies' Aid. She and Herbert enjoyed playing cards and fishing trips with their many friends.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty Franker and her husband, Grant, of Spirit Lake; a son, Donald and his wife, Nancy, of Mission Viejo, Calif.; six grandchildren, Stephen Franker and his wife, Dianne of Spirit Lake, Ralph Greenwaldt of St. Louis, Mo., Fay Murray and her husband, Greg, of Martinez, Ga., Gail Mossman of St. Cloud, Minn., Jill Rasmussen and her husband, David, of Des Moines, and Dawn Marie Ziemer and her husband, Todd, of Mission Viejo, Calif.; 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Robinson of Lawton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Herbert on Nov. 16, 1992; a nephew, Donald Ideker; a sister, Elsie Casper; and five brothers Arthur, Elmer, Walter, Albert and Louis.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hinton. The Rev. David Kottlowski will officiate. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars with the family present from 5 to 7:30 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.
Pallbearers will be Steve Franker, Har Robinson, Lanny Casper, Ronald Kounkel, David Rasmussen and Reggie Ladenthin.