Clara E. Leinen, 96, of Le Mars, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, at Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars, following a two-month illness.
The former Clara Elizabeth Conzemius was born May 23, 1908, at Armour, S.D., the daughter of Peter and Dorothy (Farke) Conzemius. Clara grew up in Armour and attended school there. She married Raymond Leinen on Aug. 14, 1933 at Armour, S.D.
Clara and Ray lived in Armour and Wagner, S.D., for several years before moving to the Kingsley area to farm in 1943. The couple farmed there until moving to Sibley in 1955. In 1974, they moved to Le Mars. Her husband Ray died July 23, 1986.
Clara had a green thumb and enjoyed taking care of her plants and cooking and baking for her family. Her personality was enjoyed by everyone who met her. She loved spending time with her family, including the grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Survivors include her five children: Joan Moritz, Bob Leinen, and Norma Sparks and her husband Bill, all of Le Mars, Noel Leinen and his wife Jeanne of Norfolk, Neb., and Marlene Krogman of Le Mars; 24 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray; a son, Michael Leinen; five sisters, Rose Gebel, Margaret Gebel, Elma Crabb, Helen Gebel, and Kathryn Bannwarth; and a brother, Tony Conzemius.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery in Sibley. Friends may call anytime after 3 p.m. Sunday at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars, where there will be a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume on Monday morning at the funeral home from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.
Pallbearers will be six grandsons, Terry Moritz, Gary Moritz, Jeff Leinen, Mark Gotto, Jason Gotto, and Tony Krogman. Honorary pallbearers will be three grandsons, David Moritz, Tim Sparks, and Todd Sparks.