Mrs. Clara Scholten, age 104, of Alton, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Clara was born on Feb. 19, 1901, on a farm near Newkirk, the daughter of Herman and Susan (Vander Pol) Van Zandbergen.
On Jan. 22, 1925, she married Gerrit L. Scholten in Alton. They made their home in Alton, where she was a homemaker and also worked at many varied jobs. She was employed in a grocery store, a drive-in, a drapery shop, and in the Alton Public School cafeteria as head cook. In addition, she owned and operated a millinery shop, a café, and her own drapery business. Her husband, "Gary" died April 16, 1973, in Orange City.
In later years, Mrs. Scholten became a resident of the Pioneer Memorial Home in Orange City. She transferred to the Franken Manor in Sioux Center and later to the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
She was an active member of the Alton Presbyterian Church. As an avid basketball and baseball fan, she supported the area schools. She spent many hours on her hobbies of tatting, crocheting, knitting, embroidering, and sewing.
Clara was devoted to her family. She was delighted when people came to visit, either to play cards or just socialize. They usually visited over coffee and tea, served with her delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies or a piece of her renowned lemon meringue pie.
Survivors include her four children and their spouses, Clifford and Anne Scholten, of West Des Moines; Rodney and Colleen Scholten, of Le Mars; Beverly and M. G. Waitt, of Newbury Park, Calif., and Jerry and Audrey Scholten, of Le Mars; 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a great-grandson, six brothers, and two sisters.
A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at the Alton Presbyterian Church with Ron Brink, C. L. P., officiating. Interment was prior to the service at the Nassau Township Cemetery, near Alton. There was a family prayer service at 9:30 a.m. Monday, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. Visitation was after 3 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to either the Alton Presbyterian Church or the Plymouth Manor Care Center, in care of Rodney Scholten, 711 West Valley Drive, Le Mars, Iowa 51031.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at oolman.com.