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Emma Irene Claus

November 25, 1919 May 7, 2017
Emma Irene  Claus
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Obituary for Emma Irene Claus

Emma Irene Claus, 97, of Whiting, Iowa, formerly of Rodney and Hornick, Iowa passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the Pleasant View Care Center of Whiting, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the Smithland United Methodist Church of Smithland, Iowa. Pastor Karen Handke and Anthony Bainbridge will officiate; Committal Services will follow in the Little Sioux Township Cemetery of Smithland, Iowa. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Smithland United Methodist Church of Smithland, Iowa. The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online www.armstrongfuneral.com

Emma Irene (Kroeger) Claus, the daughter of George and Grace (Luce) Kroeger was born in Anthon, Iowa, on November 25, 1919. At a young age, Emma moved near Smithland, Iowa, where she attended country school and graduated from Smithland High School with the class of 1937.
On February 22, 1939, Emma was united in marriage to Paul Claus in rural Smithland. The couple made their homes near Smithland, Climbing Hill and a farm near Holly Springs. After being on the farm they moved to Sioux City, Iowa, for ten years, before retiring and settling down in Hornick, Iowa.
Emma and Paul were blessed with five children, Ronald, Dennis, Linda, Garnet, and Kurt. Emma enjoyed gardening, tending to her flowers, crocheting, cross stitch on plastic canvas and putting together puzzles.
A faithful Christian, Emma belonged to the Baptist Church when she lived in Climbing Hill and lent her time as a Sunday school teacher. When they moved to Hornick, Iowa she joined the United Methodist Church and enjoyed attending Bible Study. She was also a member of the Hindman-Steele American Legion Auxiliary.
Emma was preceded in death by her parents, George and Grace Kroeger; husband Paul Claus; son Ronald Claus; sisters Alice (Paul) Maynard, Darlene (Vaughn) Bloyer, Georgene (Nick) Carstensen and infant sister Bonnie.
Left to cherish her memory are her children Dennis (Carol) Claus of Rodney, Iowa, Linda (Les) Douglas of Moville, Iowa, Garnet (Al) Palmer of Grain Valley, Missouri, Kurt Claus of Tennessee; daughter-in-law Dorothy Claus of Belton, Missouri; seventeen grandchildren and many great- grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; siblings Shirley Riggle of Colorado, and Raymond Kroeger of Oregon; extended family and friends.

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Visitation

Wednesday

10

May

12:00 PM 5/10/2017 12:00:00 PM - 1:00 PM 5/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
United Methodist Church ~ Smithland

Washington Street
Smithland, IA 51056

United Methodist Church ~ Smithland
Washington Street Smithland 51056 IA
United States

Service

Wednesday

10

May

1:00 PM 5/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
United Methodist Church ~ Smithland

Washington Street
Smithland, IA 51056

United Methodist Church ~ Smithland
Washington Street Smithland 51056 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Little Sioux Township Cemetery Final Resting Place

Smithland, IA 51056

Smithland 51056 IA
United States
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