Clara Ethel Diede, 1917-2016
Clara Ethel Diede, 98, passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, February 26, 2016 at House of the Dove, Marshfield, WI. She was born March 18, 1917 in Mercer, North Dakota to Jens Christian and Dena Saratina “Sarah” (Christensen) Bille.
Clara grew up in the Mercer, North Dakota area and attended Sprout School and Mercer High School having to leave high school to help care for family at the death of her mother. One of her greatest joys was working as a nurse’s aide at the Frederic Hospital in Frederic, WI caring for patients for over 20 years. Former patients would recognize her on the street and thank her for her good care. She also worked at the Pioneer Home in Luck, WI. Another of her joys was singing the old hymns with another staff person to the delight of the residents at the home.
Clara married William “Bill” Diede in 1938 in Washburn, North Dakota. They were blessed with three children, two of whom they have been reunited with. She farmed with Bill in North Dakota and again at Luck, WI moving there in 1952. She knew how to make do with what they had. Clara’s least favorite thing to do was driving the tractor and left that job to the children as they grew older. Bill and Clara moved to Marshfield in 1999 and lived at Cedar Rail Apartments to be closer to their daughter, due to Bill’s declining health. She enjoyed the activities at the apartment complex especially enjoying the times when the school children would come and read to them. Bill and Clara were happily married for 66 years at the time of Bill’s death in 2004.
Clara gave her heart to Jesus as a young woman under the preaching of an evangelist in her Lutheran Church. Later after moving to Wisconsin she became a member of the Luck Assembly of God Church. She served as a Sunday school teacher and was the treasurer for the Sunday school. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21. After moving to Marshfield she attended Zion United Methodist Church. Her choice was to serve the Lord all the days of her life. She was a woman with a true servant’s spirit.
Clara was the consummate homemaker and loved her family. Babysitting for her grandchildren and great-grandchild, and nieces and nephews as well, also gave her joy. She loved to bake, garden, put up canned goods and delighted her family and friends with delicious sweet breads, a cabbage dish along with delicious meals. She loved to read and finished over 50 books over one of the winters she was in Marshfield. She was an avid letter writer and could write more on a post card than most can write in a letter. She had a cute sense of humor, and could come up with some very funny lines. Family would often ask… “Clara, or mom, what year did… or when did…” She invariably would find the answer in one of her many diaries she had been keeping faithfully since before 1938. She was truly the family historian.
Clara was preceded in death by her husband, William; children, Donald and Clinton; parents, Jens and Sarah Bille; sisters, Florence Bille and Agnes Ockert; and brother, Vernon Bille.
Clara is lovingly remembered and survived by her daughter, Midge (Wallace) Anderson; granddaughter, Kristen (Robert) Autobee of Lakewood, Colorado; grandson, Kory (Shelley) Anderson of Oshkosh, WI; great-grandsons, Aaron Anderson of Kalamazoo, MI and Jesse Kintopf, of Oshkosh, WI; step-grandsons, Jakob and Jonah Kintopf, of Oshkosh, WI; brother, Paul (Joyce) Bille, of Luck, WI; nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral service for Clara was held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Crosswalk Community Church in Frederic, WI with Rev. Greg Lund and Rev. Mike Carlson officiating. Burial followed at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, Luck, WI. Memorial donations can be made to House of the Dove, Marshfield, Zion United Methodist Church, Marshfield or Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, P.O. Box 5007, Minot, ND 58702. (Clara faithfully supported the ranch for more than 30 years.)
The family of Clara Diede wishes to thank Touch of Home3 and House of the Dove for their care.
We want to remind you of this verse, “Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” I Thessalonians 4:13-14) NIV
You are invited to sign an online guestbook at www.rowefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444.