Mandan News

Obituaries – November 19-25, 2011

Clara Huber

Clara Huber, 64, Mandan, passed away Nov. 7, 2011, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Chad Gion as celebrant.

Clara Eva was born April 17, 1947, to John and Magdalena (Baumgartner) Schwab, the youngest of 10 children. She was raised in Strasburg, graduating from St. Benedict’s High School in 1965 and was active in high school as a cheerleader and was named Homecoming Queen. After graduation, Clara went to work for Quain and Ramstad Clinic in Bismarck, and later for Control Data in Minneapolis. Clara married Jim Huber on July 1, 1967, in Strasburg. To this union two daughters were born, ShaRee (1968) and Shannon (1969). In 1969, as career opportunities occurred in Jim’s work, they moved to Minneapolis then to Loves Park, Ill. In 1978 they returned to North Dakota making their home in Mandan, where she resided until her passing.

Clara was a loving and caring soul who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She liked keeping herself busy with a large vegetable garden, embroidering, crossword puzzles, playing cards or cutting quilt squares. She had a sharp sense of wit and could tell a good joke. Clara lovingly shared her inspiration and talent, touching many people with her kindness and generosity. She was a quilter’s dream. Countless quilt squares were meticulously cut and inventoried for many grateful quilters. A treasured gift from Clara was often a set of her hand embroidered dishtowels and bed linens. Each stitch carefully executed, each color chosen with consideration to every detail. Clara created heartfelt works of art, for which many recipients will have to remember her by.

As an avid gardener, Clara canned vegetables each year. Gardening grew into a competitive sport for Jim and Clara, each tending to their respective gardens to see whose would yield the biggest and best produce. The garden proved to be the common denominator, bringing Jim and Clara closer together. She was devoted to her family, especially her five grandchildren. Throughout her battle with cancer, Clara never complained, maintaining a positive attitude and unwillingness to give up. We are blessed and grateful for her unconditional love. We may not have said it often enough, but we are thankful for all of your love and all you have done for us. Thank you for loving your family so much.

Those left to cherish Clara’s memory include her husband of 44 years, Jim; her daughters and son-in-law, ShaRee (Sharky) Hansen, Atlanta, Ga., and Shannon Huber and friend, Scott Bullinger, Mandan; five grandchildren, Jordan, Brandi, Johnathan, Grace and Matthew; one brother, Larry (Evelyn) Schwab, Strasburg; four sisters, Florence Klein, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Irene Lipp, Milwaukee, Wis., LaVerne (Jim) Feist, Beloit, Wis., and Antonia Baumgartner, Oak Creek, Wis.; seven sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, JoAnne (Leon) Gunia, New Hope, Minn., Don (Rena) Huber, Tremont, Ill., Maureen (Dick) Jacobson, Osakis, Minn., Imogene Schwab, Strasburg, Adeline Schwab, Bismarck, Carol Huber, Strasburg, Edna Schwab, Strasburg and Pat Huber, Linton; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Magdalena Schwab; brothers, Joseph, Clarence, John, and James Schwab; father-in-law and mother-in-law Jacob and Alvina Huber; brothers-in-law, Kenny Huber, Jerry Huber, Lee Baumgartner and James Lipp; Clara’s goddaughter, Marcia (Gunia) Ochenbauer, her niece, Cheryl Baumgartner; and her nephew, Darin Baumgartner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or to the donors’ choice.

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