Clara Hergenrider, age 72, of Belfry, Montana passed away September 10, 2013, at home with hospice care.
Clara was born February 12, 1941 in Glasgow, Montana, to Carl and Helen. She married Rudy Hergenrider in July of 1996, in Belfry, Montana. She lived the majority of her years in Fairfield, Iowa, and lived in Belfry for the last 16 years.
Clara worked for Family Planning Clinic for 20 years in Fairfield and surrounding counties. While working full time, Clara attended Buena Vista College to receive a bachelors of arts degree in Social Work. Clara was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene of Fairfield and the Lutheran Church of Belfry; she loved to teach Sunday School and work with the elderly. Clara spent many hours with family and friends. Clara was Montana born but enjoyed living the last years of her life collecting rocks and planting flowers in the Montana countryside. Clara also enjoyed becoming a rancher’s wife by helping build fences, moving the cows and other odd jobs to make the farm run.
Clara is survived by her husband, Rudy Hergenrider; three children, John Harper of Fairfield, Iowa, Bonita (Bill) Sporer of Lansing, Michigan and David (Crista) Harper of Packwood, Iowa; 3 step-children, Lynette (Richard) Rudio of Billings, Montana, Leslie Hergenrider of Billings, Montana and Joy Lynn (Jack) Walker of Spokane, Washington; 1 brother, Bob (Norma) Carlson of Spencer, Iowa; and 1 grandchild, Jade Harper.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents, 1 step-son, Allan Hergenrider and 1 grandchild, Ezekiel Harper.
Per her wishes her body was cremated and a memorial service will be held at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bridger on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Close friends and family will have a graveside service in Fairfield, Iowa at 10:30 a.m. on September 21 at Fairfield Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to First Church of the Nazarene. Cards and memorials can be sent to Dave Harper, 1082 Cedar Avenue, Packwood, Iowa 52580.
Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com.
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