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Clara (Herbst) Clayton, 91

Clara M. (Herbst) Clayton, age 91, of New Hope, formerly of Glencoe and Waconia, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at the North Ridge Care Center in New Hope.

The funeral service will be Monday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia with the Revs. Roger Dramstad and Daniel Gifford officiating. Interment will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.

There will be a gathering of family and friends an hour prior to the service at the church.

Casket bearers will be Joseph Herbst, Joshua Herbst, Spencer Schneider, William Schneider, Jeremy Wieneke, and Harlan Zander.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia is handling the arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.johnsonfh.com.

Clara was born Aug. 15, 1917, in Middleville Township, Howard Lake, the daughter of Charles H. and Emma H. (Glessing) Haag. She was baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

Clara grew up on a small farm located near Highland. She attended a one-room elementary school one mile north of the farm, and graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1936.

She was united in marriage to William “Bill” Herbst of Waverly Sept. 27, 1938, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Janice and David.

Over the next 10 years, Bill and Clara lived in several small towns in Minnesota and North Dakota, and moved to Waconia in 1952.

For many years, Clara worked as a clerk in various grocery and hardware stores.

She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia.

She and Bill enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and dancing with their many friends and family members.

Bill passed away in 1972, after a brief illness.

Clara then married Harold “Hap” Clayton of Glencoe, Oct. 9, 1977, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia. They made their home in rural Glencoe until Hap passed away in 1996.

At that time, Clara moved to an apartment in New Hope, to be closer to her children and their families. After a bad fall in early 1997, she became a resident at North Ridge Care Center.

In addition to her husbands, Clara was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Spencer Culberson; her father and mother, Charles and Emma Haag; brothers Ervin, Howard, and Willard Haag; and a sister, Alice Sherer.

Clara is survived by her loving family: daughter Janice Culberson of St. Paul; son and daughter-in-law David and Sharon Herbst of Champlin; grandchildren Lori and Bill Schneider, Jon and Tina Wieneke, Susanne and Mark Dickison, Joseph and Amy Herbst, and Katherine and Rev. Daniel Gifford; and 17 great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Bernard Zander of Howard Lake; sisters-in-law Emaline Haag of Alexandria, Eliza Haag of Howard Lake, and Agnes Herbst of Waverly; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.