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Clara Irene Herman

Clara Irene Herman, 93, died Dec. 2, 2016, at the Solon Nursing Care Center in Solon. She was born May 12, 1923, near Harper, Iowa, to Walter Frank and Marguerite Agnes (Ollinger) Smith. She graduated from Sigourney High School in 1941. She taught at Stoney Point and Garibaldi #14 which were one room country schools in Keokuk County. On Aug. 28, 1945, she married John Omer Herman at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sigourney. Together they lived and farmed near Harper and Sigourney. Clara loved to cook and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. In 1983, they moved to Sigourney. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Farm Bureau ladies.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Omer on Feb. 19, 1997, granddaughter Megan Herman, four brothers Donald, Eugene, John and Albert Smith, and one sister Mary Therese Mulligan.
She is survived by her children Peggy (Dennis) Lynk of Marshalltown, Linda Herman of North Richland Hills, Texas, Susan Marburg of Polk City, John ( Mitzi) Herman of Paola, Kansas, Tony (Cindy) Herman of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Christine (Gene) Lawson of Solon, 21 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one brother, Terry Smith of Cedar Rapids.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with burial at Pleasant Grove/St. Mary Cemetery, Sigourney. A prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday with visitation to follow until 7 p.m. at the Holm Funeral Home. A memorial fund has been established. Arrangements by Holm Funeral Home, Sigourney.