Clara (Krenzel) Jaeger, the daughter of Charles and Christina (Heisler) Krenzel was born in the home of her parents in rural Orrin, North Dakota on December 12, 1915. She died at the age of 96 years on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice in Chaska, Minnesota.
Clara was raised in the home of her parents in rural Orrin and received her education in a nearby country school, graduating the eighth grade with high honors. Coming from a family of 13 children, Clara was not able to continue her formal education and stayed at home helping with her siblings and with the farm chores. On October 28, 1941, she was united in marriage to Louis Vincent Jaeger at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Orrin. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in rural Barton, North Dakota where they began their family and farmed. Eventually, the couple moved into Rugby, but continued to farm the Barton land until retiring. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, Clara deeply enjoyed her family, friends and was strong in her faith and church activities. She had many hobbies including playing cards, reading, flower and vegetable gardening, and crocheting.
She is survived by three daughters, Brenda Jaeger-Das of San Diego, California, Beverly (Dale) Miller of Tonka Bay, Minnesota and Janice Jaeger of Eugene, Oregon; three grandchildren, Gabrielle (Phil) Massie of Port Orchard, Washington and Alex and Luke Miller of Tonka Bay, Minnesota; two great grandchildren, Sophia and Alex Massie; three sisters, Felicitas Schneibel of Littleton, Colorado, Philomena Parks of Rocklin, California and Bertha Willes of San Marcos, California; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband; two children, Donovan and Marlene Jaeger; a grandson, Justin Guthrie; six brothers, Ivo, Bernard, Rudy, Emil, Isidore and Pius Krenzel; three sisters, Lydia, Rose & Mary Krenzel; a son-in-law, Neal Das; and her parents.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 3rd at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with burial in the church cemetery. Fr. Daniel Mrnarevic, Celebrant. Fr. Tom Graner, Concelebrant.
Visitation: was from 4:00 7:00 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby. There will be no reviewal in the church on Tuesday
Rosary & vigil prayers will begin at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home
Organist: Glenda Mack
Vocal Leader/Cantor: Galen Mack
Casket Bearers: Kenneth Mattern, Claytus Mattern, Alex & Luke Miller, Vicky Harmel & Marge Heilman
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby