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Clara Jacobsen Ahrenstorff
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Birth: Apr. 16, 1906
Crawford County
Iowa, USA
Death: Oct. 21, 2005
Lake Park
Dickinson County
Iowa, USA

Obituary: Funeral services for Clara Ahrenstorff, 99, of Lake Park were held Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Lake Park with Rev. Jeff Bauer officiating.

Clara Ahrenstorff, the daughter of John and Hannah (Christiansen) Jacobsen, was born on April 16, 1906 in Denison, IA. Clara moved with her parents and younger siblings when she was six years old, by train, to Spirit Lake and then to their farm in Sioux Valley, Minnesota. The Jacobsen's first home was moved to and still is in Lake Park.

Clara started school at the Jacobsen Country School in Sioux Valley. In 1919 at the age of twelve, she attended the new Sioux Valley School through the tenth grade, at that time she was needed at home to help care for her younger siblings. Clara was confirmed in 1922 in the first confirmation class of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sioux Valley. She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Lake Park.

On Feb. 17, 1926 Clara and Gilbert Ahrenstorff were married in Spirit Lake, and started their life together in Sioux Valley on the farm across the road from what used to be the Sioux Valley Creamery. Lorraine, Wayne and Glen were born on this farm.

In 1935 Clara and Gilbert purchased a farm northeast of Lake Park, which became known as the home place for the four children, Lorraine, Wayne, Glen and Phyllis. It was here she shared the love and pride of raising their prized Polled Hereford Cattle.

In 1959 Clara and Gilbert moved to their newly built home in Lake Park, but they also wanted to try out some South Dakota land too. In 1958 they bought and moved to the Bar X Ranch at Clear Lake, SD. Then they purchased a farm at Gary, SD and lived there from 1970 1980. Then they moved back to Lake Park.

Clara, suffering from Muscular Degeneration, decided to enter the Lake Park Care Center in February of 2000.

On February 21, 2001 Clara and Gilbert celebrated their seventy-five years of marriage. Gilbert passed away April 18, 2001, a month shy of his 99th birthday.

Clara had a love of nature, a large vegetable garden and lots of flowers. She also had a special interest in feeding and watching the different kinds of birds. She could also give you the scoop of the Minnesota Twins, especially enjoyed Kirby Puckett, listening to them on the radio.

Clara's greatest passion was music. Without lessons or reading music, she was a wonderful piano player, accompanying her children in their musical endeavors, solos, saxophone quartet and whistling. She even taught herself to play the Hawaiian guitar.

Clara enjoyed the company of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Clara was a member of the Sioux Valley Cemetery Society, Sioux Valley Garden Club, Dickinson County Extension Club, and for many years was a 4-H leader.

Clara passed away at the Lake Park Care Center on October 21, 2005 at ninety-nine years of age.

She is survived by her daughters, Lorraine (Ralph) Perkins of Clear Lake, SD, Phyllis (Samuel) Rodrigues of Salinas, CA; son, Wayne (Pauline) Ahrenstorff of Seaside, CA; daughter-in-law, Norma Ahrenstorff of Worthington, MN; sister-in-laws, Evelyn Hemmingson and Helen Bahn; sixteen grandchildren and 6 step-grandchildren, fifty-two great-grandchildren; twenty great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 2001; a son, Glen; brothers, Fred, Martin, John, Edward and Marvin; sisters, Josie Fick, Minnie Schuett, and Hertha Hale; two grandsons and two great-grandchildren.

Turner Funeral Home of Lake Park was in charge of arrangements.
Family links: 
  John Fredrick Jacobsen (1867 - 1945)
  Hanna Christina Christiansen Jacobsen (1877 - 1958)
  Gilbert Ahrenstorff (1902 - 2001)*
  Martin J Jacobsen (1900 - 1919)*
  Edward C Jacobsen (1902 - 1991)*
  John William Jacobsen (1904 - 1984)*
  Clara Jacobsen Ahrenstorff (1906 - 2005)
  Josie Jacobsen Fick (1908 - 1992)*
  E. Minnie Jacobsen Schuett (1911 - 1996)*
  Hertha Justina Jacobsen Hale (1915 - 1968)*
*Calculated relationship
Silver Lake Cemetery
Lake Park
Dickinson County
Iowa, USA
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Record added: Jun 25, 2007
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Clara <i>Jacobsen</i> Ahrenstorff
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Clara <i>Jacobsen</i> Ahrenstorff
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