|Birth: ||Mar. 28, 1909|
|Death: ||Aug. 19, 2011|
PICARD, CLARA LOUISE *LOUISE*--Clara Louise Koehler Picard was born on March 28, 1909, in a white stucco house at 1231 G Street in Geneva, the youngest of four children born to Barthold and Clara Hoover Koehler. Her brothers were John, Ben and George. She passed away at Fairview Manor in Fairmont on Friday, August 19, 2011, at the age of 102.
Her father was a prominent businessman in Geneva and Strang. The A. Koehler Co. dealt primarily in lumber, coal, grain and building and farming supplies.
Louise became a member of the Geneva Congregational Church at the age of 13.
She attended Geneva Public Schools and graduated with the class of 1926. She attended Stevens College in Columbia, Mo., and when her father passed away, she transferred to Hastings College in Hastings.
She was a lifelong Nebraska Cornhusker fan and attended her first game at the age of seven with her brother, John.
In 1928 she married Charles L. Picard, Jr., the son of Charles and Maude Picard. The elder Charles was a partner with his brother Fred in the Picard Pharmacy of Geneva.
Louise and Charles had four sons, William, Charles III, John and Benjamin.
Though Charles and Louise lived in many places throughout their 53 years together, they always considered Geneva their home. Charles, a registered pharmacist, practiced his trade in Crete, Liberty and Omaha prior to retuning to Geneva in 1936. He started the hatchery and turkey farm when he joined Louise’s brothers in the A. Koehler Co.
In 1941, Charles and Louise opened the Thrifty Drug Store, a Walgreen Agency store, in Geneva. The drugstore soda fountain was a popular place for the service men stationed at the Fairmont Army Airfield.
During the 1950’s and early 60’s, Charles and Louise owned motels in Arizona and resorts in Minnesota. They returned to Geneva and purchased the Goldenrod Motel. After selling the Goldenrod, they purchased a motel in Oklahoma. They returned permanently to Geneva in 1972.
Louise was active in PEO, Geneva Woman’s Club, Kensington and the Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship.
She was a valued resource for historical information about the Geneva community and assisted the Geneva Q-125 committee by identifying occupants of various business buildings.
Louise also assisted the Congregational Church with its history and shared her memories of the present church structure built in 1926.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles; brothers, John, Ben and George; infant brother, Barthold and stillborn daughter, Susan; daughters-in-law, Jean Picard and Margaret Picard and grandson, Shannon Picard.
She is survived by her sons, William, Charles III, John, and Benjamin and his wife, Susanna Lee; grandchildren, Robert Picard, Elizabeth Picard, Chris Picard and wife Laura; Mikel Picard and wife Janice; Daniel Picard and Christine; Jennifer Anderson and husband Bradley; Mitchell McKnight and wife Michelle; and April Picard, along with 22 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial service was held August 27 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Geneva with Pastor William Switzer officiating. Nancy Cradduck played the prelude and postlude on the organ and Bill Turek performed “It’s a Wonderful World” and “Young at Heart” on the piano.
The Nebraska Signal September 2011
Barthold Koehler (1865 - 1926)
Clara Elizabeth Hoover Koehler (1870 - 1956)
Charles L. Picard (1909 - 1982)
John Louis Picard (1941 - 2013)*
Susan Picard (1949 - 1949)*
John Hoover Koehler (1897 - 1978)*
Benjamin Gund Koehler (1900 - 1993)*
George Lynn Koehler (1904 - 1984)*
Barthold E. Koehler (1906 - 1906)*
Clara Louise Koehler Picard (1909 - 2011)
Created by: M. Jensen Seggerman
Record added: Jun 27, 2012
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