|Birth: ||May 13, 1902|
|Death: ||Jun. 23, 2007|
Edna May Juel Klaassen, 105, previously of 2605 South Shore Drive, Clear Lake, died Saturday June 23rd at the Oakwood Care Facility where she has resided for the previous two years.
Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m.Tuesday at the Ward-Van-Slyke Funeral Home in Clear Lake Ia with Lay Leader Jan Tjaden officiating. Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery, Forest City.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service and memorials directed to the Edna J. Klaassen Memorial Fund.
Edna May Juel Klaassen was born May 13, 1902 in Thompson, Iowa, the daughter of James Peter and Clara Johnson Juel of Forest City. She was raised on the home farm in Forest City with her three sisters and two brothers where the Forest City Memorial Hospital is located today. She attended Forest City country schools and later to teachers college in Cedar Falls to start the first love of her life "teaching". She taught in various different rural schools in central Iowa. There are many who will always be blessed in having her for a teacher and this continued throughout her lifetime.
July 12th of 1927 she and the other "love of her life" George J. Klaassen were united in marriage at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa and resided together on their farm in Thompson, Ia.
The couple soon moved to follow Edna's teaching career to Clear Lake and became part of Clear Lake's development history. She and George owned and operated Klaassen's Cabana Resort on South Shore Drive for 12 years.
During her amazing 105 years she and her husband took every opportunity to give to others. Thirty-five years ago they were founders of the Clear Lake Beautification Program involving flower beds and tree planting which continue on today. They continued on with this thru the Kinney-Lindstrom Foundation. Edna finally turned over the responsibilities at the age of 98.
In 1969 they founded the Rosebud Sioux Indian Mission in South Dakota and each year journeyed there with food and hospital supplies. Their support helped to provide scholarships and educational opportunities for the Indians. Edna made her last trip at 100 years of age and the help of many and the companionship if Barb Dwyer.
For 43 years she was a part of the American Cancer Society and every fund raiser that was held. She had a notorious knack for salesmanship as all will vividly recall.
In 1989 she was installed into the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame by Gov. Branstad.
Edna received her masters in teaching degree in the early nineties by the University of Northern Iowa.
She was a long time member of the Clear Lake Lioness Club and she and George both were deeply involved with the International Lions Club which took them to many many places on the globe. She always brought something cultural back to "teach" all who would listen about her great travels and adventures. They received the International President's Award in 1979-80.
For some 25 years she served with her husband as a Commodore for the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce welcoming new business and congratulating others on business achievements. In 1984 the Klaassens were selected by the Chamber to serve as Grand Marshall's for the Fourth of July parade.
The Klaassens were also past recipients of the Harmony of Living Award presented by the River City Barber Ship Chorus annually to Iowans serving others. They dedicated their lives to the betterment of others and will always be remembered for their gracious volunteering and "salesmanship" of tickets and baked goods.
She was a long time member of the Clear Lake Congregational Church and had a great faith in God.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Alice Edminster, Tucson AZ, Mabel Francis Clear Lake, IA, and Ruth Kramer, Garner, IA. Two brothers Lawrence Juel and Ernest Juel, Maryland.
Edna was the last of her siblings to pass away excluding one brother they lived into their late 80's, early 90's, two sisters making it to 100 years of age.
George John Klaassen (1895 - 1994)*
Created by: Burt
Record added: Jul 11, 2007
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