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Clara Johnson 1913-2010

Apr 29, 2010

CORALVILLE — Clara R. Johnson, 97 longtime resident of Coralville, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at the Lantern Park Care & Rehab Center in Coralville.

Funeral services were  Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Coralville United Methodist Church.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at the Rush Lake Cemetery near Curlew.

Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Clara Rebecca Johnson was born on a farm on Jan. 6, 1913, near Curlew, the daughter of Jonas and Anna (Breeton) Johnson. She attended and graduated from Rush Lake Township High School near Mallard and graduated Mallard High School in 1931. After graduation, she went to Chicago and held various jobs including working at the defense plant during the war.

Later, she moved back to Curlew and worked at the Mallard School in the lunchroom. She took courses in home decorating and did very well with it. Clara moved to Coralville in 1963, where for many years worked as a nursing assistant at the Oakdale Hospital. She always liked gardening and baking. Her flowers and yard were her pride and joy. She was a longtime member of the Coralville United Methodist Church.

Her family includes two sisters, Helen Bringleson of Laurens, and Esther Smith (Raymond) of Emmetsburg; nieces and nephews, R. Brian Smith, Samuel Smith, Daniel Lenard, Mariah Bringleson, Peggy Egertson, Frank Bringleson, Carol Vosburg, Charles Smith, Meghan Smith, Andrew Smith, Katelynn Smith, Lauren Smith, Michelle Podfield and Kevin Smith; several grand nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Laura Lenard, Helen Johnson; brothers, John Johnson, Arthur Johnson, Harold Johnson and a nephew, Harlan Smith.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Clara’s family and her services.