Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at New Hope Lutheran Church, Upham, for Clara Wilhelmina Werle, 86, who died Thursday, April 9 at Trinity Medical Center in Minot.
Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Bantry, in the spring.
Clara was born March 16, 1923 in Bottineau, the daughter of Charles and Perlinda (Rice) Hussey. She was raised in the home of her parents, first in Upham, for a short time in Montana, and then in rural Maxbass, where she attended country school. She attended three years of high school in Russell and graduated from high school in Upham. After completing her schooling she worked as a housekeeper for a family in Bottineau. On Oct. 24, 1941 she married Irving George Werle in Rugby. The couple purchased a farm south of Upham, where they farmed and ranched together. Irving died May 3, 1999. Clara remained on the farm until the time of her death. She had worked at the Towner Nursery since the early 1970s.
She was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church and its WELCA and Senior Citizens.
She is survived by daughters, Marilyn Natwick and Marlene Petersen, both of Upham, and Marcella Rowland, Seneca, S.C.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Lloyd Hussey, Upham; four sisters, Beulah Herman, Upham, Myrtle Werle, Seattle, Florence Wilson, Grants Pass, Ore., and Lucille Sutter, San Francisco.
She was preceded in death by her husband; four sisters, Rose Wallen, Muriel Burlog, Harriet Shafer and Laura Herman; her step-father, John Jacobson; and her parents.
Organist for the service as Mandy Hall, and soloist was Tom Christianson.
Casketbearers were nephew, Milton Goodman; grandsons, Jeremy and Merlin Petersen, Richard Natwick, Shawn and Robby Rowland; and great-grandsons, Levi and Erick Petersen. Honorary bearers were all friends and family.
Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, Towner.