March 6, 2013


Sylvia Jennie Clausen, 99, of Carroll, and formerly of died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 8, at Wheatland Presbyterian Church near Breda with the Rev. Donald Gibson officiating.

Visitation will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll.

The casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 a.m. Friday when visitation will resume.

Organist will be Marilyn Hundling, and congregational hymns will be "In the Garden" and "Amazing Grace."

Casket bearers will be Mike Schmidt, Tom Schmidt, Jeffrey Schmidt, Joseph Schmidt, Dave Hundling, Butch Obman and Jerry Corbin. Burial will be in Wheatland Township Cemetery near Breda.

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Born Nov. 20, 1913, at Clara City, Minn., she was a daughter of George and Emma (Greve) Klaassen.

She grew up in Clara City where she attended school. Sylvia was married to Clarence Clausen on Sept. 21, 1937, at Dell Rapids, S.D.

The couple farmed west of Breda where they raised their family. Sylvia was active in the farming operation, and she enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, and spending time outdoors. She was a member of Wheatland Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Women.

Sylvia is survived by a daughter Janice Schmidt and her husband Robert of Roseville, Minn.; three sons: Mark Clausen and his wife Debbie of San Diego, Calif., John Clausen and his wife Kas of Carroll, and David Clausen of Seoul, South Korea; a brother Ervin Klaassen and his wife Delores of Clara City, Minn.; five grandchildren: Mike Schmidt and his wife Gina, Tom Schmidt and his wife Kathy, Dan Schmidt and his wife Katrina, Danielle Clausen, and Jenna Clausen; six great grandchildren: Joseph, Hannah, Jeffrey, Tori, Emily, and Robbie; and nieces and nephews.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 2002, two brothers: Clarence Klaassen and his wife Gertrude and Alvin Klaassen and his wife Lola, a sister Lucille DeGrote and her husband Harm, and brother in infancy.