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Claribel Sievers

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Claribel Sievers, 85, of rural Coon Rapids, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at her home near Coon Rapids.

A private funeral will be held on Thursday, March 25, at United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids with the Rev. Joyce Webb officiating. Organist for the service will be Lula Garnes, and vocalist will be John Richardson. Casket bearers will be Claribel’s grandchildren.

A public graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at Orange Township Cemetery near Coon Rapids.

A recording of Clairbel’s funeral will be available on the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home YouTube channel, and link will be provided on her obituary page at within 24 hours of the service.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home of Coon Rapids, and online condolences may be left for the family at

Claribel was born on March 29, 1935, on her family’s farm south of Coon Rapids, and she was a daughter of Harry Sr. and Grace (Drake) Olesen. She grew up on the farm and graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1953. She then worked at D&D Café. This is where she learned to make pies, which she was famous for. She married Merlin Sievers on Feb. 2, 1954, at First Christian Church in Coon Rapids.  The couple soon purchased their farm south of Coon Rapids where they raised their four children and Claribel was very active with the farming operation.  

She was active with First Christian Church and in later years United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Needle Club, which she enjoyed hosting. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, baking, and helping others whenever the opportunity arose.

Claribel is survived by her four children and their families: son Thomas Sievers (Debra) of rural Coon Rapids, daughter Cindy Hagan (Michael) of Carroll, daughter Nancy Taylor (Scott) of Estherville and son Joseph Sievers (Lisa) of Truro, Iowa; seven grandchildren: Eric Sievers (Amanda) of Norwalk, Todd Sievers of Norwalk, Ben Sievers (Sarah) of Belton, Missouri, Adam Sievers of Audubon, Matthew Taylor (Cassandra) of Ham Lake, Minnesota, Amy Sievers of Taos, New Mexico, and Tyler Hagan of Coon Rapids; six great-grandchildren: Taylor, Thomas, Natalie, Lucas, Emily and Summer; two sisters: Eunice Herron of Coon Rapids and Maryann Olson of Vail; a brother: Max Olesen (Karen) of rural Coon Rapids; a sister-in-law: Joan Strautman of Carroll; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Merlin Sievers, in 2020; her parents: Harry Sr. and Grace Olesen; her in-laws: Herman and Esther Sievers; her six brothers: Harry Jr. (Evelyn), Howard (Helen), Earl (Jessie), William (Barbara), Robert (Jeri) and Jens; two sisters: Namoa Golay (Ernest) and Ramona Richardson (Charles); and grandson Ryan Hagan in 2006.

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