Clara C. Frieler

Clara C. Frieler, age 93 of Melrose, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Melrose, Minn.

 A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 24 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. A private inurnment will be held at a later date at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in New Munich.

 Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose.  The Christian Mothers prayed at 5 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.  

 Clara Catherine Schneider was born Aug. 11, 1923 in Melrose to John and Bernadine (Kerkering) Schneider.  She was united in marriage to Clarence Frieler on June 10, 1947 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove.  Clara was a farm wife for 29 years before her husband died in 1976. She was a cook for Big Al’s and the Greenwald Pub in Greenwald for 18 years and also cooked for the Melrose School District for 18 years prior to her retirement in her late 70s. 

 She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove and the Christian Mothers.  Clara enjoyed embroidering dish towels, baking goodies for the little ones, and loved singing in the church choir for many years. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  They were the love of her life. 

Survivors include her children, Alice (LeRoy) Schaefer of St. Cloud, Roger (Mary) Frieler of Yankton, S.D., John (Linda) Frieler of Melrose, Janice (Henry) Ahrens of Melrose, Patricia (Gary) Olmscheid of Belgrade, Tim (Deb) Frieler of Sauk Centre, and Laura (Rick) Vogel of St. Anthony; 21 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren with one on the way; brother, Joseph Schneider of Meire Grove; and sisters, Ludvina Ostendorf of St. Cloud, Arlene Gully of Paynesville, and Lorraine Inderrieden of St. Cloud. 

 Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Frieler on July 26, 1976; brothers, Elmer, Leo and Warner Schneider; and sister, Marie Marthaler. 

 Serving as casket bearers were Brian Schaefer, Joey Frieler, Michael Frieler, Sam Vogel, Josh Vogel, Chris Frieler, Jason Ahrens and Ricky Olmscheid. Cross bearer was Deb Schneider and scripture bearer was Kimberly Moritz. The reader was Jennifer Kerfeld and honorary bearers were Clara’s grandchildren.

 Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose. 

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