Clara Lydia Zietlow Williams

July 13, 1913 - Nov. 6, 2007

Clara Lydia Zietlow Williams of Northview Road in Waukesha and more recently of Traverse City, Mich., died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at her apartment home in her sleep. She was born July 13, 1913, to Carl (Charles) H. and Mary L.S. Zietlow in Vernon County, the youngest of eight children.

She attended school in Enterprise Rural School (Monroe County) and Norwalk grade school, and graduated from Norwalk High School in 1930. In 1931, she graduated from Vernon County Normal School and later graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a major in elementary education and minors in history and sociology.

She married Donald D. Williams on March 26, 1938, at Immanuel Evangelical Church in Norwalk. They lived in Stuartville, Minn., where they farmed; Wildwood, N.J., during World War II when Donald was in the U.S. Navy; and then settled in the Waukesha area.

Clara taught elementary school for a total of 37 years, the last 25 being at Northview Elementary School in Waukesha. She taught all eight grades during her career, which started at a one room schoolhouse (Elmview School) in Cashton. She also taught in Leon, Cook Creek, Glengarry, Eagle and Butler, all in Wisconsin. Her favorite grade to teach was fourth grade, but she loved children of all ages. She retired from teaching in 1975. As a professional, she was a member of the NEA, WEA and the WTEA, where she served on many educational committees, including chairman of public relations for WTEA and delegate to the state WEA convention. Later, she was a member of the Retired Teachers Association of Waukesha. She belonged to Salem United Methodist Church, where she was chairwoman for her missionary circle. She loved the Northview Oakettes Homemakers group and served as treasurer.

Throughout her life, her love of children was paramount, but she also loved gardening, maintaining family connections, giving to others and music. At age 94, she still played the piano and sang with enthusiasm.

She is survived by her daughter, Donna, and son-in-law, Gerald Klinefelter of Kewadin, Mich.; her granddaughters, Ann Bean of Saginaw, Mich., and Lisa Klinefelter of San Francisco; her sister, Hazel Kohlhaas of Whitewater; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sisters and four brothers.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Services continue Saturday, Nov. 10, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral service at Salem United Methodist Church, 541 Highway 59 (Les Paul Parkway), Waukesha, WI 53186. Burial will be at Highland Memorial Park. A luncheon will be served at the church following committal.

Memorials are suggested to Salem United Methodist Church (see address above), the American Heart Association, 660 E. Mason St., #200, Milwaukee, WI 53202, or any charity relating to children’s welfare.

For more information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.