Clara W. Zimbrick, 93

Clara W. Zimbrick (Grothe), 93, of West Bend, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at Dove Health Care Center in Glendale.

She was born on Sept. 22, 1914, in Flint River Township, Iowa to the late Charles and Wilhelmina (Mumme) Grothe.

On Nov. 21, 1940, she was united in marriage to Clarence H. Zimbrick at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dolton, Ill.

Clarence passed away on May 23, 1979.

Clara was employed at Leyís Department Store and as a secretary at the West Bend Company for many years.

She also was an active member of St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Church, West Bend.

She is survived by two children, Corrine Kraus of Bayside, and Charles (Emilie) Zimbrick of Fremont, Calif.; a daughter-in-law, Gale Zimbrick of Cecil; a son-in-law, John Kraus of Shorewood; six grandchildren, Catherine Kraus, Jason Kraus, Rachel Zimbrick, Laura Zimbrick, Michelle (Jim) McGlin and Christopher Zimbrick; three step-grandchildren, Bobbet (Kurt) Little, Tammy (Brian) Stueck and Sandy Kennedy; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Meta Radtke of Arlington, Mass.; a sister-in-law, Avalin Grothe of Crawfordsville, Iowa; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a son, Clarence Zimbrick Jr.; three brothers, Herman Grothe, August Grothe and Walter (Maxine) Grothe; and two sisters, Marie Grothe and Victoria Grothe.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday at St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Church, 809 S. Sixth Ave., West Bend. The Rev. George Mumm will officiate, and burial will follow in Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend.

Visitation will be at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend, on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorials to St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Church are appreciated.

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