Clara Busse, 97
Dec. 7, 1917 -- April 18, 2015

Clara Busse (nee Schrempf), age 97, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Cedar Bay West in West Bend with her family at her side. She was born on Dec. 7, 1917, in Golden Valley, North Dakota, to Johannes and Christina (nee Mettler) Schrempf. She married Henry Kolbin in 1941. Together they had a daughter Ann. Henry passed away in 1945. Clara married Daniel Busse in 1957 until his death in January 1970. In her retirement years, she lived in Townsend and West Bend. She was a very active member in her churches Trinity Lutheran in Wabeno, one of the founders of Lakewood Library in Lakewood, St. Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Cedar Community. Her faith and her family were the center of her life.

Clara was a loving mother to her daughter, Ann (Ron) Hagmayer of Townsend; sister, Tina Knoll of Idaho; grandchildren, Brian (Kim) Hagmayer, Jodi Wagner and Debra (Dacon) Franzen; eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her stepchildren, Shirley Lutzenberger and Fred Busse, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, the love of her life Daniel Busse, a brother and two sisters.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, at St. Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church (4113 German Village Road, West Bend). Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will take place at Highland Memorial Park. Memorials appreciated to St. Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church (4113 German Village Road, West Bend) and Cedar Hospice (113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend).

A special thank you to Cedar Community, Cedar Community Hospice and the Rev. Reede of St. Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church for their loving care in her final journey from here on Earth to eternity.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at