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CLAASSEN, Mabel 1913-2008


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/9/2010 at 13:58:26

Mabel Claassen, 94, of Ankeny, Iowa, formerly of Wellsburg, Iowa, died Monday, May 12, 2008, at the Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, May 16, 2008, at the United Reformed Church in Wellsburg, Iowa, with Pastor Harold Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Shiloh Cemetery in Wellsburg. Visitation will be Thursday, May 15, 2008, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., at the United Reformed Church in Wellsburg, and also on Friday morning from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Doyen-Abels Funeral Home in Wellsburg. The family will be present on Thursday evening at the church to greet friends. A memorial fund has been established.

Mabel was born May 13, 1913, in German Township in Grundy County, the daughter of Herman and Alice (Terfehn) Harrenstein. She attended three different country schools before moving to Wellsburg with her parents. She started seventh grade in Wellsburg and graduated there in 1933.

She married Virgil Claassen on Feb. 22, 1939, in the Wellsburg Reformed Church Parsonage. They moved to Eldora and served as house counselors at the Iowa Boys Training School for a year and a half. They returned to Wellsburg where Virgil and his brother, Tom, opened a cabinet shop. They joined the Christian Reformed Church in 1950, later changed to the United Reformed Church. Mabel worked at the Beverly Manor Care Center in Grundy Center, for 27 years, retiring in 1983. Mabel was a member of the Evangelism Committee, the Historical Foundation and the Ostfriesian Heritage Society.

Mabel is survived by two children: son, Alan (Dick) Claassen and daughter, Constance Sanderson, both of Ankeny; three grandchildren: Viktor (Heather) Sanderson of Ankeny, Kristine (Bill) Parkinson of Atlanta, GA., and Gretchen Claassen of New York City; four great-grandchildren: Jacob and Jordon Sanderson, both of Ankeny, and Alex and Samantha Parkinson, both of Atlanta, GA; one step great-granddaughter: Jennifer(Mark) Kalvoda of Omaha, NE; three step great-great granddaughters, Madison, Kennedy and McKinley Kalvoda, all of Omaha; two sisters, Marjorie (Tom) Teasdale of Grundy Center and LaVonne Kruse of Iowa Falls; and two brothers: Dennis Harrenstein of Ackley and Alvin (Deloris) Harrenstein of Waverly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Virgil; one sister, Esther Muller; and one brother, Harris Harrenstein.

--Abels Funeral Homes (www.abelsfuneralhomes.com)


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