Barbara W. Claus - 6/18/2016
Barbara W. Claus, age 92, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away Thursday, May 12, 2016 at her home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Barbara was a homemaker for 23 years and an elementary teacher for 14 years. She was raised in Granville, Illinois in the country on Silverspoon Road. She attended Hopkins High School for 2 years and graduated from LaSalle-Peru High in 1941 and Carleton College of Northfield, Minnesota in 1945. She spent a summer session during the war years at the University of Wisconsin and another at Iowa State University. On July 21, 1945, she married Ralph H. Claus of the United States Army and they established a home in Ottawa, Illinois the following year. It remained their permanent residence for 58 years. Barbara served many community organizations in her lifetime, including the local tennis club, president of the PTA at the public school, Community Concerts, Illinois Valley Symphony, Camp Fire Girls, and a very active member of United Methodist Church in Ottawa involved in various activities in the church. She organized and directed as a volunteer the first three years of swim teams at the new YMCA. She served a term on the Reddick’s Library Board. After her children left home, Barbara returned to Northern Illinois University to become fully certified to teach elementary school. She taught for fourteen years at Deer Park School when Ralph retired from work at the First National Bank in Ottawa. Barbara and Ralph did some travel, but settled on a winter residency in Punta Gorda, Florida so Barbara could play on tennis teams and work as a volunteer one full day a week at the Sallie Jones public school. She was a member of the Ottawa Boat Club, Community Hospital Reddick Mansion Society, LaSalle County Genealogy Guild, Putnam County Historical Society, Burnt Store Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda, Florida, Monday Club and PEO, United Church of Christ of Ottawa, Illinois, and Logan Street Baptist Church of Mount Vernon, Illinois. In 2003, she moved to Mount Vernon, Illinois to be near her daughter and family. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren participate in sports, school, and church.
In honor of Ms. Claus' wishes she will be cremated and a Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday June 18, 2016 at United Church of Christ in Ottawa, Illinois. Interment of ashes at Ottawa Avenue Cemetery in Ottawa, Illinois. For those who wish, memorials may be given Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and Logan Street Baptist Chruch and can be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.