Nydia Martha Claussen

April 25, 1930May 11, 2019

Nydia H Claussen, 89, of Ankeny, IA passed away on May 11, 2019, surrounded by family. Nydia was born to Cristobal and Barbara, in Colombia, South America.

Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church Chapel (510 E 1st Street, Ankeny) with visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M., followed by a dedicated funeral service from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M., on Friday, May 17, 2019. Burial will take place in Sedona, AZ this summer.

Nydia graduated from high school and business school in her country and attended college. Her family founded the first photography studio in her home town: she excelled in photography and artistic endeavors. Nydia was a published poet and writer, spending time in Spain after winning a national contest. She continued to pursue these heartfelt interests throughout her life.

Nydia was proud to be an American citizen. She was a homemaker, business woman, artist and grandma. In later years, she loved traveling with her husband, Al, to her homes in Sedona, Laughlin and Ankeny. Nydia will be dearly missed.

Nydia is survived by her loving husband, Albert J Claussen; and, children, John (Elizabeth) and Barbara (Alexander), and, granddaughter, Sarah.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or, the charity of their choice, in loving memory of Nydia.

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  • Visitation Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, May 17, 2019


Nydia Martha Claussen

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Sue Mahler

May 15, 2019

Although we didn't care for Nydia for very long we all grew attached to her. Her sense of humor will carry on. We wish the best for all of her family. From all the staff at Vintage Hills.