Clara Josephine Willacker

February 6, 1928August 12, 2015

Clara J. Willacker, 87, of Grawn, died peacefully on Wednesday, August, 12, 2015 at Munson Medical Center, with family by her side.

Clara was born in 1928 in Farmington, Michigan the youngest of 12 children of William and Clara (Pawlowski) Barnum. She was wed to Martin Willacker, Jr. in 1946 and stayed home to raise her 5 children. Clara volunteered with the Girl Scouts for 12 years, the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor for 5 years, and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was 48 years old when she and her husband moved from Novi, Michigan to Grawn. At that time, she went to work for K-Mart retiring after 25 years. After retirement Clara and her husband spent the winters in Florida and enjoyed traveling.

Clara enjoyed annual family camping trips, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, reading books, baking, and especially chocolate! She was a simple woman, devoted to her family. She was strong willed and strict, but her love for her family was never in question. She felt she had accomplished everything she wanted with the love of her life at her side. She lived a full life.

Clara is survived by her children, Roberta (Henry) Lehtola, John (Donna) Willacker, Annette (Clayton) Herrington, and Carla (Jerry) Snelling; daughter-in-law, Kathleen Willacker; 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Martin Willacker,Jr. Son, Martin Willacker III, her parents, and siblings.

Visitation will be Saturday, August, 22, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley, followed by a graveside service at Barnum Cemetery in Mayfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Please share your fond memories of Clara at Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley.



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Mary Hartz

August 24, 2015

We own the little cottage that Clara had for many years, right across from her home. She told me many a stories about those years on the lake, how her children would pick fruit during the summer to buy school clothes, how much the neighbors all partied together and how her husband and "uncle" Joe made home made wine.
Clara's drinking days were over by the time we moved in, just after Marty died, but that didn't stop the Tuesday and Thursday "wine time" at 3:30 with Joe and Pete. I heard about all the history and tales of their lives, cherishing them all, and was honored to be invited to their little custom. I miss them all.
I will so miss my visits to see Clara. I tried to stop in whenever we came up, and she was always in a good mood, just like Pete. She would add a little chuckle to anything she was saying. She didn't complain much, and wouldn't even bother her doctors, except on her yearly visit. Always proud of the fact that she never had a charge card. Amazing. She still had that strong will and point of view, and I am happy I was on her good side.
She always talked about her family, and really enjoyed your trips to the UP or wherever they were gathering. Near the end, she was sorry she wasn't able to go, but always talked about the next visit from one of her family. Clara enjoyed bringing out the photo albums and sharing all her memories of you all.
It is so very hard for all her family, especially with Pete just passing too, but know they are up there, with Marty, chuckling at us all.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Miss and love you Clara. xo

Caroline Jackson

August 18, 2015

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at the loss of such a wonderful lady. Clara and I are first cousins however; I never met her until 1990 when my late husband and I made a trip up to Grawn so I could meet her face to face. I knew of this part of the family on the Pawlowski/Barnum side but being second youngest of the first cousins you miss out on a lot. When I saw her sitting on the couch crocheting and called her name it was like we knew each other for our entire lives. She couldn't believe I took the time to come for a visit, I told her we were family and that is what we do. We kept in touch ever since, she and Marty were down here once so I had them over for dinner and I spent a week-end with her after Marty passed away. I will always treasure her love for family and I truly am blessed for knowing her and will miss her.

Patricia Goeman

August 18, 2015

I will miss that wonderful lady. Bless her....

August 17, 2015

Clara and Marty were our good friends here in Grove Ridge in Dade City, Florida
We shared many good times and played lots of cards in our club house, it was ever so sad when we lost Marty, Clara came back to us for a while..She and I kept in touch on the computer all these years when she went back home.
Ott and Geri

Valerie Duperon

August 17, 2015

My grandmother taught me that hard work always paid off & nothing in life was free. She pushed me intellectually & I believe we shared in our love of spelling things correctly. I always looked forward to camping with her every labor day weekend; it won't be the same without her & dad but we will carry on the tradition & think of them every moment. Her presence (& it was a very big presence) will be missed in my life and many others.

Pam Nagy

August 16, 2015

Prayers for the family. Lord give the family peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Susan Willacker

August 15, 2015

My prayers are with you . May she rest in peace. She will be missed.