Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary

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Claribel "Clara" Bloom

November 11, 1915October 4, 2019

Claribel “Clara” Bloom was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on November 11, 1915, the daughter of Bert and Mabel (Gunderson) Dowd. She died at her home in Phoenix, Arizona on October 4, 2019.

Clara loved life and wrote “I've always enjoyed life. I would like to stay at the age of 84 and live forever. A wonderful gift would be to watch all my great grandchildren grow to the age of 84 too. It would be so very interesting to see the changes and compare my life to theirs. What a great gift that would be!”

Clara lived a full life as a traveler, homemaker and mother. She loved to cook, play music, and was a skilled crafter. A farm girl at heart, gardening was a life long passion. Clara married first Clifford (Cliff) Nelson and from that union her daughter Carmen was born. When she married Bernard (Bud) Bloom she was excited to gain a son, Larry.

Clara was predeceased by her parents; husbands Clifford E. Nelson and Bernard E. Bloom; sisters Mrs. Rose (Ray) Bengtson, Mrs. Cornelia (Albert) Dafoe, Mrs. Wilma (James) Hinzpeter, Mrs. Marie (Alfred) Miller, Mrs. Mabel (C. E.) Saugstad and brothers Evertt M. Dowd, Baby Boy Stip, John (Jack) Stip and Ray Stip and son Larry Bloom, his wife Beverly and grandson Jerry M. Bisbee.

Clara is survived by her brother Henry (Hank) Stip, daughter Mrs. Carmen (John) Gallagher, granddaughter Mrs. Crystal (Brian) Bracy and great-grandchildren Evan, Miranda, Quin, Elora, Aiden, and Liam, grandson Thomas J. King V and great-grandchildren Logan and Tyler; and from step son Larry's family granddaughters Mrs. Yvonne (Frank) Roberts, Mrs. Lynn (Kent) Baughman, Mrs. Stacy (Dan) Bowers, grandson Stanley D. Bloom (Cindy) and 19 great-grandchildren, 30 great great grandchildren, 2 great great great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and family members.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, October 15, 2019


Claribel "Clara" Bloom

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Jean Bjork

October 14, 2019

Aunt Clara always had a something to laugh or joke about. She is reunited with her sisters and they will be talking up a
storm. When they were together no one else could get a word in;
Fun to watch.

Frank and Gloria Hardman

October 11, 2019

Dear Ones

We loved and respected Grandma Clara so much! She loved the Lord and all her friends and family so sincerely. The BIble tells us the greatest gift is to LOVE one another as Christ loves us. Clara had the wonderful gift of Love! She was the life of our parties! She loved visiting the green Fountain in Fountain Hills on St Patty's Day wearing her Irish Hat and all her buttons. Heaven is a better place with Grandma Clara there. We send our Love to all those whom she loved so dearly. We will never forget her. LOVE!!!

Mabel Tollenaar

October 10, 2019

I always enjoyed visits with Aunt Clara. In my memories she was always laughing and telling funny stories. Now she is reunited with her sisters and I'm sure they're having a wonderful time. (To help identify myself for family, I'm Mabel Jo, Toots' daughter)