Conrad, I consider it a great privilege to have been a friend of yours and Venus over these many years. Venus was a delightful, giving person who contributed in so many ways to the lives of a great number of people. Shandelle and I always enjoyed our visits with the two of you during your trips to Michigan. I wish you and your family peace and comfort, Conrad, during this time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
May got rest her soul... she was such a good teacher to me...
Later today we say our final goodbyes to a great lady, teacher and mentor. It is for us to emulate her life in the things we do even as we remember the family and friends in thought and prayer. Goodbye Dr Venus, goodbye Mrs Clausen.
Thank you for marrying Venus. The two of you have been wonderful examples of a couple in love and who have dedicated lives in service for God and higher education.
I recall in graduate school when you and Venus started dating and first contemplated marriage. What a wonderful choice you made! I have always appreciated Venus's quiet and gentle spirit. She treated others with dignity and kindness. I remember that she rarely “pushed” her point of view, but excelled in asking questions to draw out what others thought. In grad school, many of us took every opportunity to express our ideas, but Venus asked the clarifying questions allowing others to pontificate.
We will all remember the wonderful meals that Venus would cook. You both have been gracious hosts and have blessed some many and have giving so much to the lives of students and those you've ministered to. I cannot imagine the feeling of loss you are experiencing. Please know that Kathy and I hold you in our prayers and share the knowledge that you and Venus will be reunited in the earth made new.
Ron and Kathy Carter
We have lived in Loma Linda for 54 years and have met many, many people and students coming and going. As we look back we realize there are no other people more missionary minded and more giving than Venus and Conrad Clausen who have devoted many, many years of teaching in the mission field, especially Africa. Truly they are people we admire---what a loss it is for the church and all of us now that Venus is no longer with us.
I first met Venus years ago when she and cousin Florence Teoh came to the US for college, on their way to Walla Walla. Years later when her parents lived in Loma Linda, we found out that her mother and my mother were in nurses training together in Shanghai. I also remember distinctively Venus taking the Cambodian children to Sabbath School, week after week.
Venus' cousin Kung Lin Wang and I were 2nd grade classmates in the missionary English school in Hong Kong. So it was fun for Venus and Conrad to bring Kung Lin's younger brother and wife from China to visit us about a year ago.
When Ernie and I attended the CHIP program after Ernie's open-heart surgery February 2013, Venus was right there helping with the registration and the classes following. We have had dinners together at our home, and Venus is always smiling, encouraging, and full of grace.
We really feel Conrad's great loss, but we must encourage each other with God's promise of that great reunion in a far better place, where we shall all be together again. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
With great sympathy, Dorothy and Ernie Zane