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Virginia A. Clair

Battle Creek

It is with tremendous sadness that the family of Virginia A. (Huegli) Clair, age 87, announces the passing on Sunday afternoon at her home in Battle Creek. Our dear mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend passed on January 24, 2016 after a short illness surrounded by her son and daughter-in-law Lisa.

She was born August 14, 1928 in Detroit, MI the daughter of Edwin Huegli and Clara (Priester) Huegli.

She and her husband Jim built and ran the Clair's Tailor Shop later known as the Clair's Tuxedo shop for 48 years. Clair's was a wholesale and retail Tux business. The Clair's Tuxedo business had 5 locations: beginning on State Street, 36 Capital Avenue NE, then 8 Capital Avenue NE, 33 North McCamly, then on Columbia Avenue and a location in Kalamazoo.

"Ginny" grew up in Coldwater, MI and later during the World War II years she moved to Battle Creek, MI where she graduated in 1946 from the Battle Creek Central High School.

She met married Jim D. Clair, Sr. and they married December 19, 1953 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Battle Creek, MI; he preceded her in death on April 5, 1992.

She enjoyed playing golf and was most proud of a "hole-in-one" at Bedford Valley Country Club; having the notoriety of being the first woman to do so. She was an avid skier, skiing Whistler Mountain in British Columbia, Canada; the Swiss Alps, Vail and Snowmass Colorado.

She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church where she served on the Altar Guild, LWML, and helped out with the funeral luncheons at church.

Right out of high school she first worked at the Reagle's Jewelry store, and then she moved to Minneapolis to work for General Mills cereal.  After returning to Battle Creek, she worked at the U.S. Steel and Wire. Then she met and married Jim Clair and together they built the Clair's Tuxedo Shop in Battle Creek.

She is survived by two sons: Timothy "Tim" J. Clair of Battle Creek, MI; James "Jimmy" F. & Lisa Clair of Battle Creek, MI; her sister: Marilyn Taylor of Battle Creek who has been also her best lifelong friend; many nieces & nephews; her son in law: Dr. Jim Swanson of Houston, TX; five Grandchildren: Capt. Timothy James & Laura Swanson; USMC; John Taylor & Kayla Swanson; Morgyn Elizabeth Clair; McKenzie Layne Clair and Renee Elizabeth (Trent) Larm of Grayling, MI; step grandson: Aaron T. Schley of Battle Creek, MI; and one great-grandson: Ezra Swanson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband: James D. Clair; her daughter Cynthia Swanson; her brother Richard Huegli; her sister Ruth Kolmorgan

Visitation will be held at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service on Friday, January 29, 2016 where the family will be present from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Cremation has been conducted, a memorial service commemorating Virginia's life will be held Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 349 Capital Avenue NE, with Pastor Larry Gorlitz officiating. Her cremains will be buried next to her husband later at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI.  Memorial tributes may be made to: St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church or Bronson at Home Hospice. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269)965-5145  www.bachmanhebble.com 



Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Jan. 27 to Jan. 30, 2016
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