Clara E Sperl (1919 - 2012)

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  • "Dear Moretta and Clara's boys, I have never met you all...."
    - victoria honeycutt
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    - Eddie Case
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    - Susan Cooley Moss
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Clara E. Sperl passed away, surrounded by family and friends on April 11 in her home at Thane 12 days shy of her 93rd birthday. She was born in Portland, Oregon on April 23, 1919, the 9th of 14 children born to Harry and Clara Lutz. She grew up in Portland and married Walter Sperl in 1940 and moved to Bremerton, WA as a new bride.

In 1946 the family moved to Juneau and settled at Thane, living there for 66 years. Walter and Clara had 4 children, David (Ann), Dennis, Moretta Rieger (Keil) and Donald, who they lost in the Vietnam conflict. Her 3 children, 12 grandchildren, and 29 great grandchildren survive her.

Clara loved Alaska, Thane, and her life there. She loved to fish and often could coax a nice king on her line between Dupont Dock and Pt. Salsbury. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed making a dinner for the many who came to visit from near and far.

Clara's family would like to express their appreciation to Hospice and the caregivers that provided care to Clara. She expressed a desire that any charitable contributions go to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau at 419 6th Street, Juneau, AK 99801 in her memory.

A memorial service is planned for Clara at on Monday May 28 at 2PM at the Andrew Hope Building (formerly ANB Hall) at 320 W. Willoughby Ave.
Published in The Juneau Empire from May 22 to May 29, 2012