Claire Ellen (Detlef) Osterholm (1924 - 2017)

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Claire Ellen (Detlef) Osterholm, 92, of Shell Rock, and formerly of Glenwood, died Nov. 3, 2017, at the Shell Rock Health Care Center.
Funeral services and a visitation for Claire's friends were held Nov. 6, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church in Shell Rock. There will be a visitation in Glenwood at Peterson Mortuary on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9- 10 a.m. with funeral services at 10 a.m. and burial beside her husband in Glenwood Cemetery to follow.
Claire was born Dec. 10, 1924 to Charles August Detlef and Ellen Rosilla Asman Detlef on the family farm five miles east of Glenwood. She married her high school sweetheart, Richard Darrell Osterholm in December 1945 and they were blessed with two daughters.
Claire was a devoted daughter, loving wife, mother and loyal friend. She attended Silver No. 2 country school through the eighth grade. She attended Glenwood High School, graduating in 1943 and was homecoming queen her senior year. She received her Normal Training certificate and taught in country schools in Mills County at Four Corners for two years and Centerline for four years before starting a family. In 1957 her work career resumed in the Education Department at the Glenwood State School, first as a teacher and later as a librarian in the staff library, retiring in 1990.
Claire was a charter member of Beta Sigma Phi, president of the Federated Women's Club, served as board Secretary at the First Christian Church, the Finance Committee for First Baptist Church and later Calvary Baptist. Claire was a long- standing member of the D.A.R. serving two terms as Regent for the Glenwood Chapter. Claire and Mrs. Virginia Stinard were instrumental in implementing the fluoridation of water in Glenwood. She also served as a Brownie leader.
In her retirement, Claire enjoyed traveling and visiting family and friends. She was a volunteer for the American Heart Association, active in two bridge groups, Meals on Wheels, her church and other activities. She enjoyed and was active in planning the Homecoming reunion for the Class of 1943 until her death.
With declining health and aging, Claire spent more time with her friend Carol Kruse in Shell Rock. In 2013 she decided to sell her home in Glenwood and made Shell Rock her home. She made many new friends there and became involved in her new community. She was an active member of the Slight Avery Legion Auxiliary and attended services at Peace Lutheran Church.
Claire is survived by her daughters, Lucinda Osterholm Roenfeldt (Rodney), Patricia Osterholm VanArsdale (Harry), granddaughters, Dawn VanArsdale Young (William), Katherine Roenfeldt Brown (D.J.), Kimberly Roenfeldt Smith (Tillman), 5 great-grandsons, Will Young, Harrison Brown, Coleman Brown, Tripp Smith and Bennett Smith.
Memorials may be directed to Glenwood Public Library or the Mills County Museum.
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Peterson Mortuary
212 South Locust Street
Glenwood, IA 51534
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Published in The Opinion-Tribune on Nov. 8, 2017
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