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Klara S. Tyler passed away surrounded by family and friends at St. Joseph Hospital in Lewiston, Idaho, at the age of 90 on May 25, 2013.
She was born to Hans Karl Otto Sternbeck and Cecelia (Thompson) Smith/Sternbeck in Tacoma, Wash.
Klara was a member of the Ehattesaht tribe of Vancouver Island, Canada, and an active member of the Baha'i faith since 1956.
She graduated from Clallam Bay High School in 1941. During World War II, she served her country in true Rosie the Riveter fashion in Seattle.
She married William Tyler on January 13, 1949, after he had returned from the South Pacific after Navy service during World War II.
She graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1977 with a bachelor's in education.
She enjoyed gardening, painting, reading and making necklaces and keychains. She made the best alderwood-smoked salmon, clam fritters, clam chowder and salmon chowder.
She lived in Neah Bay until 2010, when she moved to Lapwai, Idaho, to live near her daughter, Linda J. Paisano.
Mrs. Tyler is preceded in death by her husband, William Tyler; sons Alan and Steven; mother and father Hans and Cecelia Sternbeck; her granddaughter Stephanie J. (Williams) Kidd/Silver; and her siblings, Julianne (Smith) Lucas, Joseph Smith, Moses Smith, Mary (Smith) Amos, Anna (Sternbeck) Cheeka/Butler, Martha (Sternbeck) Olney, Karl Sternbeck and George Sternbeck.
Mrs. Tyler is survived by her children, Linda J. Paisano of Lapwai, Idaho, William G. Tyler of Neah Bay and Dr. Scott E. Tyler of Newcastle, Washington. She is also survived by her 11 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and her pet chihuahua, Nixie.
Services: A Baha'i graveside service will be held at Jonah Cemetery in Sweetwater, Idaho, officiated by Ferris D. Paisano. A dinner will follow at the Catholic Parish Hall in Lapwai.
Burial preparations were done by Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston, Idaho.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home & Crematory - Lewiston
920 21st Avenue
Lewiston, ID 83501
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on May 31, 2013