FARMINGTON - Clara Michela, 97, of Farmington, Ill., died Sunday afternoon, Jan. 12, 2014, at her 394 E. Vernon St. home of 55 years in Farmington, Ill.
She was born on Sept. 28, 1916, in Rapatee, Ill. She was the daughter of Walter Brashear and Clara (Johnson) Brashear. Clara married John Michela on April 16, 1939, in Canton, Ill. John preceded her in death on March 21, 1994, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Betty Meyers; her brother, Walter Brashear Jr.; and two sisters, Thelma Shreffler and Lois Sandberg. Clara now reunites with sisters, Thelma and Lois, to reform the Singing Brashear Sisters of yesteryear fame.
Clara is survived by one daughter, Susan Timmons of California; and two sisters, Berniece Porch and Betty Stuckel of Illinois. Clara has three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
For more than 50 years, she worked alongside her husband, John, in Michela's grocery store in Farmington. Clara served as a member of the board of directors for Bank of Farmington for 20 years, following husband, John, who served on the bank board for nearly 50 years.
Clara was a member of the Union Church of Rapatee and belonged to the Women of the Moose of Farmington and the Pythian Sisters for more than 70 years each. She was a founding member and past president of the Tazewell County Doll Club.
Clara was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed by all.
A celebration of Clara's long life will be held later in the spring of 2014.
Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington is in charge of arrangements.
You may create online condolences at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.
Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.