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Claire (Gehlen) STECK ROWE Left this life after a 7 month battle with lung cancer. She showed us how to transition to the next life with grace and dignity. She will be greatly missed by her family and numerous friends. Claire was born August 12, 1930 in Helen Township, McLeod County, Minnesota to Joseph F. Gehlen and Catherine E. Willems Gehlen, the 10th child of 11. Growing up on a farm was hard work, which gave her a lifelong strength to do what she wanted and needed to do. Claire graduated from Glencoe High School in 1949 and was still in touch with many of her classmates. While working in a photography studio she met her first love LeRoy Steck and they were married in January 1951. In 1964 Claire and Lee packed up 6 children to move to Seattle. Lee drove the pickup pulling a U-haul trailer with all the belongings they could carry, and Claire drove the station wagon behind. Three years later, their seventh child was born in Seattle. Lee passed away in 1987. Very active in her church at St. Anne, Claire was known as thego-to person. A longtime resident of Queen Anne Hill, she was well known for the Nativity Scene on 1st West & Smith. In 2005 she married her second love Clifford Rowe. The blending of two families came to a total of 61 so the engagement celebration was held in the Church Hall. Claire is survived by husband Cliff, her children Jane (Mike) Larson, Julie MacLean, Janet (Werner) Cadera, Jolene (Stephen) Lynch, Jeffrey (Monica) Steck, Joan (Michael) Collins, Joel (Lisa) Steck, Cliff's 7 children and spouses, 32 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, her sister Joanne (Jerry) Boyle, sisters-in-law Bernice Gehlen and Noreen Gehlen, and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Providence Hospice, 425 Pontius Ave. N., #300, Seattle, WA 98109, CaringBridge.org, or the . Recitation of the Rosary will be held Friday, May 18th at 7 PM at Hoffner Fisher & Harvey Chapel 508 N 36th St, Seattle 98103 Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, May 19th at 11 AM at St. Anne Catholic Church, 1411 1st Ave W, Seattle 98119. Interment, Evergreen Cemetery Please sign Claire's on-line Guest Book at www.Legacy.com
Published in The Seattle Times from May 13 to May 16, 2012
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