Dec. 4, 1913 – June 30, 2013
Bellevue – Clarabelle Wilming, 99-1/2 and 27 days, passed away June 30, 2013 at Mill Valley Care Center, Bellevue.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue. Burial was held July 2 in the Parish Cemetery.
She was born on Dec. 4, 1913 in Springbrook, daughter of Michael and Susan (Michels) Scholtes. She married George Wilming on Jan. 18, 1932 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue. He preceded her in death on June 9, 1979.
Clarabelle lived on the farm until 1955. She started at Clinton engines in 1955, working there for 21 years. She was the oldest living retiree.
She was a very special person, she always had a smile. Clarabelle had a great sense of humor and quick wit. She was very sharp and never missed a thing. In her early years, Clarabelle enjoyed dancing with her husband. She always had time for a game of euchre, took the game seriously and was extremely good at it. She never missed a trick.
She enjoyed being a Chicago Cubs fan. Clarabelle lived through 17 presidents.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and will be deeply missed.
Those left to honor her memory include her son, Wayne (Patricia) Wilming of Dubuque; two daughters, Eldora Steines of Bellevue and Marion (Mike) Redmond of Monticello; 12 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 27 great-great-grandchildren with two more on the way; two sisters, Velma Ringen of Preston and Dorothy Scholtes of Bellevue.; and a sister-in-law Marcella Wilming.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; three sisters; a great-grandson, Doug Ries; and a grandson-in-law, Robert Ries.