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Alta Mae Claus

May 17, 1932 - November 2, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Alta Mae Claus

Alta Mae Claus

Born: May 17, 1932
Died: November 2, 2021
Age: 89

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     Alta Mae Claus, the daughter of John and Ella (Berger) Hollander was born on May 17, 1932, on a farm near Elkton, SD. As a young child she moved to Iowa and attended rural grade school west of Boyden, IA. She graduated from Sheldon High School in 1950. She attended Wartburg College where she obtained her teaching certificate and then taught six years in Ocheyedan and Humbolt, IA. In 1971, she became an Avon Representative and also served several years as an Assistant District Manager. She retired in 2017 after 45 years with Avon.

     She married Donald Claus on June 24, 1956, in Hull, IA. Following their marriage, they moved to Spencer in 1957. She was baptized  and confirmed and was a member of First English Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and served on the Board of Education. She also served on the Alter Guild and was a member of TTTFC.

     Alta enjoyed her flowers and sewing for her children and grandchildren when they were young. Family get togethers were always special. Don and Alta enjoyed traveling to many states, Europe and a Caribbean Cruise.

     She passed away on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at the Spencer Hospital at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don; her son, David and her three brothers: Ernest, Rudolf and John R. Hollander.  

     Left to cherish her memory are her two sons: Gregory Claus and his wife, Dr. Maria of Gainesville , FL and Daniel Claus and his wife, Ange of Dickens, IA; her daughter, Lisa Claus of Sioux Falls, SD; her daughter-in-law, Debbie Claus of Spencer, IA; her grandchildren: Samuel Claus ( Jillna ) of Solon, IA, Andrew Claus of Spencer, IA, Phillip Claus (Jessica) of Ruthven, IA, Elizabeth Claus of Spencer, IA, Ashley Claus of Burnsville, MN, Amber Claus of Grimes, IA, and Sophia Claus of Gainesville, FL; her great grandchildren: Cora Claus and Wyatt Claus; her sister, Elaine Brandhorst of Hudson, IA; other relatives and many friends.

SERVICES
Funeral Services will be 10:30 A.M., Monday, November 8, 2021 at the First English Lutheran Church in Spencer..
OFFICIATING
Rev. Paul Kaldahl
CASKET BEARERS
Samuel Claus
Andrew Claus
Phillip Claus
Harlan Brandhorst
Dallas Dolan
Kelly Cook

Honorary Bearers
Ashley Claus
Amber Claus
Elizabeth Claus
Sophia Claus
Cora Claus
Wyatt Claus

VISITATION
Visitation with the family will be from 2:00-4:00 P.M., Sunday afternoon at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
MUSIC
Organist - Kristin Kaldahl

Congregational Hymns

"How Great Thou Art"
"I Know My Redeemer Lives"
"Amazing Grace"
INTERMENT
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

Following the services at the cemetery, there will be a lunch served at First English Lutheran Church.

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Friday, November 12, 2021 at 12:11 PM
“I want to send my deepest sympathy to the whole family. I am so sorry for your loss. I am Don's 1st cousin & I taught with Alta Mae in Ocheyedan. May you feel God's comfort during this hard time. Dorothy Burgeson”
- Dorothy Burgeson
Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 11:37 AM
“My condolences to the Claus family. Al was a dear friend of mine for 75 years. She will be greatly missed by me as well. I will not be able to say my goodbye in person but know that I am praying for God's comfort for all of you now and in the days ahead. With my love, Char”
- Dasen Charlotte
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 4:43 PM
“My heartfelt sympathies to you all on Alta's passing. She was mom's favorite friend and enjoyed the many times they spent together. I remember her and Don coming over and playing cards with my parents and Alta coming to see Mom in the nursing home. Mom face always lit up when she came into the room. God bless and all us you.”
- Cindi and Mark Hinton
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 11:55 AM
“I'm so very sorry to hear of Alta's passing. She was my Avon gal for a long time. I enjoyed our visits very much. Lean in to God at this difficult time, He will guide you.”
- Jan Rusk
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 7:48 AM
“Thoughts and prayers to the family! She was an amazing woman and will be missed!”
- Chris, Laura, Delilah and Erin Hollander
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 7:48 AM
“Lisa I am so sorry for your loss. You and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs to you my sweet friend. ”
- Paula Broadwater
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 7:48 AM
“Dan, Greg and Lisa. Please let the Lord wrap his arms around you and comfort you with peace. Your mom was an awesome Lady. Always enjoyed bumping into her. She is now with your dad and Dave watching over you all. Cherish the memories. ”
- Doug & Carolyn Alger
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 7:48 AM
“I want to express my deepest sympathy to my cousins Lisa, Greg, Dan and Debbie, Ange & Marie and their family's for Alta Mae's passing. She was a great Aunt and a wonderful person. She was always very Kind and she will be missed.”
- Kevin Claus
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 7:48 AM
“My heart is broken. Alta was a very special friend, in fact...the very first Avon Representative I had the pleasure of meeting. I remember ringing her doorbell to introduce myself as the new District Manager. She was my right and left hand...and became such a dear, dear friend. Always loved our conversations about family! And, Don....he was just as charming. I can only think they are together in Heaven looking over their family. I am so thankful we had a long conversation this past Sunday over the phone. Again, Alta shared a lot of happy things happening with her children, grandchildren and a new grandchild. We talked about the great memories we had together at Avon. Love and hugs to the entire family....Alta was so so proud of all of you. She will be missed dearly. She was my dear friend. ”
- Tami Kroll
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 7:47 AM
“My thoughts and prayers to the family of Alta. I always enjoyed visiting with her.. Very sweet lady.”
- Deborah Kress Helmke
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 2:11 PM
“My deepest sympathies to all of you !!! She was a very nice lady, and I know she will be missed. ”
- Rhonda Olson
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 2:11 PM
“I'm so sorry to hear about Alta'a passing. I knew her through my mother, who was an Avon Representative. It was so nice to see her at Blaine's & Tori's wedding. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Missy Lair
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 12:29 PM
“Andrew, Philip, Elizabeth, I am so sorry for the loss of your grandmother, she was a very sweet lady, May God Bless you all. Barb Woodall”
- Barb Woodall
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 12:29 PM
“Dear Lisa, Dan and David,
We are so surprised to read that Alta passed away. Tom worked with Don for years at Eaton, and Alta kept Mary supplied with Avon. They were always so involved and such a pleasure to visit with at church. During this time of sorrow, may you always be aware of the Lord's abiding love, and may many wonderful memories comfort and sustain you in the days ahead. Our deepest sympathy-Tom and Mary Galik”
- Mary Galik
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 12:29 PM
“My condolences to the Claus family! Alta was a special lady!”
- Ted Lambertus
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7:31 AM
“So sorry of your loss! I always enjoyed visiting with her at church! She was always a very caring person and enjoyed others. God bless her family and those that cared for her!”
- Nancy Hartmann
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7:30 AM
“To The Claus Family,
So Sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing.. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻‘S for all as you go forward…
My Deepest Sympathies
Char Bockman”
- Char Bockman
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7:30 AM
“So sorry of your loss! I always enjoyed visiting with her at church! She was always a very caring person and enjoyed others. God bless her family and those that cared for her!”
- Nancy Hartmann
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7:30 AM
“Lisa, sending prayers from Tennessee for you and your family. ”
- Patricia Clark
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 4:21 PM
“Thoughts and prayers to the entire Claus family.
We will truly miss Aunt Alta .. many many memories.
God Bless.”
- Richard and LaWana Hollander
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 2:05 PM
“I am so so sorry....Alta Mae and I would text each other often....She was a.very special lady...prayers for all of you....”
- Lynette Rae Farnsworth
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 2:05 PM
“I just saw Alta in church a few weeks ago and was so glad to see her.! She looked so good and it is nice to remember her like that. She was a very nice lady ~ many sympathies”
- KAY WILSON
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 8:57 AM
“So sorry to hear of Alta passing. She was my #1 Avon lady for many years. I always enjoyed seeing and visiting with her even after she retired. She was a kind and considerate person. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. RIP Alta”
- Linda Versluis
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