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Clara J. Wickenhauser, age 103 of Glenwood City, WI died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 at Glenhaven, Inc. in Glenwood City, WI.

Clara was born June 24, 1911 in Glenwood City, WI to Frank and Veronica (Juskowika) Kolasinski, who were immigrants from Poland. She attended Pine Heights, a one room country grade school, walking the one mile distance from home to the school each school day. In her late teens she worked as a waitress at a restaurant in Buffalo, MN. Clara married Joe Chicilo on November 26, 1932 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Glenwood City, WI.

They operated a dairy farm located near the Pine Heights School. They also operated the Lone Pine Inn, a tavern/dance hall for a short period in the early 1940s. They raised four children on their farm. Clara kept busy preparing and preserving fruit, vegetables and meats since home refrigerator/freezers were rare in those days.

In addition to her vegetable gardens she also loved to grow beautiful flower gardens and she was known to have a green thumb for growing African violets. She was also active in the Happy Homemakers Club, the Happy Helpers 4-H club and auxiliary at St. John’s Catholic Church and assisted as a stagehand for student programs at the Pine Heights School.

After they sold the farm in 1967, they moved to Glenwood City and lived until Joe’s death in 1969. Clara worked for Bud Peterson’s grocery store until she moved to Emerald, WI in 1970 and went to work at Aamodt’s general store. In 1971 Clara married Frank Wickenhauser and moved to Star Prairie, WI, where she claims to have spent the happiest 17 years of her life. They spent many summers and falls at Clara’s lake cabin near Hayward, WI. After Frank’s death in 1988 she remained in Star Prairie for a year until moving to a senior apartment in New Richmond, WI. She remained there, enjoying needlework and playing cards until 2007 when she moved to Glenhaven. Clara loved the exceptional staff at Glenhaven and was loved back by them in return. Glenwood City is blessed to have this facility available for the provision of high quality living for our elderly. Clara always loved to meet and visit with people during her entire life. She always provided kindness, caring and love to everyone. She was unselfish, preferring to satisfy other needs before her own. The best of all, she had a wonderful sense of humor, she always had a little smile on her face and a playful twinkle in her eye while providing her kindness and caring. She will be sorely missed.

Clara is preceded in death by her parents, husbands Joe and Frank, sons John and Joseph, son-in-law Loyd “Dick” Lundquist, brothers and sisters Frances Sempf, Walter Kolasinski, Joe Kolasinski, Katherine Kaczmarski and John Kolasinski.

Clara is survived by children Mary Lundquist of Haugen, WI and Thomas Chicilo of Springbrook, WI. grandchildren: Deborah (Peter) Gerber, Steven Chicilo, Anne Marie Chicilo, Terri (Paul) Sharpe, Lisa Droen, Todd (Stephanie) Lundquist, Tom Lundquist & Stella Chicilo; 12 great-grandchildren: William, Molly & Joe Gerber, Alex Chicilo, Wade & Corina Sharpe, Skylen Lundquist, Addie Droen, Luke, Arrian, Molly & Connor Lundquist;  great-great grandchildren Logan & Thaniel.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, December 20, 2014 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Glenwood City with father John Long as celebrant. Interment was in the church cemetery. Local arrangements by the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City, WI.