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Clara Lucille Wance, 93

Posted 1/12/2018

Clara Lucille Wance, 93, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Schowalter Villa in Hesston. 

Clara was born Jan. 17, 1924, in McPherson to Adam and Agnes Unruh Ratzlaff. 

She and her twin brother, Clinton were the youngest of 5 children and grew up on a farm near Durham. 

She was baptized in October 1940 by Pastor John Eppy at the Friedenstahl (Peace Valley) Mennonite Church. 

She married the love of her life, John Wance, in November 1947. 

John and Clara had three children: Janice, who died as an infant in 1949, and Susan Kennedy, currently of Barcelona, Spain, and Steven of Holden, Missouri. 

Clara had five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Clara retired from the Bethel Deaconess Hospital’s dietary department in 1986. She and her husband then spent the next 20 years delivering for Meals on Wheels. Clara also volunteered on the Harvey County Election Board for 15 years. 

Clara and John moved to Schowalter Villa in 2005. John passed away in 2009. 

Clara became a member of First Mennonite Church in Newton in 1957. 

Along with her parents,  husband and daughter, Clara is preceded in death by her brothers Wesley and Clinton Ratzlaff; and two sisters Hilda Mitchell and Frances Decker. 

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, at the chapel of Schowalter Villa in Hesston. 

Graveside and interment services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, followed by a luncheon at First Mennonite Church in Newton. 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6-7 p.m.

 A memorial has been established with the Mennonite Central Committee, contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Ks. 67114.

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