Obits – Clara E. Merchant

Clara E. Merchant
Clara E. Merchant

Clara E. Merchant, age 83, of Mound, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 at the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
Funeral Service was held Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church (5218 Bartlett Blvd.) in Mound with Rev. Mike Michalk and Padre Howie Krienke officiating; visitation was Friday from 4-8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia and at the church one hour prior to the service; prayer service held 7 p.m. Friday Evening.
Clara Emma Merchant was born on July 3, 1929 in Waconia the daughter of Otto and Magdalena (Thun) Bollmann. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia.
Clara was a loving mom, grandma and great-grandma. During Clara’s lifetime, her doors were always open to anyone in need. She took care of many foster children when her own family was still with her, raising them together as a family. She had a passion for working outside in her flower gardens, even selling plants from her home. Clara’s favorite color was red, be it in flowers or any outfit she would wear. In her spare time, Clara liked to go to garage sales.
Clara was preceded in death by her daughter Debra Jean Merchant; father and mother Otto and Magdalena Bollmann;  brothers Erwin, Arthur, Henry, Julius and Raymond Bollmann; sisters Caroline Kuehn, Dorothy Altenhofen, Elsie Pratley, Viola Lovel, Eleanor Krienke, La Verna Curfman, Gertrude Raymer.
Clara is survived by her loving family: sons and daughter-in-law Charles Merchant of Montrose, Mike Merchant Sr. of Big Lake, Jim and Mary Merchant of Mound; grandson Mike Merchant Jr.; great-granddaughter Dakota Rose Henderson; nieces, nephews, foster children and friends.
Casket Bearers Charles Merchant,  Jim Merchant, Mike Merchant Sr., Mike Merchant Jr., Rick Quast, Adam Gerber.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia;