A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Oct. 3, at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Hillman, with Father Greg Poser officiating.
Clara was born Nov. 2, 1943, in Pierz, to the late William and Regina (Tretter) Hoffman. She grew up in Pierz, where she attended school at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and graduated from Father Pierz Memorial High School. Clara was united in marriage to Leander Brausen, Feb. 23, 1963, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz. The couple began their life together in Minneapolis and later moved back to Hillman in 1965. They have resided in Hillman for many years, which is where they farmed and raised their family. Clara enjoyed playing cards, taking care of her flowers and most of all spoiling her children and grandchildren. The loves of her life were her children and her farm in Hillman. Clara will forever be remembered for her famous lemon pie with the best crust and her willingness to help anybody that was in need. She was a mother that would go without, so her children would have what they needed. Clara was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Clara is survived by her husband, Leander Brausen of Hillman; children, Leander “Shorty” Brausen of Hillman, Rocky and Jamie Hoheisel of Hillman, Sandy Brausen of Hillman and Tammy and Carly Kieffer of Hillman; brothers, Gerald (Lorraine) Hoffman of Royalton and Bobby (Theresa) Hoffman of Pierz; sister, Annella (Clarence) Blonigen of St. Martin; grandchildren, Krystal and Everett Davis of Fergus Falls, Zachery (Kaylie) and Brock (Kendra) Kieffer of Hillman; yaya’s special children, Brandon Winscher and Charlie Okroi; godchildren, Krystal Davis and Kevin Blonigen; and special dog, Scooter.
Clara was preceded in death by parents, William and Regina Hoffman; brothers, Ted Hoffman, Richard Hoffman and a baby brother; mother and father-in-law, Joseph and Helen Brausen; and three special angels.