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Clara Barondeau

May 8, 2019

Mass of Christian Burial for Clara Barondeau, 96, of Aberdeen and formerly of Conde will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 14th at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Groton.  Father Mike Kelly will officiate.  Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Aberdeen under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.

Visitation will be held at the chapel on Monday from 5-6 p.m. with a rosary at 6:00 p.m.

Clara passed away May 8, 2019 at Avera Mother Joseph Manor, Aberdeen.

Clara Janet Deis was born May 1, 1923 at Onaka, SD to Lorenz and Therea Fiest Mitzel Deis. She attended school in Onaka. While growing up she helped her father on the family farm.

Clara was united in marriage to Lewis Albert Barondeau on January 10, 1943 at Be Ventura Mission in Ventura, California where Lewis was stationed in the army.

They later moved to South Benning, Georgia and when Lewis was transferred to Europe during World War II, Clara lived with her sister Theresa Schmidt in Aberdeen, SD. While in Aberdeen, Clara worked as a nurse's aide at St. Luke's Hospital.

When the war ended, Clara and Lewis moved to his family farm near Onaka, SD. They farmed there for four years and then moved to a farm northeast of Conde, SD. They lived and farmed there for 43 years.  Clara and Lewis sold their beloved farm to their daughter, Rosemary and husband, Lynn Sanderson in 1992 and built Clara's dream house in Conde.

The couple shared 65 years of marriage before Lewis passed away on November 4, 2008. In September of 2009, Clara sold her home and moved to Aberdeen where she enjoyed the daily activities of living at Davis Court.  Clara later moved to Nano Nagle Village, and spent the last 4 years of her life living at Mother Joseph Manor in Aberdeen, SD.

Clara was a lifelong member of the Catholic Daughters of America, and also a member of St. John The Baptist Catholic church in Conde for 51 years where she was an active member of the Altar Society. Clara was a life long member of the Conde Legion Auxiliary, a member of Conde Civic Development for several years, and a member of the Turton VFW Legion Auxiliary. 

Clara enjoyed being a homemaker and working alongside of her husband in the fields, and raising Herford cattle, chickens, and pigs. Clara will always be remembered for her delicious home cooked meals, caramel rolls, and apple kuchen.  She was a second mother to Dale Wilkerson, a neighbor and classmate of her son, Lewis, who lived with the family during his high school years. Clara was a special aunt to her sister Theresa's children; Janet Schile, Ron, David, and Chuck Schmidt. They spent many summers helping Clara and Lewis while enjoying farm life. 

Clara is survived by her children,  Lewis (Candy) Barondeau of Lutherville, MD; Dwain (Judy) Barondeau of Bismarck, ND; Rosemary Sanderson of Conde, SD; and Margie  (Dale) Washnok of Aberdeen, SD. Clara's grandchildren and great grandchildren,  Diana (Mike) Phillips of Arnold, MD and sons Grayson and Owen; Bradley (Katharine) Barondeau of Ft. Wayne,  ID and daughter Maddie; Amy (Jeff) Ladd of St. Louis,  MI; Chris Barondeau of Washburn, ND; Jennifer (Rob) Hyk and sons Dane and Hudson of Sioux Falls,  SD; Andria(Chris) Bender and daughter Margot and son Gavin of Sioux Falls,  SD; Jacob Sanderson and son, Hunter of Lisbon, ND; Rebecca Washnok of Harrisburg,  SD; and James(Katie) Washnok and son Jett of Aberdeen,  SD. Clara's sister-in-laws Mary Barondeau of Aberdeen, SD and Rhea Joyce Barondeau of Faulkton, SD. Clara is also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Clara was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lewis; four brothers, seven sisters; her son-in-law Lynn Sanderson, and her special nephew David Schmidt.

Clara requested all her grandchildren to be her Pall Bearers.

Honorary Pall Bearers are all the staff at Mother Joseph Manor.

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