Clara Bartell, 83, of Mason City, IA, died Monday, April 13, 2015, at the Manly Nursing and Rehab Center. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 213 N. Pennsylvania Avenue with Pastor Kathy Graves officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Wednesday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue and continue at the church 1 hour prior to the service. Memorials may be directed to the Clara Bartell Memorial Fund. Clara was born April 24, 1931 in Mason City the daughter of Bert M. and Laura B. (Vedvik) Holmen. She was the only sibling of four who was born in the United States. She attended school in Mason City. Clara married Lyle C. Bartell Sr. May 1, 1948 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City. A few of her interests included reading, crossword puzzles and shopping. She enjoyed vacationing with her family, was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was extremely proud of her Norwegian heritage. Clara is survived by a son, Lyle (Beth) Bartell Jr. of Mason City; daughter, Dan (Linda) Clarke of Mason City; 2 grandchildren, Matthew (Hillary) Bartell and Tracy (Scott) Albrecht; 3 great grandchildren, Hannah and Hattie Albrecht and Gracie Bartell; 1 sister, Marie (Donald) Robinette of Greenfield, Wisconsin; sister-in-law, LaMae Holmen of Minneapolis, Minnesota; several nieces and nephews. Clara was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Lyle Bartell Sr.; daughter, Laurie Bartell; 2 brothers, Arvid and John Holmen; sister-in-law, Della Holmen.
Memorials may be directed to the Clara Bartell Memorial Fund.