CLARA E. HAGER
DOB: DEC. 30, 1888
DOD: DEC. 28, 1971
Daughter of Charles H and Caroline/Lena (NEE: Kappmeier)
Sister to: Charles H ( Mae Howell), Walter L (Lillian A Bourg), Elsie (Robert D Groeneveld), Herbert Paul, Reinhold William, Loena, Arthur H and Vernon R. Horn
Wife to: Joseph H Hager – Married 1918 the year her mother Caroline’s death
Mother to: Phyllis Hager/Stewart.
CLARA E. HAGER
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Spingdler-Koelling Crete chapel for Mrs. Clara E. Hager, 82 of Crete, who died Tuesday afternoon at the Suburban Convalescent center, South Chicago Heights.
Photo form a book “Crete Remembered”
by Carol Triebold and Phyllis Monk
Mrs. Hager lived at 477 North street in Crete.
She was a lifelong resident of Crete, having been born there December 30, 1888. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran church of Crete, the Ladies Aid of the church and the Crete Women’s club.
The Rev. A.T. Kretzman, pastor of Trinity, will officiate. Entombment will be in the Beecher Mausoleum. Friends may call at the funeral home after 10 a.m. Thursday and until time of the services on Friday.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph; a daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Stewart of Gary, IN; a sister, Mrs. Elsie Groeveld of Joliet; a brother, Vernon R. Horn of Aurora; three grand-children, and two great-grand-children.
What the obituary does not tell us is that Clara’s brothers; Walter, Charles, Arthur, Reinhold & Vernon lived with the Clara and Joseph from 1918 thru 1940. Clara’s mother died in 1918 the year of her marriage to Joseph, her father Charles, a former mayor of Crete was tragically killed in a train crash in 1905.
According to newspaper accounts, Arthur’s wife; Caroline Struve (NEE Kappmeier) and Clara’s mother Lena Horn (Nee Kappmeier) were cousins.
Because Clara’s headstone, along with a large portion of the Horn family compartment within the mausoleum, was destroyed by vandals, a temporary wood panel was installed. The information is incomplete and partially incorrect. It will be completed when possible.
to the Horn
Editor’s note: you’ll notice Clara’s replacement headstone has her middle initial as “T” and the wrong birth date. Clara’s marble headstone was so badly broken by vandals, we could not tell for sure what her middle initial and day of birth was. We will correct her temporary headstone marking in the future.