CLARA E. HAGER
DOB: December 30, 1888
Crete, IL USA
DOD: December 28, 1971
South Chicago Heights, IL USA
Suburban Convalescent Center
Daughter of Charles H. and Caroline/Lena (nee Kappmeyer) Horn
Sister to: Charles H. (Mae Howell), Walter L. (Lillian A. Bourg), Elsie (Robert D. Groenveld), Herbert Paul (wife unknown), Reinhold William, Loena, Arthur H. and Vernon R. (Helen M. Howland) Horn
Wife of Joseph A. Hager, married in 1918, the year her mother Caroline died
Mother to: Phyllis Hager Hensley(Joseph H.) Stewart
CLARA E. HAGER
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Spindler-Koelling Crete chapel for Mrs. Clara E. Hager, 82 of Crete, who died Tuesday afternoon at the Suburban Convalescent Center, South Chicago Heights.
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, Ind.; a sister, Mrs. Elsie Groenveld of Joliet; a brother, Vernon R. Horn of Aurora; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Neither Clara’s nor Joseph’s obituaries tell us that Clara’s brothers Walter, Charles, Arthur, Reinhold & Vernon lived with Clara and Joseph from 1918 thru 1940.
Walter was married in 1921 and left the family home.
Clara’s mother died in 1918, the year Clara married Joseph, and Clara & Joseph took over the care of the family.
Clara’s sister Elsie was married in 1914
Clara’s father Charles, the son of the first mayor of Crete, was tragically killed in a train crash in 1905.
Because Clara’s headstone, along with a large portion of the Horn family compartment within the mausoleum, was destroyed by vandals in the mid 1980’s, we are in the process of trying to obtain white Colorado Yule Quarry “Lincoln Gold Vein” marble needed to replace the missing panels.
Due to the damage, we aren’t certain which crypts contain the remains of Caroline, Arthur & Clara
Clara’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
According to newspaper accounts, Arthur Struve’s wife, Caroline Struve (nee Kappmeyer) and Clara Hager’s mother, Caroline “Lena” Horn (nee Kappmeyer) were first cousins.