Clara J. Henry, 93, Pine Island
Clara J. Henry, age 93, of Pine Island, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at her home surrounded by family. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at United Methodist Church in Pine Island with Pastor Carolyn Westlake officiating. Following the service the burial will be in the Pine Island Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral arrangements are made with Mahn Funeral Home - Mahler Chapel.
Clara Julia Sheppard was born on July 30, 1922 to Joseph and Laura Sheppard in Mantorville. Clara graduated from Mantorville High School in 1940. She married John Thomas Henry on Aug. 27, 1941 in Rochester. Clara and Tom farmed in Cherry Grove Township, Goodhue County. She and Tom often went dancing in the 1940s. Clara cared for Tom when he was ill with emphysema in the 1970s. After he passed in 1974, she sold the farm and moved to Pine Island. Clara also worked at Telex and Dayton’s from the 1960s to the 1990s.
Clara met Richard McGowan after she moved to Pine Island; they traveled together, went dancing and married on Jan. 6, 1996. Clara believed in being involved in the community. She served on the Pine Island Methodist Council for many years and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Clara came from a close family of ten children, they often gathered for holidays and birthdays. She loved holidays and having her children home. She decorated extensively for every holiday. After Clara retired she made lots of banana bread and chocolate chip cookies. She always wanted cookies ready for her two grandsons. But the joy of her final years was having a great-grandson; she smiled every time she saw him or a picture of him.
Clara is survived by her children, Carolyn Johnson, Richard (Vonna) Henry, Bruce (Mary) Henry and Cindy Henry; two grandsons, Matthew (Liz Larson) Johnson and Ryan (Missy) Henry and one cherished great-grandson William Henry.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, four sisters, Irene Streiff, Iris Scheisser, Mavis Kienlen and Lois Salley; five brothers, Herbert, Neil, Howard, Floyd, and Marvin Sheppard; and son-in-law Thomas Johnson.
Memorials are preferred to American Diabetes Association or Pine Island Methodist Church.