Haas, Clara 1
- Born: Apr 8, 1907, Mascoutah, St. Clair, Illinois, USA
- Marriage: Anstedt, Eugene on Feb 1, 1928
- Died: Jan 14, 1992 at age 84
- Buried: Mascoutah, St. Clair, Illinois, USA
Clara & Eugene lived on the farm on North Sixth Street from the time they got married until 1946. They lived in the town of Mascoutah at 15 North Fourth Street from 1946 to 1950. It was here that Clara died in her sleep, with the covers tucked under her chin and her rosary in her hand. Father Hartlein told Leona that God had taken her by the hand and led her home.
We had been with her on December 29, 1991. We went to dinner at Tony’s in Mascoutah. After dinner Leona took us for a trip down Memory Lane - Dr. Lischer’s old office, my old high school, etc. Clara fixed lunch for us in the evening.
My earliest recollection of Clara was when I was about four years old and she took me along to watch her ice skate on Yarber’s pond. It was a moonlit night. I tried to slide on the ice and she said: “You act like you’re walking on eggs.”
I remember the sock doll she made for me from a pair of men’s work socks, tan and white heather with red heel and white cuff. His name was Leroy. When he got dirty, she would cover him with a new pair of socks. By the time she got married, Leroy was fat from the many layers of coverings.
I remember her future husband coming to call on her. I remember her wedding; I was her flower girl. I remember her coming home from the hospital in tears. I remember their sixteen-day-old baby boy, who died of pneumonia at Barnes Hospital, lying in a casket in our front room and lots of people coming to pay their respects.
Sometimes Clara & Eugene would come for Sunday dinner and Clara would say that she wasn’t hungry. When dinner was over, Gene would say: “If that’s what you eat when you’re not hungry, I’d hate to see what you eat when you are hungry.”
I remember the delicious angel food cakes she made. That was before packaged mixes.
After Mom died, I would see Clara about once a year. She would always tell me that when I was born, Mom would let her take care of me and that she had a real live doll.
After our children were grown, we sisters started to exchange birthday cards. When Clara would think of my birthday, it would be too late for it to arrive on time, so she would send a valentine instead. I’ll miss her valentine. I’ll miss her.
Clara married Eugene Anstedt, son of Jacob Anstedt and Adele Chatlin, on Feb 1, 1928. (Eugene Anstedt was born on Nov 20, 1906, died on May 24, 1986 and was buried in Mascoutah, St. Clair, Illinois, USA.)