Clara Grabenstein, 97 - January 03, 2012
Clara Lillian (Holbein) Grabenstein, 97, of Eustis died on Jan. 3, 2012 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, Jan. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church in Eustis with family receiving friends at 5 p.m.
Services will be on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 3:30 p.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis with the Rev. Beverly Rautenberg-Panko officiating. Burial will be in the East Cemetery at Eustis
Peterson was born on Nov. 19, 1914, in Eustis to Christian (Charlie) Holbein and Marie (Reiker) Holbein. She attended in Eustis and graduated High School in May of 1933
On April 27, 1941, she married Paul Grabenstein. They resided on Dan Grabenstein’s farm stead southwest of Eustis until their retirement, Dec. 31, 1979. They moved to Eustis where Clara lived until moving to Stone Hearth Estates in December of 2007. As life partners, Paul and Clara enjoyed the blessings of raising their family: Gene, Janet, Lyle and Phyllis, on their farm-ranch.
Grabenstein enjoyed the fine art of homemaking and was known for her hospitality. She loved to garden and tend her roses, attended concerts, sang in choirs, sewed clothes for herself and family and loved to travel.
She was baptized, confirmed and married at St John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis, where she was active in the Mary Martha Bible Study, Serving Circles and quilting for Lutheran World Relief. She assisted many youth as a leader for the Rolling Meadows 4-H Club of Frontier County. She was also active in the Nebraska Cowbelles, and Stockgrowers Association, Petals Garden Club and The Red Hats Society.
Her delight was in the lives of her children and their activities, the family said. She was especially proud of her nine grandchildren attending their games and concerts. She loved holding her eight great-grandbabies. They all loved her homemade pretzels, according to the family.
Grabenstein was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Paul in January 1991; her brothers Harold Holbein, Edwin Holbein, Paul Holbien; and sisters Elsie Hueftle and Martha Hansen.
She is survived by: children—Gene Grabenstein of Eustis; Janet and husband Don Fleischmann of Cozad; Lyle and his wife Lonna of Eustis; and Phyllis and her husband Jon Svoboda of Elkhorn; grandchildren—Terri and husband Dave Bierbower of Lincoln, and their children Jillian and Joel; Shane Grabenstein of Casa Grande, AZ and son Hayden; Todd and his wife Tricia and their children Cooper and Cailey of Smithfield; Ben and his wife Cindy of Omaha, and their sons Miles and Quincy; Kristen and her husband Douglas Blayney and their son, Carter of Gretna; Adam Grabenstein and his wife Kelsey of Eustis; Daniel Svoboda of Omaha; Brandon Fleischmann of Shawnee Mission, KS; Nicholas Svoboda of Omaha; Linda Grabenstein of Gothenburg.
Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis or to the donor’s choice in her memory.
Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.
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