Clara Marie Schanen

Clara Marie Schanen, age 85, of Friendship, Wisconsin passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Friendship.   Father Francis Dias will officiate.  Interment will be at the St. Leo Catholic Cemetery.  Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. until the time of mass on Sunday the church.

Clara was born on October 25, 1934, in Port Washington, Wisconsin to Nicholas and Cecelia Schmit. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School through the 8th grade and then graduated from Port Washington High School.

Clara married Frederick Edward Schanen on September 28, 1957, in Port Washington. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, (she also loved chocolate).

Clara was preceded in death by her parents, Nicholas & Celia Schmit; husband, Frederick “Fritz” Schanen; brothers, Emmy (Florence), Don, Nick, George, and Tom (Diane) Schmit.

She is survived by her son, Kurt (Louise) Schanen of Mosinee, WI; daughter, Sue (Gary) Pieper of Adell, WI; son, Gregg (Julie) Schanen of Wisconsin Rapids, WI son, Paul (Shannon) Schanen of Adams, WI; grandchildren,  Nick Schanen of Stevens Point, WI; Matt Schanen of Arkdale, WI; Katie Schanen of Stevens Point; Gary (Valerie) Pieper Jr. of Fredonia, WI; John Pieper of Fredonia; Dan (Nicole) Pieper of West Bend, WI; Victoria Pieper of West Allis, WI; Amanda (Jason) Reimer of Stevens Point; Lisa (William) Dortch of Campbellsport, WI; Gregory (Hayley) Schanen of Kronenwetter, WI; Austin Martinez, Emily Schanen, Allison Schanen all of Adams; great-grandchildren,  Ellie McMahn, Nathan Reimer, Nolan Reimer, Ian Reimer, Owen Reimer all of Stevens Point; Madalyn Dortch, Noah Dortch, Wyatt Dortch all of Campbellsport; sisters-in-law,  Ruth Blecha of Port Washington; Rosie (Tom) Watry of Cecil, WI; Jenny Schmit of Kansas City, MO; Pat Schmit of Cedarburg, WI, and Joann Schmit of Saukville, WI.

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  1. Alice Parks says:

    So sorry to hear this. I enjoyed working with Clara at Pineland Grade school.

  2. Jodi Lecy Helgeson says:

    Sue, Kurt and family,
    My sympathy on the loss of your mother.

  3. Paula and Dan Schmit says:

    Our thoughts and condolences are with the family. Clara was a great and fun aunt; she will be missed and always remembered. We regret winter weather kept us from being there, but our hearts and prayers are.

  4. MHein says:

    My condolences to you and your family

  5. The Maxwell Family says:

    Out thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. Our deepest sympathies for your loss.

  6. Ray and Cheri Witz says:

    Ray and I are sending our prayers and condolences to your family.

  7. Susan Moran says:

    To Clara’s family, so sorry to hear of your loss. I so enjoyed working with your mom. Hugs and prayers to all. RIP Clara.

  8. Donna M. Walsh says:

    To all of the family we express our condolences. Though we relatives in Kansas City cannot be at the services due to a major winter storm, we are with you in heart and we share your loss.

  9. Tonya Dye says:

    Sorry for you loss

  10. Christina Schanen says:

    I’m sorry for your loss.

  11. Margaret Myers says:

    Sue and family, l am sorry for the loss of your mother and thinking of you during this very sad time.

  12. Allen Baumgartner Sr & Family says:

    Sorry for you loss , That Lord must have needed an Angel in Heaven. RIP

  13. Curtie and Michelle Pollex says:

    Sending prayers of comfort to your whole family. She sounds like she was a wonderful lady. God’s Peace~😇

  14. Linda Voight says:

    So sorry for your loss, you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. pat Jodarski says:

    Sorry due tohealth will not be able to attend claras funeral but prayers and candles when I am able to Beautiful lady with a beautiful heart

  16. Judy Alderman says:

    So sorry for your family’s loss

  17. Pat,Rick, and Joshua Raught says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of a feisty, funny lady. We shared many good times at our bar and at Fritz and Claras home. We are thinking and praying for your whole family.

  18. rosalyn goodhue says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May God wrap his arms around the families. Rest in Peace Clara

  19. Peggy Sleeman says:

    So sorry for your families loss.
    Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  20. Peggy Lecy says:

    So sorry on your loss