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Clara Dansfield

Clara Helen Dansfield

Saturday, September 3rd, 1927 - Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021
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Obituary

Clara Dansfield passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland from post-surgical complications. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 11 AM at Grace Lutheran Church, 404 Glenlord Rd., St. Joseph, with Pastor Josh Bishop officiating. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 2 PM until 4 PM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Out of respect for the family and guests in attendance, mask and proper social distancing will be required at both the visitation and service. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, https://www.gracestjoseph.org/give or Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation, memo Spectrum Health Lakeland Volunteers, 1234 Napier Ave., St. Joseph, MI 49085. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Clara was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 3, 1927, the oldest of William and Hulda (Arndt) Kuyat’s four children, and the family soon moved to Sodus Michigan.
Clara attended Benton Harbor High School and graduated in 1946. On August 18, 1951, she married Donald Dansfield. Together the two had two sons, James & Gary. After her children were born, Clara went back to work for Whirlpool Corporation as a secretary. While working she also went to night school to obtain an associate’s degree in business. After graduating and during her employment with Whirlpool, she held several management jobs in personnel and benefits areas before retiring in September 1990. After retirement, Clara became a volunteer at Lakeland Hospital donating her time for 30 years, and served as the President of the Lakeland Auxiliary from 2002 -2006. Clara was very independent and enjoyed living on her own, attending services at Grace Lutheran Church and spending time in her garden up until the time of her death. She also took great happiness in traveling in the earlier years of retirement, slowing down in her mid-80’s.

Clara is survived by her sons, James (Carol) Dansfield of St. Joseph, MI and Gary (Karen Roarty) Dansfield of Schenectady, NY; grandchildren, John Dansfield of Columbia, SC and Blake Dansfield of Dublin, OH; sisters, Frieda Williams and Emily Baushke, both of St. Joseph, MI, and sister-in-law, Ester Kuyat of Sodus, MI. She was preceded in death by her parents, William & Hulda; and brother, Carl Kuyat.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 7th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Sunday, March 7th, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    Address
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Out of respect for the family and guests in attendance, mask and proper social distancing will be required at both the visitation and service.
  • Service

    Monday, March 8th, 2021 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, March 8th, 2021 11:00am
    Location
    Grace Lutheran Church - St. Joseph
    Address
    404 E. Glenlord Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Out of respect for the family and guests in attendance, mask and proper social distancing will be required at both the visitation and service.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, https://www.gracestjoseph.org/give or Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation, memo Spectrum Health Lakeland Volunteers, 1234 Napier Ave., St. Joseph, MI 49085.
  • Interment

    Location
    North Shore Memory Gardens
    Address
    5027 M-63 North
    Coloma, MI 49038
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Shirley

Posted at 07:41pm
Jim and Gary: I would like to convey my deepest sympathy for your mother. I worked with your mom for a very long time at Whirlpool. She was my mentor, friend and guidance throughout my career. Even though we hadn't seen each other often we still exchanged Christmas wishes. So glad that she was able to stay in her home for as long as she was alive. She will be greatly missed by all and so sadden to hear of her passing. She was very special! Shirley (Pantelleria) Barrick.
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Ed Dunn

Posted at 07:22pm
Dear Clara was a very special lady in many ways to many people. Personally, she was a good friend and a valued colleague for many years. Not many people know that she was a trailblazer as one of the first female managers at Whirlpool. She was always an outstanding contributor and was a quiet but highly admired role model for other women. I can't remember Clara ever uttering a negative or unflattering word about anyone. Her MO was always and genuinely "How can I help you?" and "Ok, let's solve this problem." Maybe best of all, Clara was a great Mother and Grandmother. There must be a special place in Heaven for this special lady. Rest in peace, Dear Clara. With love and respect, your friend, Ed Dunn.
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sherwood snyder

Posted at 08:41am
Saddened to learn of Clara's passing. We were classmates, BHHS 1946, and the last time we visited was at our, what was it, our 60th class reunion, talk, talk, talk. I send my sincerest condolences to her family. May warm memories ease your sadness.
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