Claudia Marie (Garrett) Obermiller, 73, of Farwell passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island, Nebraska due to complications from the COVID-19 virus. Cremation will take place.
In consideration of the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place, there will be a Celebration of Life Service held at a later date at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Dannebrog. Burial will be in the Kelso Cemetery by Farwell.
Honorary Pallbearers include Delvin Baldwin, Ryan Jerabek, Ted Kohtz, Tim Aitkin, David Lukasiewicz, Robert Esau and David Snider.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for later designation. Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.jacobsengreenway.com.
Claudia was born September 25, 1946 in Montezuma, Iowa, (Powerhiek County) the only child of Everett & Helen Marie (Bone) Garrett.
During her childhood she lived on farms near Deep River and Montezuma Iowa. She attended grade school in Deep River and Montezuma, Iowa and graduated from Des Moines Tech High, Iowa in 1964. She attended college at Northwest School of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated in 1966. After college she worked at Sacred Heart Hospital in Loup City, Nebraska. She lived with the John and Rose Koperski family in Farwell while working in Loup City and loved their family.
Claudia was united in marriage to Jerry Eugene Obermiller on November 16, 1968 at St. Peders Faith Lutheran Church in Nysted, Nebraska. They lived in Farwell, Nebraska for two years and then moved to the family farm south west of Farwell where she continued to live. In recent years due to failing health, she was in several different nursing homes in the area.
Due to the generous hearts of Claudia & Jerry, two children were adopted by them, Christy Marie in 1975 and Patrick Shane in 1980.
Claudia was never a city person, always a deep hearted country girl and very proud to be a farm wife and livestock producer. She loved being a Mom and cherished her family and friends. She enjoyed being outside with her cattle, horses and chickens. Her greatest passion was raising her purebred kittens for many years. She spent many hours at her computer researching her family history through her love of genealogy. She enjoyed going to many elementary schools and talking to the students about the Native Americans and American History. She enjoyed several trips to Wyoming to visit the cast of Longmire and she really loved Willie Nelson’s music. She spent many hours watching her favorite show, “Gunsmoke.” It was always a treat for her to visit her longtime classmate and friend, Judy Rodish in Iowa. While in the Rose Lane Nursing Home in Loup City, she became good friends with Mildred Lewandowski her roommate and Irene Woitalewicz.
She was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Dannebrog, Nebraska.
She was survived by her son, Patrick Obermiller of Grand Island; cousins, Cynthia & Timothy Aitken & family of Dannebrog; Tana Fuson Brogden & David Brogden & family of Oregon, LeRoy & Virginia Teichmeier & family of Ravenna, Frank & Charlotte Case & family of Lincoln, Kenneth & Sherill Teichmeier & family of Texas, Dewey & Colleen Mieth & family of Rockville, Mr. & Mrs. Earl Teichmeier & family of Loup City, Al & Peggy Golden & family of Bridgeport; friends, Delvin & Yvonne Baldwin of Farwell, Todd & Julie Nitsch & family of Boelus, Grant & Sandra Davis & family of Dannebrog, Glen & Ina Dudley of Farwell, Kelly & Beth Cumming & family of Dannebrog Ryan & Lisa Jerabek & family of Farwell, Ted Kohtz & family of Boelus, David Lukasiewicz & family of Grand Island, Susan Kyhn & family of Boelus, Robert & Vicki Esau & family of Texas, David & Paula Snider & family of Lincoln, Judy Rodish & family of Iowa, Joyce (& the late Udell) Jess & family of Grand Island, Gerald & Peggy Jess of Farwell, Irvin & Mary Ann Baldwin & family of Cairo, David & Rashelle Grim & family of Farwell.
Claudia was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Obermiller on November 15, 2006; daughter, Christy Obermiller on June 27, 1988; father and mother, Everett & Helen Garrett; stepfather, Russell Tobis; father-in-law & mother-in-law, Elmer & Frieda Obermiller; her grandparents; and many aunts, uncles, & cousins.
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