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Clara Jane Somsel, 85, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 1:10 a.m. in Brooke Knoll Village of Avon.
Clara was born on Dec. 4, 1931 in Logansport to the late Carl F. and Clara Gaby (Winder) Fairchild. On Dec. 2, 1950 in Logansport she married William "Bill" Somsel who survives. They were happily married 67 years and lifelong residents of Logansport.
Clara was a faithful member of the New Life Alliance Church in Logansport, serving in various capacities. She retired from the RBM (White-Rogers), where she worked for thirty-five years. Bill and Clara were avid campers and active in the Campfire Corn Poppers camping club.
Clara is survived by her husband Bill and three daughters, Virginia Seeley, Avon; Elaine Hand, Indianapolis; Betty (Gary) Nelms, Avon; three sisters, Fran Neff and Sylvia (Jim) Somsel, both of Logansport; Anna Mae Lawson, South Bend; one brother, Carl Junior (Judy) Fairchild, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Kelly (Thea) Seeley, Angela Seeley, Jason (Amanda) Hand, Michelle (Michael) Johnson, Sarah Hand, Amanda (Jason) Tyner, Derek (Katelyn) Nelms; twenty great grandchildren, Cassidy Seeley, Kira Seeley, Tristen Seeley, Kylee Seeley, Kaia Seeley, Caleb Johnson, Daniel Johnson, Emma Johnson, Gabriella Johnson, Zane Seeley, Rielynn Nelms, Ada Hand, Jadon Hand, Duncan Hand, Faith Hand, Mark Hand, Jonathan Tyner, Abagail Tyner, Annabelle Tyner and Jeremy Tyner; several nieces and nephews.
One sister, Eva Owen, and one son-in-law, Lee Seeley, preceded in death.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Gundrum Funeral Home with pastor Scott Halterman officiating. A burial will follow at Ever-Rest Memorial Park Cemetery.
A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday from 10 a.m. until noon.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Gideon International in memory of Clara Somsel. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
You may sign the guestbook and send online condolences at www.gundrumcares.com
Published on April 27, 2017
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