Clara Barondeau

Clara Barondeau
Date of Birth: May 01, 1923
Died on: May 08, 2019

Clara Barondeau, 96, of Aberdeen and formerly of Conde, passed away May 8, 2019 at Avera Mother Joseph Manor, Aberdeen.

Clara Janet Deis was born May 1, 1923 at Onaka South Dakota to Lorenz and Theresa Feist Deis. She attended school in Onaka. While growing up she helped her father on the family farm.

Clara was united in marriage to Lewis Albert Barondeau on January 10, 1943 at Be Ventura mission in Ventura, California where Lewis was stationed in the army. They later moved to South Benning Georgia and when Lewis was transferred to Europe during World War II. Clara lived with her sister Theresa Schmidt in Aberdeen South Dakota. While in Aberdeen, Clara worked as a nurse’s aide at St Luke’s Hospital.

When the war ended, Clara and Lewis moved to his family farm near Onaka. They farmed there for 4 years, and then moved to a farm northeast of Conde, South Dakota. They lived there for 43 years. Clara and Lewis sold their beloved farm to their daughter Rosemary and her husband Lynn Sanderson in 1992 and built Clara’s dream house in Conde. The couple shared 65 years of marriage Before Lewis passed away November 4, 2008.

In September 2009, Clara sold her home in Conde, SD and moved to Aberdeen where she enjoyed the daily activities of living at Davis Court. Clara later moved to Nano Nagle Village, and spent the last years of her life living at Mother Joseph Manor in Aberdeen, SD. Clara was a lifelong member of the Catholic Daughters of America and also a member of St John the Baptist church for 51 years where she was an active member of the Alter Society. Clara was a life member of the Conde Legion Auxiliary, a member of the Conde Civic Development for several years and a member of the Turton VFW Legion Auxiliary.

Clara enjoyed being a homemaker and working alongside her husband in the fields, and raising Herford cattle, chickens and pigs. Clara will always be remembered for her delicious home cooked meals, caramel rolls, and kuchen. She was a second mother to Dale Wilkerson, a classmate of her son Lewis, who lived with the family during his high school years. Clara was a special aunt to her sister Theresa’s children: Janet Schile, Ron, David, and Charles Schmidt. They spent many summers helping Lewis and Clara while enjoying farm life.

Clara is survived by her children Lewis (Candy) Barondeau of Lutherville, MD; Dwain (Judy) Barondeau of Bismarck, ND; Rosemary Sanderson of Conde, SD; and Margie (Dale) Washnok of Aberdeen, SD. Clara’s grandchildren and great grandchildren: Diana (Mike) Philips of Arnold MD and sons Grayson and Owen: Bradley (Katharine) Barondeau of Ft. WEayne, IN and daughter Maddie: Amy (Jeff) Ladd of St. Louis MO.; Chris Barondeau of Washburn, ND; Jennifer (Rob) Hyk of Sioux Falls, SD and sons Dane and Hudson; Andria (Chris) Bender of Sioux Falls SD daughter Margot and son Gavin; Jacob Sanderson of Lisbon, ND and son Hunter; Rebecca Washnok of Harrisburg SD; and James (Katie) Washnok of Aberdeen, SD and son Jett. Clara’s sister- in- law Mary Barondeau, Aberdeen, SD, and Rhea Joyce Barondeau of Faulkton, SD. Clara is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents, Lorenz and Theresa Deis, her Husband Lewis, four brothers and seven sisters, one son-in-law, Lynn Sanderson, and her special nephew, David Schmidt.


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