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Clara W. Solon

Clara W. Solon, 95, formerly of Kadoka, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, SD.

A memorial Mass and inurnment of ashes will take place at a later date.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial and interment will take place at a later date.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Clara Wilhelmina Bocena Schulz was born October 5, 1911, in Interior to Heinrich C. and Anna Gulzow Schulz, in a house built by her father and grandfather. The family moved back and forth between that home and the Schulz homestead dugout above the Badland wall.

When Clara started to school, she could speak only German. She attended the Interior School for 11 years, then spent her senior year working for the Joe Patton family in Rapid City and attending Rapid City High School where she graduated in 1929. She attended Black Hills Teachers' College and taught at the Potato Creek, Butte and Rock Springs schools in Washabaugh County.

During her girlhood years in Interior, she worked at the drugstore for George and Emily Palmer and also helped care for the Palmer children. When drought and the Depression caused many rural schools to close and fewer teachers were needed, Clara moved to Kadoka and worked at the Dakota Hotel. Later, she was employed as housekeeper by Charlie and Ann Hunt.

On August 22, 1934, Clara married Francis P. Solon. They made their home on the ranch south of Weta where they reared their family. Francis died in 1963 and Clara continued to live in the country until 1982 when she moved to Kadoka. She was an active member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church and Altar Society, Legion Auxiliary and Kadoka Hospital Auxiliary.

Clara was known for her cooking, especially homemade bread, cinnamon rolls and cookies. She liked to quilt and crochet until her eyesight failed. She was "Grandma Clara" to many children besides her own.

In August 1999, she moved to Silverleaf Assisted Living in Philip, and in November 2005 to the Philip Nursing Home.

Survivors include one son, John (Carol) Solon, Kadoka; five daughters, Eleanor Solon, O.S.B., Rapid City, Mary (Dale) Lewis, Wasta, Helen (Larry) Pfeifer, Philip, Gen O'Callaghan, David City, NE, and Winnie (Doug) Bell, Fountain Valley, CA; 16 grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous step-great-grandchildren; two nieces, Cherie (Don) Brown, Rapid City, and Trish Kiely, Corte Madera, CA; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Francis; a sister and a brother-in-law, Gretchen and Lyn Gladstone; and a son-in-law, Blaine O'Callaghan.