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Clarence A. Aase

Clarence A. Aase, age 99 of Mondovi, passed away peacefully on September 10, 2016 at the American Lutheran Home of Mondovi. He was born on March 20, 1917 in the Town of Naples, Buffalo County, WI to the late Carl and Anna (Bjorgo) Aase. On March 19, 1939, Clarence was united in marriage to Ruby Schultz at the Lutheran Church parsonage in Mondovi. To this union, two sons were born. Together, Clarence and his wife farmed in West Bennett Valley until they moved to the City of Mondovi. Clarence spent several years as an employee at the Farmers Store. Clarence then began a career as a butcher at Gunderson Meat Lockers in Mondovi until his retirement. Clarence, during his retirement was a funeral assistant for the Edison funeral home and later the Poeschel funeral home. As a child, Clarence was baptized and confirmed at West Bennett Valley Lutheran Church, now Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Clarence has been a longtime and faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mondovi, serving and in many different capacities throughout the years. He was a man of true faith. Clarence had a love for horses. When it came time to sell his horses, he sold them to family...so he could go and visit them. He will be long remembered for his love of the Lord, a kind and gentle man with a dry yet quick humor. He was a playful man with a deep devotion for his entire family. His face would beam whenever he saw them. Clarence will be sadly missed by his wife of the past 77 years, Ruby of Mondovi; sons, Galen and Audrey of Mondovi and Loren and Kathryn of Albert Lea, MN; grandchildren, Michael C. (Pam) Aase, Beth Kanthak, Kristi (Jeff) Mecikalski, Becky (Tom) Kuntz, Deanne (Andrew) Fefer, Dawn (Jeff) Messner and Bryan (Christie) Aase; great grandchildren, Michael B., Lauren, Mercedez, Austin, Cole, Nora, Benjamin to whom shares a birthday with his great grandpa, and Carson; Also by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends both young and old. Besides his parents, Clarence was preceded in death by his siblings, Ella Hovey, Isabelle Rosenthal, Bendick Aase and Inez Lunderville. Funeral services will be held for Clarence on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Church, Mondovi with Pastor Norman Ruthenbeck officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Mondovi. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 16 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Talbot Family Funeral Home, Mondovi Chapel and again on Saturday at the church one hour prior to the service.

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I was sad to read the obituary of Clarence Aase in the Mondovi Paper. Though I didn't really know him personally, I do remember him from the Farmer's Store. I know he and my Dad, Stan Melrose were friends. The story that just absolutely fascinates me is the 50th Anniversary of son Galen and his wife, when Clarence and Ruby attended as did her parents. Not many couples could bragg that all 4 of the parents were alive, but were able to drive and get to the celebration. Just amazing! I observed the placement of his obituary next to that of Evelyn Weiss who was almost the same age and were born just a few miles apart. I wonder if they knew each other. Please know I'm thinking of the Aase family during this difficult time. Myrna Melrose Ridings Richardson, TX

Myrna Melrose Ridings Sep 24 2016 4:19 PM

Jackie and I have been close friends with Loren & Kathy. We were out of town and just got home and found that my pal's father passed. Jackie and I want to send out prayers and thoughts to Loren & Kathy for their loss. This also is a very interesting day today here in Minnesota. Loren I'm certain your father is looking down with high hopes for a win. GOD BLESS YOU GUYS AND YOUR FAMILY !

Jack & Jackie Luedke Sep 18 2016 6:26 PM

So sorry to read about Clarence's death this morning in the Mondovi Hearld...what a nice write up about a wonderful man-your father. Cherish the memories and "Keep Looking Up! Love, Benita "Be"

Benita Parker Sep 17 2016 6:22 AM

Clarence was my right hand, when I worked as a licensed funeral director at Edison Funeral Home. He was willing to take on any task, no matter the time of day (sometimes early and often very late). He lit up when he talked about his family. I thoroughly enjoyed the moments we had and he will always have a special place in my heart. Grateful to have shared a small portion of his journey.

Joy Harmon Sep 16 2016 9:23 PM

I had the pleasure of Clarence's assistance as my right hand, when I worked as a funeral director at Edison Funeral Home. He was great company and always willing to lend a hand, no matter the task or time of day. He talked lovingly about his family and shared many wonderful stories. It was an honor to have made his acquaintance and to have shared in his journey. He will always have a special place in my heart. -Joy Harmon, Austin, Texas

Joy Harmon Sep 16 2016 9:08 PM

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Beth Sep 14 2016 5:11 PM

AASE THANKSGIVING 2010 (Stories submitted by Grandpa & Grandma's family.) Continued... Ah, a nice warm day at Grandma and Grandpas. What great fun on the swing set with a friendly neighbor girl under the shade of the magical helicopter tree. Picking a few of the beautiful purple flowers that grew next to the house as Grandma hung out the laundry and Grandpa mowed the lawn. Endless trips around the block on a bike. The best partGrandma put cookies in the front white basket AND a root beer float in a fancy glass was awaiting my return. Get your duds on! I heard mom say. Guess its time to go home for now. Dawn Grandma and I used to go for trips downtown (pretty sure we walked) and wed go to the old Gundersons locker plant (now across from the public library) where grandpa worked and see him. One of the benefits was that they always had a dish of lemon drops free for the taking. Mike Several years ago on a warm summer day, Clarence, Ruby, Galen & Audrey drove to Iowa to attend Glen Nyres wedding. Clarences car was the transportation. We had a safe trip and all had a good time. On our way home that evening, we stopped in Gilmanton to check out the Gilmanton Fair. We didnt stay long at the fair, but were told by someone there (perhaps Ruth) that she had seen Loren at the fair. That couldnt be as Loren was in Vietnam and was not due for furlough for another 30 days!! We drove back to Mondovi and when Galen & Audrey arrived home, they noticed that their car was missing. Hmmm, had someone stolen the car, or was Loren really home? It didnt make sense as Loren had no keys to Galens car!! Before we got too excited and called the police, our car drove in, with Loren at the wheel! Loren had hot-wired Galens car (he didnt need keys), and the mystery was solved. It was ironic though, as sometime during our trip that day, Ruby saw a helicopter and commented that maybe it was Loren coming home early from Vietnam. Galen Even though the parades were short on Memorial Day, I always looked forward to going to Grandpa & Grandmas house. I liked standing on the corner watching Grandpa Loren march by and then watching him fire the gun at the ceremony. Grandpa Clarence would usually come out to the ceremony, but Grandma Ruby would stay in the car all depending on the weather. I remember the shelter where they would sit and my mom and I would be on the grass. I cant remember a warm Memorial Day celebration, but I dont remember one ever being cancelled. After the ceremony, I would find Grandpa Loren and he would give me the blank shell from the gun. Ben ************************************************************************Some of my favorite foods when visiting Grandpa & Grandma were cottage cheese, grape juice, macaroni-n-cheese and cheesecake. With a wink and a smile, Grandpa would always eat my other food, so I could have my favorites and dessert. AND if I can pass blame for my sweet tooth I would have to place blame on Grandmaright Grandma? I believe my first exposure with dentures was with GrandpasIm still scarred from that experience, but in a good way!! :relaxed: My older brother and sister used to pretend they were on the radio and record radio shows. During one of their shows, they interviewed me when I was just learning to talk. They said, Do you have anything to say? I said, I love gumpa! Deanne ************************************************************************I remember dad going deer hunting, and as I got older I would go with him. On Sunday night, wed bring the deer home and usually take them to Gundersons locker for processing. However, on a couple of occasions I remember bringing them home to the house and hanging them in the garage, setting up a couple of tables, and grandpa, dad and I skinning, de-boning and processing the deer ourselves. Funny, isnt it, that when I was going to school in Eau Claire that I worked part time at Bobs IGA i

Beth Sep 14 2016 5:03 PM

AASE THANKSGIVING 2010 (Stories submitted by Grandpa & Grandma's family.) Continued... One of my favorite memories of Grandpa & Grandma is watching Lawrence Welk. If I remember correctly, Saturday night at 9:00pm or maybe it was done at 9:00 pm, but whenever I get the opportunity to see the oldies on TV I take a quick look and feel like a little girl again sitting on the davenport at Grandpa & Grandmas house. I can remember living down the block from grandma & grandpa (2 houses and across the street) and watching them build the extra room onto the back of their house. I would go over there with my hardhat on and play in the dirt. I also remember going to visit my two best friends Otto and Obby: one who lived next to us and the other between grandma and grandpas house and our house. They were both bachelors and were probably in their 80s. Mike ************************************************************************Growing up, Grandma and Grandpa watched us when mom and dad were at work. Grandma would tape us singing while she played the organ or record us singing to records. I frequently would get in trouble because I would start giggling and couldnt stop. She would stop the song and tell me to stop laughing but I never could! I blamed my sister a lot but in actuality, I just had the giggles. Deanne ************************************************************************Every time I went over to Grandma and Grandpas house, I would get a cupcake cup filled with coins. Austin ************************************************************************Remember when Galen & Clarence bought their first snow blower? Of course, this was after years of using child labor (me!) to manually shovel our driveway. Anyway, I digress. Im not sure who build the sled they used to transport it between the two houses, but I remember grandpa pulling the sled with John Deere snow blower strapped to it behind what I believe was a Plymouth Gran Fury. Mike ************************************************************************Some of my fondest memories of Grandpa: Always finding a reason to go the Tastee Freeze or Dairy Queen for ice cream Taking us on drives where we got to direct him on where to go Visiting him at the locker where his apron would be covered in cow innards and wanting us to hug him :relaxed: Taking us on drives to see the Christmas lights on Christmas Eve while we waited for Santa to come Grandpa always found time for us and let us know we were loved :relaxed: Kristi

Beth Sep 14 2016 5:02 PM

AASE THANKSGIVING 2010 (Stories submitted by Grandpa & Grandma's family.) Continued... My favorite memory of Grandpa: This memory pretty much coincided with my memories of Grandma. Because the more we eat, means that there are more containers to go in the garbage. And when I heard Grandma say Clarence, the trash if full!!!!! I ran and got my shoes on, and was so excited, because Grandpa and I were headed out to do our chores. First off, he had to empty the kitchen garbage, while I was impatiently waiting outside by the side garage door to get in there to load the car up with the rest of the trash. Oh yeh, we were headed to the dump! Not only that, but I got to sit in the front seat with Grandpa, and for some reason, the click, click noise when the blinker was on, mesmerized me all the way out of town. And every time I hear that noise in an old classic car, it always reminds me of Grandpa. Once we got there, Grandpa let me throw those bags as far as I could, then go get it, and do it all over again. For some reason, I had a blast there, and was amazed at how much garbage these Mondovi people have. My garbage just disappeared fro our curb back home, and I always thought that Grandma and Grandpas town were crazy to have all this garbage just sitting outside for bears to come get. But I never questioned it, because it really didnt matter to me, as I knew what always followed the trip to the dumpTASTY FREEZE!!!!! I FELL IN LOVE WITH THEIR CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA SWIRL, which Dairy Queen will never be able to duplicate. So Grandpa and I would sit outside and finish our cones so Grandma wouldnt know. Which Im sure she did, because why else would a little kid be excited to go to a landfill. However, who would have known that very same little kid wont eat ice cream anymore (probably because she cant find any as good as Tasty Freeze), and has worked for almost 20 years at a landfill??? Thank you Grandpa for showing me at a young age what my career was going to be! Love you Grandpa Becky *

Beth Sep 14 2016 5:00 PM

AASE THANKSGIVING 2010 (Stories submitted by Grandpa & Grandma's family.) Grandma babysat me when I was a young child not old enough to go to school. However, I might as well have been at school because by the time I went to kindergarten, I knew my letters and numbers and Im pretty sure I was beginning to read. Thanks for the head start! I also remember Grandma teaching me how to play the old organ where you controlled the volume with the bar that rested against your leg. I also remember Grandma and Grandpa singing church hymns with the organ. ************************************************************************ Grandpa and Grandma loved taking me out for treats. I can remember riding in the back seat of the blue 1966 4-door Plymouth Fury down to the Tasty Freeze for an ice cream cone. They always let me finish it on the way home. I dont ever remember making a mess, but Im sure I did. But back then, there were no cloth sets. One wipe of a damp rag and it was taken care of. ************************************************************************ Grandpa came to watch every one of the volleyball games that I coached. I had a co-worker come to watch a game and she mentioned to me that she felt bad for my grandpa. I asked why. She said that during the pre-game warm-ups, he was getting hit by the volleyballs! He continued to come and support me every home game, he would always sit in the same place, and he continued to get hit by volleyballs! Deanne I remember hearing about Grandpa Clarence before I was even born. My mom talked about how exciting it was to be given a due date of March 20th, which was the same day Grandpa Clarence was born. My mom often tells me how Grandpa Clarence is her earth angel and how special it is to have the same birthday as Grandpa Clarence. She often tells me that its special to have his middle name tooit was a little hard to spell at first, but Ive got it down now!! Its fun to visit Grandpa & Grandma! I like it when Grandma surprises me with coins. I like counting how many coins there are and now I can even add them all up. My mom tells me that Grandma used to do the same thing when she was a little girl. Mom says that it is just one of the ways they show us that they love us. Ben My dad sometimes used to come to grandmas for lunch from the Post Office. Once in awhile, grandma and I would walk to the corner to watch him come down the path at the end of Vine Street by Gladys Hills house (now a road). Once I got so excited that dad was coming that I darted across the street, only to get run over by a kid on a bicycle. Mike ************************************************************************One day Clarence & Ruby drove downtown to Mahlums drugstore to pick up some prescriptions. Clarence parked behind the drug store and waited in the car while Ruby went in. After she had checked out, she walked out the front door and looked up and down the street for the car and Clarence..they were no where in sight! Did Clarence have to go to the bathroom real bad and decide to drive home or ? She waited for quite awhile, watching and looking for him. Someone who knows here happened to drive through downtown and saw her standing in front of the drug store. Now he was curious what was going on, so he drove around the block again and stopped to talk to her. She explained her dilemma. He decided to call their home and see if Clarence was there, but he got no answer. After further discussion, he decided to walk out the back and checkthere was Clarence and the car, right where they had been all along. Clarence was getting a little worried what had happened to Ruby! Audrey

Beth Sep 14 2016 4:58 PM

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