Clara Lillian (Holbein) Grabenstein, 97, of Eustis, Nebraska, died Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney, Nebraska.
Clara was born on November 19th, 1914, in Eustis to Christian (Charlie) Holbein and Marie (Reiker) Holbein. She attended in Eustis and graduated High School in May of 1933. On April 27th, 1941, Clara married Paul Grabenstein. They resided on Dan Grabenstein's farmstead southwest of Eustis until their retirement, December 31st, 1979. They moved to Eustis where Clara lived until moving to Stone Hearth Estates in December of 2007. As life partners, Paul and Clara enjoyed the blessings of raising their family: Gene, Janet, Lyle and Phyllis, on their farm-ranch.
Clara enjoyed the fine art of homemaking and was known for her hospitality. She loved to garden and tend her roses, attended concerts, sang in choirs, sewed clothes for herself and family and she loved to travel. She was baptized, confirmed and married at St. John's Lutheran Church in Eustis, where she was active in the Mary Martha Bible Study, Serving Circles and quilting for Lutheran World Relief. She assisted many youth as a leader for the Rolling Meadows 4-H Club of Frontier County. She was also active in the Nebraska Cowbelles and Stockgrowers Association, Petals Garden Club and The Red Hats Society. Clara's delight was in the lives of her children and their activities. She was especially proud of her nine grandchildren attending their games and concerts. Clara loved holding her 8 great-grandbabies. They all loved her homemade pretzels.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul in January 1991; her brothers, Harold Holbein, Edwin Holbein, Paul Holbein and sisters, Elsie Hueftle and Martha Hansen.
Clara is survived by her children, Gene Grabenstein, Eustis, Janet and husband Don Fleischmann of Cozad, Nebraska; Lyle and his wife Lonna of Eustis and Phyllis and her husband Jon Svoboda of Elkhorn, Nebraska; grandchildren, Terri and husband Dave Bierbower of Lincoln, and their children Jillian and Joel, Shane Grabenstein of Casa Grande, Arizona and son Hayden, Todd and his wife Tricia and their children Cooper and Cailey of Smithfield, Nebraska, Ben and his wife Cindy of Omaha and their sons Miles and Quincy, Kristen and her husband Douglas Blayney and their son, Carter of Gretna, Nebraska, Adam Grabenstein and his wife Kelsey of Eustis, Daniel Svoboda of Omaha, Nebraska, Brandon Fleischmann of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, Nicholas Svoboda of Omaha, Linda Grabenstein of Gothenburg and a large gathering of family, friends and loved ones.
Memorials are suggested to St. John's Lutheran Church in Eustis or to the donor's choice in Clara's memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
Services were held Thursday, January 5th, 2011, at 3:30 p.m., at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Eustis with Pastor Beverly Rautenberg-Panko officiating. Burial was in the East Cemetery at Eustis.
Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad was in charge of arrangements.