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Platte, SD 57369
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Clara McGregor

Clara Elizabeth McGregor (Janish)

Thursday, November 9th, 1933 - Monday, April 15th, 2019
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Clara Elizabeth McGregor, 85, of Kimball, SD passed away peacefully surrounded by family members on Monday, April 15, 2019 in Sioux Falls SD. Visitation will be held at the church from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 23, 2019 with a 7:00 P.M. Wake Service and Rosary. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball. A Committal Service will follow at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery. Mount Funeral Home of Kimball is assisting with arrangements.

Clara Elizabeth (Janish) McGregor was born on November 9, 1933 to John and Clara (Heirigs) Janish in Lyonville, SD. She graduated from Kimball High School in 1951 and went on to attend National Business College in Rapid City, SD. On August 1, 1953 Clara was united in marriage to Wallace McGregor at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball, SD. She was employed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City and lived in Lake Elsinore, CA while Wallace was stationed at Camp Pendleton during his service in the US Marines. After his honorable discharge, they returned to Kimball to raise their family.

Clara was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, active in the Catholic Daughters of America, and taught CCD classes. Later in life, she worked as a Teacher’s Aide in the Kimball School District; because of her nurturing nature, the kids loved her.

An excellent cook and baker, Clara was famous for her divinity, homemade bread, and pies. Having graduated as Valedictorian of her Senior class, Clara sustained a lifelong love for learning and games, especially word games and puzzles. She also enjoyed bowling, drawing, reading, sewing and taking walks. Clara was exceptionally resourceful, eloquent, intelligent, and graceful.

Grateful for having shared in her life, Clara is survived by her husband of over 65 years, Wallace McGregor of Kimball, SD, and her eight children, two sons-in-law, 31 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren: son-in-law, Terry DeBoer of Sioux Falls, SD and his children: Matt (Kelli) DeBoer – Athena, Daphne, Jordan DeBoer and Carly (Justin) Thiner – Remy, Sloane; daughter, Jeanne (Terry) Krome of Mitchell, SD and their children: Tyler (Kristen) Krome – Evie, Rylie, Kiera, and Ryan (Jeana) Krome – Kruz, Kash, Knox; son-in-law, Harris Larson of Brandon, SD and his children: Charity (Clint) Lamb – Nevada, Clint (Bobbi) Larson – Andy, Ally, Josh Larson, Quynn (Philip) Steichen – Einar, and Logan (Connor) Smith; daughter, Sue (Jim) Benda of Kimball, SD and their children: Jay Benda, Lauren (Joey) Braaten and Ryan (Andrea) Benda – Peyton, Riley; daughter, Carol (Mark) Broderson of Sundance, WY and their children: Erica (Eric) Hoese – Cade, Ryann, Jace, Kyle (Megan) Broderson – Kayl, Morgan, and Kirk Broderson; daughter, Nancy (Brad) Bauer of Mitchell, SD and their children: Stephanie McGregor (Paul Kooiman), Jaime (Andrew) McCarrier – Tatum, Easton, Nolan, and Michael Bauer; daughter, Kathy (Jim) Stern of Mitchell, SD and their children: Kristin Stern, James Stern – Hayden, Kelsey Stern (Nick), and Katie Stern; son, Russ (Carla) McGregor of Watertown, SD and their children: Royal McGregor, Alexandra McGregor (Nick) – Khira, Hailey McGregor (Wade) – Hazel, Haven, and Grace McGregor; daughter, Diane (Ryan) Stadem of Sioux Falls, SD and their children: Claire (Nicholas) Fuselier – Aleksandar, Autumn Isburg – Odin, and Mallory Isburg; daughter, Darcie (Mike) McGregor-Walker of Rapid City, SD and their daughter: Adriana McGregor (Shawn) – Jaya, Charlee; sister, Margaret Reuland of Sioux Falls, SD; brother, Ray (Doris) Janish of Yankton, SD; six in-laws: Ralph (Bonna) McGregor of Parkston, SD, Pat (Marlene) McGregor of Chamberlain, SD, Catherine (Leo) Hart of Mission Hill, SD, Patricia McGregor of Watertown, SD, Clarice McGregor of Texas, and Don McSparren of Iowa, along with many nieces and nephews.

Clara was preceded in death by two daughters: Yvonne DeBoer and Patricia Larson; a granddaughter, Danelle Larson; her parents, John and Clara Janish; five siblings: Albert (Lorraine) Janish, Sr., Loretta (Walter) Fuegen, Louis (Dorothy) Janish, Leona (Bill) Young, and Maxine (Bob) White; her parents-in-law, Louis and Ellen (Geppert) McGregor; four in-laws: Bill McGregor, Leonard McGregor, Paul McGregor, and Mary Ellen McSparren.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    St. Margaret's Catholic Church
    417 Elm St.
    KIMBALL, SD 57355
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    7:00pm Wake Service and Rosary
  • Service

    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 10:30am
    St. Margaret's Catholic Church
    417 Elm St.
    KIMBALL, SD 57355
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    Fr. Andrew Swietochowski
  • Interment

    St. Margaret's Catholic Cemetery
    KIMBALL, SD 57355
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  • Reception

    St. Margaret's Catholic Church
    417 Elm St.
    KIMBALL, SD 57355
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Laurie Ellis-Young

Posted at 03:58am
Dear Uncle Wally and Cousins,
I was so sorry to hear of Clara's passing. I have wonderful memories of her since I was very small. She was always so kind and caring. I got goosebumps whenever I heard her sing. She was beautiful inside and out. My heart goes out to you all for how much you must miss her. I wish I could have been at her funeral to honor her but I am living out of the country. At a beautiful reforestation project in Guatemala I will plant ten trees in her honor - one for her and her nine children. May you continue to feel her presence with all of your love and memories. Love, Laurie

Rhonda McGregor

Posted at 06:08pm
Reading the sentiments of Diane, Darcie, & Stephanie opened a flood of memories - every word rings true. Aunt Clara had the patience of a saint along with a heart of gold. We all were truly blessed by the presence of our earthly angel who has now earned her heavenly wings. Much love to Uncle Wally, all my cousins & their families. Rhonda McGregor


Posted at 03:14pm
I will forever remember my Grandmother as a loving and caring soul who gave so much to everyone around her. Growing up, I would look forward to visits at grandma's where she would read my favorite book Robert the rose horse, cook my favorite dumpling soup, and bake sugar cookies at all times of the year. My favorite memories though were the holidays. The house was filled with family, the tree had more presents than anyone could count, and there was always cooking - with everyone's favorite mashed potatoes and gravy - laughing, piano playing, waiting for 'Santa', midnight mass, and of course games (Racko, cards, Sorry, etc). What this wonderful woman has meant to so many people is hard to quantify, but it has been such a blessing to have her in my life. I know she is looking down on us all as an angel from above, forever providing love and light for those she loved - just as she did here on earth for her 85 years. I love you grandma. May you rest in peace. Love - Stephanie McGregor

Diane Stadem

Posted at 07:56pm
I loved my mother immensely; and I will miss her immensely. I thought of her not only as my mother, but as a best friend. There was nothing she could not do---she could do anything she set her mind to---and she did it well. She was always supportive to and of me. I remember her being so incredibly patient with everything and everyone---and wickedly smart and funny. I remember her telling me she didn't know how I was so patient or how I handled everything that came my way---and I would tell her that I learned it from her and dad. I remember the smells from the kitchen, the warmth of the home, the very clean house and clothes, the wonderful meals, the decorations at Christmas, her creativity, the love for Christ our Savior, and her beautiful voice and handwriting. I think you can tell that I thought her the highest of beauties! I adored her feistiness! My beautiful, fantastic, one-of-a-kind mother is now with our Heavenly Father. She was the embodiment of everything good, kind and beautiful, and I cannot put into words eloquently enough how very grateful, blessed and lucky I feel that I had her for a mother---that God gave her to me. The beauty and grace of my mother was always apparent when she would state that she was the lucky one---that God gave all of her kids and my dad to her. I'm so very thankful that my girls were close with her, and that we all witnessed her beautiful soul. Fly high and swift, Momma! I prayed that St. Michael would swiftly take your soul to Heaven. God has called you home, and I know that you are at peace and no longer in pain. I will love and miss you forever............diane

Darcie McGregor Walker

Posted at 01:33pm
My Mom was loved by so many, especially her husband, her children, myself, & the whole family. I am the youngest, & growing up she always made everything better. From kissing your boo-boo’s to showing you how to do something you didn’t understand, to being kind & generous to every person she came across. Most of all, her advice on anything & everything. She was incredible @ multi-tasking. I loved when she would tell her stories of growing up, when she first met my Dad, & how you handle life in general. She would always say one day at a time. She always thought her hair was bad, & that it was wind blown and she looked like a rat. I remember her telling me that. To me, she was always so beautiful & I would tell her you’re so beautiful, Mom. Her selfless, caring ways, & that Jesus heart she has, I’ll miss until I see her again.

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