The Lord called Clara Brott home on May 24, 2014 at Holy Rosary Extended Care in Miles City with her family by her side.
Clara was born on February 28, 1921 near Marsh, MT to Adolf and Maria Schlenz Schwartz. She attended grade school at Fairville country school and began high school at Terry High School but needed to return to the farm to help her parents and assist with her younger siblings until the family moved to Fallon.
On September 14, 1940 she married Leslie Dirks in Fallon and they moved to Seattle, WA where Les worked in the shipyards. In 1944 their daughter Sharon was born and shortly after they returned to Fallon. In 1949 daughter Dianne was born followed by daughter Pamela in 1955.
Clara worked with her husband Les for many years as custodians at the Fallon Grade School. She also was employed at Milo’s Grocery in Fallon. She loved little children and babysat many youngsters over the years. She was very active in the church and was a charter member of Fallon Homemakers. She loved doing embroidery and making quilts. She made sure all the family had some of her “stitchery” to remember her by. She spent many hours with the church ladies making quilts for missions and the needy.
In 1989 Clara married Dodd Brott of Plevna. As he was a member of the Southeastern Montana Fiddlers they spent many enjoyable times at fiddle sessions and senior citizen dances. She met many friends there and enjoyed the travels they did together.
As her health declined she had to move to the nursing home in Miles City where she became great friends with her roommate, Loretta. They spent many hours talking about “old times” and just enjoying each other’s company.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents, husband Les, brothers Jake, Otto, Herb, Fred, Dave, Henry, Richard, Adolf, Rudolf, and baby brother at birth, one sister Lilly, grandson Jason Scott Freiboth and husband Dodd.
Survivors include her daughters, Sharon (Sherm) Fluss, Dianne (Wade) Freiboth and Pam (Rocky) Ban; 6 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, Shawn and Jean Fluss, Alexis, Andraya and Daylon; Shan Fluss; Sharilyn and Tim Kortum, Bailey and Loni; Toby and Staci Ban, Carter, Carson and Cayden; Brigette and Phil Schmidt, Ryker and Wyatt; Jana and Rocky Barz, Brenden; Candy Freiboth, Max and Simon. She is also survived by her sister Olga (Ozzie) Kaul and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 30, 2014 from 1:00p.m. to 6:00pm at the chapel of Stevenson and Sons in Terry. Funeral services will be held on May 31, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Hope American Lutheran Church in Fallon followed by burial in the Prairie County Cemetery at Terry.
Memorials in Clara’s name may be made to Hope American Lutheran Church, Holy Rosary Extended Care or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Terry and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com