Shipton, Clara

Clara Schnell, born on December 25, 1920 was the fifth child of John and Emilia Schnell.  Clara was predeceased by her parents and her brothers Herbert, Emanuel, Henry and Conrad.  She is survived by her sister Hanna Lane and sisters-in-law Dorothy Schnell of Castor, Katherine Schnell of Lacombe and brother Harold Schnell of Morningside, Ab.  She is also survived by her children Carol  Shipton of Red Deer, Leslie (Wendy MacNeill) of Beaumont,  Ann Michielsen (Robert Hill) of Castor and three grandchildren Christel Shipton,  Travis Michelsen (Melissa Belanger) and Amber Michielsen (Mike Babin).  Clara was raised on the family farm in the Beaver district north east of Castor and attended Meadowview School.  

When Clara was 17 she became employed at Our Lady of The Rosary Hospital in Castor.  Working at the hospital with the nuns and patients gave her great enjoyment and she had many interesting stories to relate.  While residing in Extended Care we came to realize how important this part of her life was as the site of the old hospital appeared to invoke a sense of peace and belonging.
She met George Shipton at a dance.  On July 16, 1944 they were married.  In November 1974, George, her husband of 30 years, passed away.   Later in life, Clara again took up employment at Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital in housekeeping until retirement.
She also spent many hours crocheting, knitting and playing cards with neighbours and friends. Spending time and playing games with her grandchildren gave her immeasurable joy. When looking after her house and yard became too difficult she moved into Paintearth Lodge.
There she had the good fortune of meeting two special friends.  She spent many enjoyable hours driving the country side and recalling old memories with Alfred Ries.  Playing cards with Kenny Rumbough gave her many pleasurable hours.  In her 91 years, Clara lived a full and productive life.  All of us, whose life was touched by her, will miss her greatly.
Funeral services were held on November 6, 2012 at Knox United Church, Castor, Alberta  with Rev. Sue Hertell of Trinity United Church, officiating.  Cathy Schaffner and the Knox United Church Choir presented their gift of music.  Sylvia Wold gave a loving tribute of Clara and her family to those in attendance.  Clara was laid to rest at Castor Municipal Cemetery with her beloved husband George Leslie Shipton.  
Family and friends gathered in the Upper Hall for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by Knox U.C.W.   Memorial donations may be made to Paintearth Lodge or to a charity of your own choice.  Condolences may be sent to the family at Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.  403-882-3141

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