April 12, 2023 at 5:26 p.m.
Funeral service for Claudia Rae Mewes, 82, will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 15, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albany. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Friday, April 14, at Miller-Carlin Funeral Homes in Albany and one hour prior to the service April 15 at the church. A small service will also be held at Christ the King Church in Moorhead at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 16.
Claudia passed away at Lilac Homes in Dilworth March 31, 2023.
She was born Oct. 18, 1940, in Bemidji, to Ole and Helena (Mikkelson) Paulson. She graduated from Bemidji High School in 1958 and continued her education at Bemidji State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business education in 1962. In her early years of teaching, she taught in Clarissa, Greenfield, Iowa, and Thief River Falls. She met the love of her life, Earl, (also a business education teacher) during those early years of teaching. She married Earl Mewes June 4, 1966, in Bemidji. Following their marriage, they lived in Big Lake, for two years, and in the fall of 1968, they moved to Albany, where Earl taught business education. During this time in their marriage, Claudia made the difficult decision to become a full-time housewife to her husband and full-time mother to her three daughters. Her daughters have come to appreciate this sacrifice more and more as they have become mothers themselves. Claudia was actively involved in her community. She served the community by doing one of the hardest jobs in education: substitute teaching. She was a substitute for teachers at Albany Area Schools and surrounding school districts for many years and became a highly sought-after sub. Claudia also served in her church where she taught Sunday school, coordinated activities for numerous serving committees and sang in the choir. She also served the community as a Girl Scout leader for several years, including taking a group of girls camping in the woods, a great sacrifice, considering Claudia’s life-long fear of snakes. Claudia and Earl spent many happy years in retirement in Albany. They celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary June 4, 2017, before Earl passed away July 9, 2017.
Claudia is survived by her daughters, Carmen Rae Mewes of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Gwendolyn Faye (Douglas) Sullivan of Smithfield, North Carolina, and Joan Marie (Vernon) Berg of Moorhead; eight grandchildren; sister Judith (Richard) Bluth of Morris; and a sister-in-law Hazel Merle, Almena, Wisconsin.
Claudia was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Earl; and sisters Geraldine Rohde, Joan Myer and Bernadette Schultz.
Memorials preferred to Hemker Park and Zoo in Freeport or to your charity of choice.
Arrangements were made by Miller-Carlin Funeral Homes in Albany.