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Clara Miller, 92

Clara Miller, 92

Clara Best Miller, 92, of Hudson, formerly of Star Prairie, a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, died Friday, Dec. 19, at Christian Community Home.

Clara was born Nov. 15, 1916, in Turtle Lake to Elon J. and Meta Louise (L'allier) Best. Her parents farmed and owned a sawmill.

Most of the barns in Barron County were built by their sawed lumber. The farming operation was run by Clara's older brother Denet who also transported logs to their mill and later delivered the cut lumber. Clara helped enormously with operating the farm and the mill even after her marriages.

She was married to Nicholas Franzen, who preceded her in death. She later married Stephen T. Pilarsky-Miller, who also preceded her in death.

Her brother Pat served during World War II and was disabled. During the war Clara was an oiler for Soo Line Railroad. She was also a part-time farmer and especially a mother.

Clara loved music. She was an accomplished whistler. She also loved books, animals (especially cats), flowers, walking and biking. Her many smiles, whistles and hugs will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Clara is survived by her two sons, David W. Franzen of St. Paul and Steven T. (Brenda) Miller of Star Prairie; two daughters, Cynthia R. Franzen of Stillwater, Minn., and Hilda R. Miller (David Swanson) of North Hudson; two step-daughters, Jennie (Richard) Lardinois of Hartland and Virginia (Joe) Magestro of St. Francis; a lifetime friend, Ruth Vincent of Brooklyn Center, Minn.; eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren; many cousins; and friends from Christian Community Home.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; her brothers; Denet and Patl; two stepsons, Edward (Lorraine) Pilarsky and Howard Pilarsky; two stepdaughters, Ruth (Henry) Bogusz and Marion (Ray) Bleise of Milwaukee; and very special friend Louise Moe of Star Prairie.

Mass of Christian burial was Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 3:30 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson, with a visitation one hour prior at church.

Burial was in St. Bridget's Cemetery in the town of Stanton. Clara's grandchildren and great-grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials are preferred to Alzheimer's or cancer research.

The O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson was entrusted with the arrangements.