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In Memory of
Claudia Ann
1940 - 2018
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Condolence From: J. Michael Joslin
Condolence: My Lady Claudia Ann was loved so deeply by me, and though I lost one wife before, Claudia was my greatest loss. I will keep many memories of our short time together, within my heart for the rest of my life. No one can ever take that away from me. We both took many paths through life, some were the wrong paths, but they all led to the path to each other. It was wonderful. She also touched the lives of many and the tributes have been many. On Friday, January 26th, with a few select friends, we celebrated the life of Claudia. I gave the following eulogy and prayers, which was followed by the raising of our glasses to Lady Claudia:

My Lady Claudia Ann de Rocquer

She was born on December 26, 1940. She said she was born late, and she often used that as an excuse for often being late for just about everything.

She was a farm girl, who grew up on the family farm on Ann Arbor Road near Main Street. An Arby’s now stands where the farm house once stood, which was moved further in and still stands today, a wonderful house indeed. Her bother Dave, his wife Sue, and their dog Jack still reside there. If you look for where the farm once was, look for Rocker Drive next to Arby’s. The farm was subdivided by her father, and is still known as Rocker Estates.

So, what can I say about Claudia that all of you don’t already know? I can only speak from the heart and describe the Claudia that I knew and loved.

In my eyes, she was a beautiful woman, which she would laugh at when I would say so, but her beauty was not just on the surface, but within her. She did not have a mean bone in her body, and it was rare that I saw her angry, and even then, it was not the kind of anger that most express, but more like frustration. I like to tell of the time I was outside of the cottage, but went in to talk to her. She was standing next to the refrigerator, with the door open, and at her feet were olives, and a lot of olive oil, which she had dropped when she took it from the refrigerator. I took one look at her face and immediately turned around and went back outside.

Claudia possessed a bright smile and countenance that easily affected others. More than once, as we walked through a parking lot headed for a store, couples who were complete strangers would break out in smiles. She claimed she did not see them do so, and scoffed at it when I told her, but it was real. She loved to laugh, whether at the expense of others, or at her own expense. She loved all she met, all she knew, never knew hate or jealousy. She radiated a comforting warmth and was willing to help anyone who needed it, even if only to lend an ear and listen as they spoke about their troubles. She touched so very many people. She had a reputation of meeting someone for the very first time, and within a few short minutes, could tell you what their names were, how many children they had, where they lived, and much more. I would patiently listen as she told me their stories. I came across some of those people since her passing, and they remembered her.

At Lake May, she had been going there since she was 13. The nearest town with a grocery store and other stores is Rogers City. She loved to go there, and I was surprised at how often people greeted her. On Thursday, Cynthia and I went there and stopped at the local meat store, Plath’s. Cynthia showed a photo of her, and one of the butchers, a member of the Plath family, instantly recognized her. He shared his memories of her, but was deeply saddened at the news. In Hawks, a very small town near Lake May, the sight of our post office, and a small general store, I stopped to see the post master there and tell him the sad news. He too mourned her loss and thanked me for stopping to tell him. At the general store, whenever she walked in, they would welcome her and call her by name. I spoke to the lady who runs the store, she became distraught over the bad news. Her bottom lip stuck out as if in a pout and tears came to her eyes.

So, these are only a couple of examples of how Claudia Ann touched people’s lives, leaving and indelible impression, causing them to never forget her.

Let us take this time to celebrate her life, speak of your memories if you wish, and have a good dinner and a good time in her memory. Thank you all for having come here to join me in celebrating.

We are all travelers in this world, from the sweet grass to the
packing house. Birth to death. We travel between the
eternities. Robert Duval in Broken Trail.
My Lady Claudia Ann
May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at
your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft
upon the fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you
in the palm of His hand.

I love you, my Lady Claudia Ann. You have taken my heart and I will never be the same as I once was. You saved my life when you appeared before me, and I thank you for that. There was no greater angel sent to earth by God than He did when He sent you. Now He has you back in the palm of His hand. He surely must have told you, "Well done, Claudia, well done!"
Saturday January 27, 2018
Condolence From: Terri
Condolence: I didn't know Claudia that well ... I met her a few years ago for only one day, but knew with just that one meeting that she was a very kind and gentle soul, a wonderful woman. They must have needed a very special angel in Heaven. My condolences to the family and to Mike, my heart goes out to you all.
Thursday January 25, 2018
Condolence From: Lynne Neibauer Robertson
Condolence: Although we haven't seen each other for awhile, I've always felt the bond of friendship she and our families shared. To Erica, Bill and Dave my deepest condolences. Old memories are the fondest.
Wednesday January 24, 2018
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