"Concerned with the General Welfare of the Deaf of Iowa"

Updated July 4, 2017


Clara Adelaide Erbes

September 14, 1916—April 30, 2017


Clara Adelaide (Fickler) Erbes, 100, of Brainerd, died Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Oakwood Assisted Living.  Services for Clara was held at, 1:00PM on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Church of the Nazarene in Brainerd with Pastor Dave McGaffey officiating.  Interment was held at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Council Bluffs, IA at 11:00AM on Saturday, May 6, 2017 with Dan Arnold officiating.

Clara was born September 14, 1916 in Plattsmouth, NE, the daughter of Lee and Clara Wilhemina (Miller) Fickler.  On August 15, 1936, she was united in marriage to Harold H. Erbes.  In 1939, Clara joined the Nazarene Church in Council Bluffs and was active in their Sunday School program and missionary society.  In October of 1989, she moved to Little Falls before settling in Brainerd.  She faithfully attended church until 2 weeks prior to her passing.

She graduated from Iowa Western Community College as an LPN and worked at Omaha Veterans Hospital and Iowa School for the Deaf. (Editor’s note:  She worked at ISD in 1960’s until her retirement in 1970.) She lived independently in Woodland Apartments until 2014 when she moved to Oakwood Assisted Living where she made friends and received excellent care.  Clara left an impression on everyone that she met – for some she will be remembered for her unrivaled spunk or her sassy way with words and for others it was the strength in the way she loved them. Clara was a caretaker; she has touched countless hearts in her 100 years and will be missed by many.

 Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, Iowa.

 Thanks to Brenny Funeral Home, Baxter, IA and Shirley Hicks for the information.