Clarissa B. Gehlhausen, 91, Jasper

Clarissa B. Gehlhausen, 91, of Jasper, died Sunday, August 11, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in St. Anthony September 14, 1927, to Anthony and Katie (Hasenour) Klem. She married Ralph J. Gehlhausen October 16, 1947, at St. Anthony Church. He died September 27, 2010.

Clarissa worked as a bookkeeper for Jasper Implement, Inc., a business co-owned by the Gehlhausen family. She was also a long-time seamstress for Corbin’s Drapery. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, playing cards, and going to the casino and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

She is survived by three sons, Tom Gehlhausen and wife Ruth and Gary Gehlhausen and wife Lisa, all of Jasper and Ken Gehlhausen and wife Ruth, Jenison, Missouri; one daughter, Linda Peters and husband Brad, St. Charles, Missouri; 10 grandchildren, Brian, Ross, and Abby Gehlhausen, Kelli Ballerstaller, Amy Kasten, Chelsea Bilkovic, Katie Gruenbauer, Beth Jankowski, Erica Kaczmarek, and Sam Peters; 13 great grandchildren, Owen, Rylee, Reese, and Ava Gehlhausen, Max, Katarina, and Alex Ballerstaller, Kieran, Hallie, and Brenna Kasten, and Audrey, Franklin, and Susanna Bilkovic; and one sister, Loretta Humbert, Celestine.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Eddie Joe Gehlhausen, one great-granddaughter, Malayna Gruenbauer, four sisters, Leona Jahn, Frances Klem, Ardella Humbert, and Anna Betz, and three brothers, Andrew, Edward, and Alois Klem.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Church. The Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary will pray a rosary at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

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