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Catherine Clapper

Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 1:15 p.m. CDT

CLINTON, Iowa – Catherine Clapper, 76, of Clinton, Iowa, formerly of Rock Falls and Tampico, died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Catherine was born May 17, 1934, in Moulton, Ala., the daughter of George and Nellie (Hargett) Cleere. She was raised in Russelville, Ala. Catherine married William Clapper on April 26, 1951, in Rockford. He preceded her in death on July 31, 1998.

She was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, doing laundry, going to shows, going out to eat, and taking care of children.

Survivors include two daughters, Julie (Mike) Baker of Clinton, Iowa, and Vicki Cheshier of Rock Falls; four sons, Richard (Diana) Clapper and Thomas Clapper, both of Sterling, Robert Clapper of Rock Falls, and Earl (Jon Weber) Clapper of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; one stepdaughter, Carol Aument of Jacksonville; one brother, John D. Cleere of Wisconsin; three sisters, Dorothy Sapp and Jackie Sue Bearden, both of Alabama, and Josephine Romero of Rockford; her half-brothers, Ernie Hanvey and Kenneth Hanvey; 16 grandchildren, Michael Tim, T.J., Stacey, John, Ricky, Jessica, Jennifer, Bobby, Cody, Steven, Dalton, Lonnie, Larry, Bucky, Angie, and Lyle; and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Billy Clapper; two brothers, Billy Cleere and Herman Cleere; and three sisters, Frances Ervin, Mary Knight, and Aline McCutheon.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with Pastor Jason Borton of Harvest Time Bible Church officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

A memorial has been established.

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