Claire E. Karstetter
Claire E. Karstetter, 63, a resident of the Nippenose Valley for the past 49 years, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 at the Gatehouse in Divine Providence Hospital.
She was born Aug. 5, 1945 in Jersey Shore, a daughter of the late Raymond and Edna (Dapp) Dowling Sr.
Claire was married Sept. 5, 1959 to Lewis H. Karstetter Sr. and they recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary together. Her husband has cared for her for the past two years during her illness.
Claire's grandmother and great-grandmother were full-blooded American Indians and she was very proud of her American Indian heritage. She was a lover of nature and animals. Claire spent her free time in the mountains camping with her family and pets. While camping, she loved to wake up early and watch deer, turkey and bear in their natural habitat.
Surviving are her loving husband; two sons, Lewis H. (Leda) Karstetter Jr. of Haneyville and Daniel L. (Carrie) Karstetter Sr. of Linden; four beloved grandchildren, Daniel L. Karstetter Jr., Mindy N. Karstetter, Adam S. Sweeney and Marissa Claire Karstetter; a brother, Raymond Dowling Jr. of Tennesee; three sisters, Emeline Frey of Bensalem, Delores Brening of Muncy and Patsy Shilling of Castanea; a sister-in-law, Connie Brague; two brothers-in-law, Kenny Karstetter and Jack Karstetter; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by five sisters, Alice Wagner, Evelyn Koch, Rae Jean Dowling, Mary Sherman and Cecila Dowling.
There will be a visitation for family and friends on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Gatehouse in her memory.
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