Claremore Daily Progress

Obituaries

August 10, 2013

Mary Klassen

(Continued)

CLAREMORE —

The ride you took us on culminated in Claremore. Your first job was at the Claremore Progress, but you knew you were destined for something else. 
Forever you've taught us that sometimes you've got to take risks to get where you want to be. In 1983, a 36 year-old mother of 5 school-aged children opening her own printing business in Oklahoma would clearly be defined as a risk. The Print Shop was your creation - let's call it your 6th child. 
You had the perfect qualities for a business owner: independent, strong willed, self-motivated with a tremendous work ethic.  I don't know if we ever fully grasped how hard you worked to make the business successful. 
Many nights, unbeknownst to us, you would come home after a 12 hour workday, cook dinner, tuck us in bed, go back to work until midnight, come home and sleep 3-4 hours and get up to do it again. 
What we have today is the direct result of how hard you worked, and one of those debts I mentioned above. We know you felt tremendous appreciation for your “work family” as well. Stacey and Martha are loyal and trusted employees, and under the direction of Kim and Bryan, will carry on The Print Shop legacy. 
The business meant your kids now had some competition. From day 1 in business, you've loved your customers - but did you ever realize they felt the same about you?
“You can bend but never break me
'cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal”
Growing up under your roof with your rules was no picnic. You were overprotective and all of us endured a strict upbringing…but thank god for that. 
We understand why you wouldn't let us ride in a car unless it was a family member driving. It was your way of trying to control not losing somebody else close to you. We understand why you set a curfew - and why you kept one floorboard extra creaky on the stairs so that you could hear whether or not we made it home on time. Yes, we even understand why you made us join the marching band. Those of us who gave you grandchildren certainly understand because we're raising ours the same way.  

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Obituaries
  • Donald Henry Secondine

    A celebration of the life of Donald Henry Secondine will be 10 a.m., Monday, July 28, 2014 at Verdigris Assembly of God Church. Burial will be 2:00 p.m. at Nowata Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Visitation will be Sunday from 1-5 at the funeral home with family receiving visitors from 2-4. Don passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was 84.

    July 27, 2014

  • Sherry Dawn “Redbone” Ralston-Gropp

    Private family services are scheduled for Sherry Dawn Ralston-Gropp. Visitation was Friday, July 25, 2014 at Rice Funeral Service. Sherry passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was 54.

    July 27, 2014

  • Tommy Joe Russell

    Graveside service for Tommy Joe Russell will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 29, at Highland Cemetery with Luther Martin officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of the Inola Funeral Home & Crematory. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Monday 1-8 p.m., and family will greet friends 6-8 p.m.

    July 27, 2014

  • Jonathan Ashford “J.J.” Sluka

    Funeral service for Jonathan Ashford “J.J.” Sluka will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 23, at River of Life Assembly of God with Pastor Rodney Wilborn officiating. Burial with military honors by the U.S. Army will follow at Highland Cemetery under the direction of the Inola Funeral Home & Crematory.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home Tuesday, 1-8 p.m., and family will greet friends from 5-8 p.m.

    July 22, 2014

  • Doris Ann Chafin

    Funeral service for Doris Ann Chafin will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 18, at Verdigris Assembly of God with Brother Harold Brannon officiating. Burial will follow at Lone Elm Cemetery under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Visitation will be held Thursday 1-8 p.m., and family will greet friends 5-7 p.m.

    July 18, 2014

  • Patricia (Pat) D. Nickerson

    Graveside service for Patricia (Pat) D. Nickerson will be held 10 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens in Claremore. Pallbearers will be Roy Rollins, Rob Rollins, Ron Rollins, Wayne Allen, Kelsey Wells, Angela Nowlin, Amber Holinsworth, and Maegan Gardner; and honorary pallbearer will be Rev. Joey Bentley. Visitation will be held on Thursday, from 1-8 p.m. with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m.

    July 17, 2014

  • Jewel S. Starr

    Funeral service for Jewel S. Starr will be 1 p.m., Friday, July 18, at the MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Paul Simpson and Chaplain Bishop Bell officiating. Burial will follow at Wann Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Thursday 1-8 p.m., and family will greet friends 6-8 p.m.

    July 17, 2014

  • Mildred Warden

    Mildred Warden was the mother of three and surrogate mother to hundreds.
    She operated one of Claremore’s first daycare for children. She died Friday, July 11, 2014 at the age of 86.

    July 15, 2014

  • Johnny Lee Fivecoats

     Services celebrating the life of Johnny Lee Fivecoats will be 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Memorial Heights Baptist Church, Claremore.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 1-8pm on Tuesday, July 15, with family receiving visitors from 6-8 p.m.

    July 15, 2014

  • Jasper Leroy Ham

    Services for Jasper Leroy Ham will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel; burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Monday, July 14 from 1-8 p.m.

    July 14, 2014