Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 10, 2013
Clara Jacob Sturges

Obit Clara SturgesClara slipped peacefully from this life on Jan. 8. Her earthly tent (2 Cor. 5:1) was worn out and she was more than ready for her resurrection body. Clara was born in Pottstown, Penn., on Oct. 5, 1924 to Charles and Verda Jacob. She was part of the Jacob Family Symphony Orchestra and the Pottstown High School Marching Band where she played the xylophone and glockenspiel. She graduated from West Chester State Teachers College and taught elementary school for two years before marrying William E. Sturges, Jr. of Washington, D.C. Bill and Clara made their home in Bethesda, Md., where they raised their two children, Charles and Carol. Clara was the neighborhood children’s storybook reader, a den mother and the librarian at Christ Lutheran Church. When Bill retired from the Interstate Commerce Commission, they moved to New Smyrna Beach, Fla., where they were active members of First Baptist Church for more than 30 years. Clara served on the board of the Crisis Pregnancy Center, an affiliate of First Baptist Church that encourages women to carry their babies to full term rather than have an abortion. Following Bill’s death in 2006, Clara moved to Cottage Glen Assisted Living Facility in Tooele to be close to her son and his family. Clara was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two older brothers, Ken and Albert Jacob. She is survived by her brothers John Jacob and Art (Betty) Jacob, her son Charles (Sharron) Sturges, daughter Carol (Jerry) Sherman, grandchildren Joel Sherman, Dan (Amanda) Sherman, Joanna Sherman, Rachel Sherman, Matthew Sherman, Jerad (Jaclyn) Upwall, Kristin (Matt) Matulonis, Liam Roche, and great-grandchildren Olivia Upwall, Tyler Matulonis and Aria Matulonis. A memorial service will be held Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at Tooele First Assembly of God, 127 N. Seventh St. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Tooele First Assembly of God for a new wheel chair ramp — something Clara fervently hoped would be built soon.

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