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Clara M. Fiechtner

August 8, 1941 — May 26, 2024

Sioux Falls, SD formerly Ellendale, ND

Clara M. Fiechtner, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, passed away peacefully May 26, 2024 surrounded by her family. Born on August 8, 1941, in Medina, ND, to Gottlieb Hins Jr. and Emma Kleingartner Hins.

Clara was baptized on April 26, 1942, in Medina, ND, by Rev. Adolph Orman. She was confirmed at Zion Congregational Church in Medina, ND, on June 17, 1956, by Rev. Theodore Bader, with her confirmation verse being Jeremiah 31:3. She confirmed her faith in the LCMS at Concordia Lutheran Church in Jamestown, ND, on July 11, 1965, under Rev. Leonard Ristow.

On August 29, 1965, Clara married Ralph G. Fiechtner at Concordia Lutheran Church in Jamestown, ND, in a ceremony officiated by Rev. Leonard Ristow. Together, they built a loving family and cherished their life in Monango, ND. Clara and Ralph were blessed with twin children, Mark R. Fiechtner and Beth A. Fiechtner, who brought immense joy to their lives.

Clara was a dedicated mother and grandmother. She instilled in her family the values of hard work, simplicity, and kindness, leaving behind a legacy of love and faith that will forever guide them.

Clara's professional life was marked by her commitment and excellence in various roles. She graduated from Medina High School in 1959 and went on to work at the Bank of Steele, First James River National Bank in Jamestown, Medina Clinic, Area Dental Center in Ellendale, and Starion Bank in Ellendale, where she served from 1985 until her retirement in 2005. In addition, she was a longtime volunteer at the Ellendale Public library. 

A devout Christian, Clara was a former member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Monango, ND, where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and was an active member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML). She was a current member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ellendale, ND.

Clara is survived by her twin children, Mark R. Fiechtner (Allison) of Harrisburg, SD, and Beth A. Fiechtner of Harrisburg, SD; granddaughters, Faith and Justus Fiechtner; sister, Darlene Ellingson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Paul and Linda Wiegert; Scarlett Tefft and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; parents, Gottlieb and Emma Hins; twin sister, Adella; sisters, Bernice Guthmiller, Leona Walcker, and Wanda Topp; brothers-in-law, Leslie Guthmiller, Gary Ellingson, Gerald Walcker, and Richard Topp; and parents-in-law, Waldemar and Emma Fiechtner.

Clara's family finds solace in the knowledge that she did not experience pain during her final days. Her love of gardening brought beauty and tranquility into our lives, much like the love she shared with her family and friends. The simple pleasures of coffee and ice cream brought her joy and will be remembered by her family. Clara was known for her impeccable tidiness and people often commented that they could eat off her floor.

Throughout her final days, we were blessed to be by her side, witnessing the grace and peace with which she faced this journey. Her legacy of love, faith, and compassion will continue to inspire us, and we will forever hold her in our hearts, especially as we nurture the beautiful memories she left behind. Her favorite Psalm, the 23rd Psalm, along with her cherished scripture passages from John 14:1-6, Romans 8:31-39, and Luke 2:25-32, reflect the deep faith that sustained her throughout her life.

The funeral is 11am Friday, May 31, 2024 at Zion Lutheran Church, Ellendale with Pastor Paul Preus officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church. Burial is at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, rural Monango, ND. The funeral will be live streamed here on Clara’s obituary page. Arrangements by Hoven Funeral Chapel, Ellendale.

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