CLARISSE (CLEE) URNESS
August 13, 1918 -- December 29, 2012
Funeral services for Clarisse (Clee) Urness, 94, of Frost were held January 8, 2013, at United Lutheran Church, Frost, with the Rev. Arne Halbakken officiating. Clee died December 29, 2012, at Blooming Prairie.
Clarisse Melvina (Jelle) Urness was born August 3, 1918, the daughter of John and Belle (Alfson) Jelle in a rural farm house near Bricelyn. She was the fourth of eight children. She was baptized and confirmed at South Blue Earth Lutheran Church. She attended Jelle country school from 1924 - 1932 and graduated from Bricelyn High School in 1936.
She married Ingvald (Inky) Urness on June 27, 1940, in the South Blue Earth parsonage. Inky nicknamed her "Clee" and she was skown as Clee ever since. They lived in Frost all their married life of 57 years. She was a long-time member of United Lutheran Church, Frost.
She and INky were parents of four children: Joanne, Wayne, Kent and Todd. Clee was a seasonal employee at Bricelyn Canning Company and a reporter for the Kiester-Bricelyn Courier-Sentinel and the Faribault County Register for many years. She was the Frost librarian for 17 years and retired in 1996. She enjoyed playing cards and had an extensive doll collection. Her husband, Inky, died October 16, 1997.
In March, 2003, Clee moved to a senior apartment in Blooming Prairie where she lived six years. She then spent two years at Countryside Assisted Living in Owatonna. In 2010, Clee became a resident of Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie where she died at the age of 94 years, four months and 26 days.
She is survived by her children: Joanne (Roger) Sorenson of Blooming Prairie, Kent (Elizabeth) Urness of Savannah, GA and Todd (Katherine) Urness of Orono; by six grandchildren, two sisters, Burnett Loge of Albert Lea and Dorothy Nassen of Blue Earth; one brother, Myron (Shirrrley) Jelle of Bricelyn; one sister-in-law, Caroline Jelle of Bricelyn, along with many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant son, Wayne, granddaughter, Kelly Sorenson; two brothers: Leonard and Ardin Jelle; two sisters, Alvina Forthun and Idella Beckmann.
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