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Claire Rifenberg Ehrhardt departed this life on July 10, 2005, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Mo.
She was born in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 5, 1925, to Milo and Frances Cunningham Rifenberg, and was raised in Michigan, where she graduated from Cleary Business College.
On June 20, 1946, she and Rosco Ehrhardt were married at Ypsilanti, Michigan. They moved to the farm near Squires in 1954.
Mrs. Ehrhardt was a member of the Ava United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, dedicated to community volunteer work.
Mr. Ehrhardt survives; as do two sons, Bill and Phyllis Ehrhardt, of Squires, and Ron Ehrhardt, of Ava; two daughters, Joyce and Larry Visnick, of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Judy and Randy Wray, of Thornfield; also surviving are three grandchildren, Kathy Osiel, of Seymour, Anne Visnick, of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Shay Ehrhardt, of Kennett, Mo.; one great-grandchild, Cody Osiel, of Seymour; a brother, Milo Rifenberg, of Frankford, West Virginia; a sister, Rita Rifenberg, of Kalamazoo, Michigan; other relatives and many, many friends.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 13, at the Ava United Methodist Church, under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ava, with Rev. Greg Dowler officiating. Burial followed in the Ava Cemetery.
The family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent to the Ava United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 356, Ava, MO 65608.