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Claudia Goodrich

Claudia Goodrich

Ames, Iowa, formerly Cleghorn, Iowa

Claudia Elizabeth (Johnson) Goodrich, 99, formerly of Cleghorn, died Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Ames.

A celebration of life service will be noon Saturday, July 21, at Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation, in Ames. Burial will be later in Meriden Cemetery.

Claudia was born in Sioux City, on April 2, 1919, to Oscar Alphon and Claudia L (Anderson) Johnson. She was the fourth of five children and graduated from Central High School in Sioux City in 1937 and attended Gustavus-Adolphus College.

She married Lawrence Emery Goodrich, of Cleghorn, on June 14, 1950. They had three children, Dennis, Luann and Karen.

Claudia was a loving wife and excellent homemaker. She cared for relatives, and supported her children and husband. She enjoyed genealogy, was proud of her Swedish heritage and kept in contact with numerous extended relatives. Another point of pride was the three-quarter size cello that her father made and presented to her on Christmas 1934. He called it, "his child of the Depression." It was donated in 1999 to the American Shrine to Music Museum in Vermillion, S.D.

Claudia resided in Cleghorn until 1999 and moved to Maplewood Village in Ankeny, Iowa. In 2004, she married Rev. T.C. Peterson (widower of her sister, Hazel). She moved to Waterford Assisted Living in Ames in 2012.

She is survived by her children, Dennis Goodrich (Julie Schubert) of Ames, Luann (Dennis) Wangeman of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Karen Walters-Crammond (Ray) of Ankeny; stepchildren, Claudia Polzin of Naples, Fla., and Mark (Dawn) Peterson of Duluth, Minn.; grandchildren, Jana, Andrea, Christine, Rachel, Shannon and Meagan; stepgrandchildren, Tiffany, Chase and Marissa; eight great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Bernice McIntosh of Marcus, Iowa, and Pat (Dewey) Behrens of Meriden, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Claudia was preceded in death by her mother and father; sisters, Helen Johnson, Frances Rehm and Hazel Peterson; brother, Lawrence O. Johnson; her husbands, Lawrence E. Goodrich in 1997, and Rev. T.C. Peterson in 2010; and stepson, Timothy Peterson in 2009.

Donations in her name may be made to St. Croix Hospice or the American Shrine to Music Museum.

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