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Clara E. Hamilton

May 5, 1924 — February 24, 2021

Clara E. Hamilton

Clara E. (Franks) Hamilton, age 96, formerly of West 12th Street, Bloomsburg, died at 5:30 p. m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 at the Geisinger Hospice at Maria Hall in Danville.

Born in Gering, Nebraska on May 5, 1924, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Harry K. and Hazel M. (Zavitz) Franks. She was a longtime resident of Bloomsburg and a 1942 graduate of Bloomsburg High School. She also attended Temple University School of Nursing in Philadelphia.

Clara was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bloomsburg. She also was a member of the Frosty Valley Country Club where she participated in the ladies golf league.  She enjoyed playing bridge as a member of several bridge clubs.

Her most important activities centered around her extended family. She was known as “nanny” and also “great nan”. She particularly enjoyed her summer trips to Canada and her winters spent in Key West, Florida.

Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene M. “Gene” Hamilton on September 30, 2019; by a son, Michael E. Hamilton and by her brother, Clifford H. Franks.

Surviving are two daughters: Kathryn H., wife of Joseph G. Reidel, Dana Point, Calif. and Ann E., wife of William “Bill” McLaughlin, Bloomsburg; six grandchildren: Jason Reidel, wife Gorjana, Christy, wife of Don Fann, Jordan Rawlins, and his wife Gwen, Justin Rawlins, and his fiance’ Danielle, Devin McLaughlin, and his wife Morgan, Leigh Ann Hamilton; great-grandchildren: Carter Fann, Emma Fann, Tristan Reidel, Sienna Reidel, Graeme Rawlins, Henry Rawlins, Xander McLaughlin and soon to arrive Olivia Rawlins. She is also survived by nephews Mark Franks and Mike Lang and niece Justine Lang.

Due to current Covid 19 restrictions, her burial will be made at the convenience of the family in New Rosemont Cemetery. There will be a celebration of her life at a later time and place.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market Street, Bloomsburg.


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